Raising Children In Hell’s Kitchen

New York City officials now report that 45% of pregnancies end in abortion.  It’s over 60% for African Americans.

Sisters ‘For Life’ is a Roman Catholic Order celebrating its 20th anniversary in New York City.  They take the usual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.  Their fourth vow is “to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.”

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan received this Order when it began under Cardinal O’Connor on November 02, 1989.  There are now over 70 members, all professional women, average age is 37.

The Nuns connect with unmarried pregnant women.  They also help with those who suffer from the trauma of past abortions.  Their ‘visitation mission’ is to help these pregnant women understand that they have options.

The Nuns say that the vast majority of the pregnant women the come into contact with firmly believe that their social and professional lives, and the possibility of marriage IS OVER, UNLESS THEY ABORT!

The Nuns counsel about 700 women a year.  Most live at home, many are placed in private homes or in maternity facilities run by other religious orders.  Most stay at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan, Hell’s Kitchen section.

It is interesting to note that the Nuns have an open, public and firm policy.  They don’t baptize, convert, or ask that others to pray.   Since they began taking women at the Convent in Hell’s Kitchen 150 babies have been born there.

Sister Rita Marie explains that many of the women who come here return later with husbands and professional jobs.

“Life can turn on a dime.”

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Systematic Theologian/International Relations
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