Project Rachel

Project Rachel, the Catholic Church's ministry to those who have been involved in abortion, is a diocesan-based network of specially trained priests, religious, counselors, and laypersons who provide a team response of care for those suffering in the aftermath of abortion. In addition to referring for Sacramental Reconciliation, the ministry provides an integrated network of services, including pastoral counseling, support groups, retreats and referrals to licensed mental health professionals.

It's normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one's heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness.

Services We Offer

Support Groups

Meet weekly in a safe space with other women and men who share your experience.


Come spend a weekend in community with fellow retreatants to process spiritual and emotional struggles with trained professionals.

Individual Counseling

Ms. Thompson, Project Rachel Coordinator and trained therapist, is available for outpatient services at the Hammond office.

Spiritual Guidance

Deacon John Bacon, Project Rachel’s Spiritual Advisor, is available for one-on-one spiritual guidance.


Any prayer requests will be directed to Deacon John and the prayer rotation team.


Please contact us to request booklets and brochures for more information on abortion and our program.

Outside Referrals

For individuals seeking information regarding outside help such as battered women’s shelters, unwed mothers’ homes, psychiatric services, homeless shelters, or food pantries, please call 219-844-4883 x308.

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Meet the Team

Catholic Charitie, Diocese of Gary

Clare Thompson

Therapist & Project Rachel Coordinator
Ms. Thompson obtained her master’s in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015. She has her license in Illinois and is currently working toward her licensure in Indiana. Clare has a special affinity for women’s issues and was fortunate enough to be immersed in Catholic culture at Franciscan University of Steubenville as an undergraduate student.

Deacon John Bacon, MA

Deacon & Project Rachel Spiritual Advisor
Deacon John Bacon was ordained June 10, 2000. He has 15 years combined experience as a chaplain at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City and as a healthcare chaplain in the spiritual care department of Franciscan Health Dyer/ Hammond/ Munster. Deacon John has a B.A. in religious studies, a B.A. in psychology, an M.A. in Catholic bioethics. He has been married for 44 years and is the father of two, grandfather of five.

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