June 20, 2011

Kudos To Visitation House of Worcester, MA

I recently received the semi annual newsletter from Visitation House in Worcester, MA.  They are in their 7th year of operation!  That's fanatastic.

Visitation House is the only Catholic home in Massachusetts for women in crisis pregnancies.

According to their newsletter, over the past six years, they have been home to 107 women, 47 babies, and two toddlers, and, they are expecting four new babies in the next few months. 

So they do not put themselves in a position where they might be pressured to compromise their pro-life values, they do not accept any government funding.  They are a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization with operating expenses ~$22,000/month.  Along with a doctor and other lay people, they have deacons and priests on the Board of Directors.

These things, however, do not necessarily make the house Catholic.  When I visited several years ago, among other things, I noted crucifixes on the walls, celebrations of feast days, and the enforcement of traditional Catholic morals.  My guess is that these organic evangelical features are all still in place - and more, influencing the clients in a real and positive Catholic way. 

May God continue to bless them in their ministry.

All newsletters can be accessed here.


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