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  • 19 Oct 2017 5:53 PM | Allison Arend (Administrator)

    When you are faced with challenging choices, often it can be difficult to see the effects they will have on your life moving forward. Abortion is one of those choices. Dealing with an unexpected pregnancy can be one of the hardest things anyone (both male and female) must face. This can send many people reeling, looking for a quick answer to their problem. When abortion is chosen, the long-lasting effects can be detrimental. Depression and anxiety are common after an abortion and need to be confronted. That is why we at Bethesda Healing Ministry are here. We strive to help those individuals who are dealing with the aftermath and trauma by offering a safe, reliable and nurturing place to heal.


    What is Bethesda Healing Ministry?

    Our focus at Bethesda is healing and support. We are a non-profit organization compassionately offering long-term help to meet the mental and emotional needs of individuals and couples who have made the choice of abortion and are suffering because of it. Located in Columbus, Ohio, we meet twice a month to engage in group healing/ministry sessions where everyone involved can share their experience and grow.

    As a Catholic-based ministry, we aim to ensure that individuals are met with a family of God. Our pastoral team is attentive to the needs of everyone, including those who call into our anonymous phone line. We’ve been healing and helping with a God-centered focus since 1993.


    Open To Everyone

    Although we are a Catholic ministry, we welcome anyone from all religions to join us for healing. We provide a confidential and open space where anyone can share their experiences.  It is through the love and mercy of God and His beloved Son, Jesus Christ that we are restored and healed and that mercy and love extends to all through our supportive community. 

    How to Start

    Our confidential phone line and companions are always eager to take calls from those looking for advice and compassion. Those who choose to call will receive a free brochure about our services and an offer to attend our next in-person session. You can also request a follow-up phone call or contact our administrative office for any other information you may need.

    How Can I Help?

    As a non-profit organization, Bethesda does receive some grant money, but primarily survives off of monetary donations. Events do happen throughout the year, giving you several opportunities to help us keep our ministry going.


    Bethesda Healing Ministry is all about making sure those suffering from the effects of abortion can recover and overcome the emotional and mental toll that the procedure creates. We provide a positive, supportive, safe and confidential space that anyone can feel comfortable being in. If you are currently suffering from the effects of abortion, we encourage you to contact us and begin your road to healing today.   


  • 13 Oct 2017 9:24 PM | Allison Arend (Administrator)

    We at Bethesda Healing Ministry have no greater goal than to provide healing and restoration. To help us continue this great ministry, sign up to play, volunteer, or donate to our golf outing! Here are the details:

    Abortion is never easy. It can be traumatizing for everyone involved. While the media may portray abortion as something women and couples easily do, medical professionals and individuals know that there is trauma involved in the decision as well as the procedure and that no one chooses the option lightly. At Bethesda Healing Ministry, we aim to help those who have made the difficult choice of abortion through this difficult time, providing recovery services that include help with depression and anxiety. Our goal is to assist both men and women through the healing process and help restore individuals who saw abortion as their only option.

    To financially expand this front-line Ministry's effective long-term outreach to women, men, and families affected by abortion, we are in need of help from our local community, which is why we have created an annual golf outing.

    Outing Dates

    Event Information

    • Monday, October 23. 12 noon.  The Country Club at Muirfield Village
    • Wednesday, October 25. 12 noon.  Safari Golf Club
    • Friday, October 27. 12 noon.  Safari Golf Club

    To register by October 19:

    Contact Jim Coles, PGA of America Life Member at 805-471-2214 or jim@golfpromarathons.com

    Contact Laurence J. Mily, Executive Director - Administration, at 614-314-2125 or lmily@bethesdahealing.org

    If you do not plan to play golf, you are welcome to come for the day including awards dinner about 5:00 PM and donate using one or all of the following links:

    Volunteer Your Time!

    Everyone is welcome at these outings, even if you do not plan to play golf! By donating, you are showing your support for our ministry and the families we care for. Come out, have some fun, and enjoy our refreshments. You can learn more about what we do and the impact we have made on the lives of so many individuals who felt they had no other option.

    If you plan to come and stay for the Awards dinner please register with Mr. Mily at 614-314-2125 by October 19, 2017.


    Prayers Welcome

    For those who can’t make it or cannot help us monetarily, we ask that you continue to keep our ministry and those we work with in your thoughts and prayers. This difficult work is only kept alive by those who believe in its healing. Pray for our protection as we work and help to form a spiritual hedge around those donating their time and skills both during the outing and throughout the year.

    Questions about the annual golf outing? Contact us today at Bethesda Healing Ministry for more information.

  • 10 Jul 2017 1:18 PM | Diana Davis (Administrator)

    "Brothers and Sisters! I heard this song on the radio the other day incarpool.. it took me a few days to find it; I want to share it with you. Each time I hear it, I am reminded to pray for our sweet brothers and sisters still lost in the battle for hope and healing. It reminds me, as a post abortive woman, of the feelings, that can be overwhelming, of despair and hopelessness - not as if reliving them; rather, as a reminder of what my beloved savior has done... it is, after all, His story of victory over death lived out in my journey. This, beloved, is our mission: to bring Christ's love and healing to the broken hearted and to remind them that our loving Father NEVER fails, NEVER forsakes them and NEVER loses His delight in keeping His loving eye on them. We have the privilege to journey with them and remind them of the hope that is deep within their souls! Praise God!" ~ Leah

    Do you want to listen? Tenth Avenue North - I Have This Hope


  • 09 Jun 2016 9:32 AM | Diana Davis (Administrator)

    The following is a guest post by one of our generous volunteers, Maria Elliott.

    In April, several of the Bethesda Healing Ministry leadership members attended a training entitled, “Understanding Abortion Grief, Denial, and Trauma Bonds” given by Trudy M. Johnson, LMFT, author of “Choice Processing and Resolution – FacingGrief After Abortion Without Fear.” Many of the truths and philosophies that Bethesda is built upon were reinforced, enlivening in all of us a renewed spirit. We wanted to share some of the key points with you.

    As we all know, life after abortion can often feel like a solitary road. 

    Picture via Pixabay user Unsplash, Public Domain

    But you are not alone! Since the legalization of choice in 1973, there has been an average of 1.2-1.5 million abortions every year. Processing your experience individually and with others can lead to present and future resolution and peace.

    Abortion grief is real and there are reasons that you feel this grief.

    Abortion stops pregnancy but not the bonding and connection. In 2002, researchers Anne Stevens, MD, PhD and J. Lee Nelson, MD published astonishing results of their Maternal and Fetal Microchimerism study. They report that cells traffic between fetus and mother during pregnancy, perhaps as early as 4-5 weeks gestation. These fetal cells persist for years, probably a lifetime in the circulation of normal women.

    The bonding between woman and baby is real.

    Women and men who have lived through the trauma of abortion are grieving many things:  the loss of the pregnancy, loss of relationships, the loss of dreams, and the loss of control.

    Yet this grief experienced from voluntary termination of pregnancy is often felt as culturally unacceptable grief. There is no permission or public venue to express feelings or grieve. Women and men often believe,  “I don’t have a right to grieve for a loss I was responsible for.”  So the loss becomes a secret. And a highly protected secret: one of the event and another of the grief and pain experienced. This secret often lasts more than 18 years!

    After holding such a secret for so many years, women and men affected by an abortion experience often conclude, “I don’t need someone to validate my choice. I don’t need someone to condemn my choice. I just need someone to validate my grief. “

    As human beings, all losses must be grieved. But often, because of the reasons described above, the grief becomes buried or denied. This buried or denied grief doesn’t just disappear, it comes out in other ways: anxiety, depression, anger, substance use/abuse, and destructive behaviors. Relationships also are greatly affected, for if you are numbing out emotions related to the pregnancy termination, you will also numb out emotions in relationships, leading to issues with boundaries, communication, anger, fear, and shame.

    Many believe that denial protects from the pain, but denial stops the grieving process and can lead to deeper and extended pain.

    There will be challenges to address the “secret”, but the process of identifying and processing the grief will lead to resolution and peace.

    Trudy Johnson describes: “Loss not grieved turns to sorrow in our heart. That sorrow manifests itself as depression or anger. Acceptance precedes change. Accepting that your abortion was a pregnancy loss will give you the permission you need to let yourself “go there” in your grief.”

    Bethesda is such a place where you can “go there.” Other women and men who are experiencing the same pain and grief that you do are willing to share your journey with you. For more information on abortion grief, denial, and trauma, please feel free to contact us.

    You may also find more information at www.Missing pieces.org  and Choice Processing and Resolution: Facing Grief After Abortion Without Fear by Trudy M. Johnson, M.A., L.M.F.T.

    “Tears have  a wisdom all their own. They come when a person has relaxed enough to let go and to work through his sorrow. They are a natural bleeding of an emotional wound, carrying the poison out of the system. Here lies the road to recovery.”  -- F. Alexander Magoun

  • 03 Jun 2016 12:02 AM | Diana Davis (Administrator)

    By Nancy Madrid - BHM Volunteer Coordinator

    As many of you may remember, this past January, a major blizzard hit the East Coast at the same time as the March for Life. As many braved their way to Washington DC to give witness to the dignity and value of every life, the Catholic schools in the Columbus diocese were instructed to cancel their trips. St Charles Preparatory School was among the schools affected by the storm raging miles away. While the students of “Cardinals for Life, Dignity, and Justice”, St Charles’ prolife group, were disappointed, their director, Mr. Michael Warner, was seeking other opportunities for them to serve and be part of prolife work here in the local community.

    So, he contacted us!

    I had the pleasure of speaking with these young men at their regular meeting. I gave a brief overview of Bethesda Healing Ministries history and mission, as well shared with them our new promotional video. They were then invited to share in the work of the ministry by being our “helping hands”.

    The first task we gave them was to distribute Benefit Dinner bulletin board flyers to all the parishes that had agreed to post them. The posters and parish addresses were provided and they promptly ran with it, forming teams and delivering the posters as requested. They quickly reported back that the task had been completed!

    Next, they were asked to assist us by being available to receive and unload all the flowers being donated and delivered to St. Charles for the Benefit Dinner. They carefully unloaded the plants and stored them in a safe location. The following day, they were on hand to help with finalizing the table and room set up for the dinner. These tasks added up to a tremendous help to us and were greatly appreciated.

    We are so pleased to have the Cardinals for Life, Dignity, and Justice as part of our volunteer team now. The young men continue to serve the ministry by putting their energy to work at 5 Porticos. They have been to the center three times since the benefit dinner. One day was spent spring-cleaning on the inside (washing windows, wiping down lights, blinds, and walls, sweeping, etc.) Two more days were spent preparing, planting, and mulching all the flower beds. They have made 5Porticos an inviting place, from the driveway to the chapel. This summer they plan to come back to help with some painting and repairs.

    Although the young men of St. Charles were halted by the storm, God has used their desire to be part of the prolife work by uniting their energy and talents with Bethesda Healing Ministry. We have been blessed and look forward to working with them in the years to come.


  • 26 May 2016 10:16 AM | Diana Davis (Administrator)

    Here is a beautiful and powerful radio show from The Catholic Doctors on St. Gabriel Radio, AM 820. It is worth the listen! The following is a link to the radio show on St. Gabriel and the second link is a downloadable file (right click on the link and save). 

    http://stgabrielradio.com/programs/audio-archive-2/the-catholic-doctors/

    CatholicDoctors_PostAbortion_051816.mp3


  • 13 May 2016 9:00 AM | Diana Davis (Administrator)

    Sharing some of the good works of our friends...

    At the request of the members of the Catholic Faith community at the Marion Correctional Institute (MCI) of Marion, Ohio, a first-ever Catholic Retreat was held recently at that facility. As we are in the Year of Mercy, as declared by Our Holy Father Pope Francis, the inmates had suggested a theme of “Mercy and Forgiveness” for the retreat. As might be imagined, many incarcerated men suffer rejection or alienation from family members; often being labeled as the “black sheep” of their respective families. Hence, Catholic inmates reached-out to mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and / or wives, to mutually immerse themselves together in an experience of this supernatural attribute of God, through this retreat.

    Msgr. Frank Lane’s soothing, pastoral counsels opened the retreat with his keynote conference, and later was celebrant and homilist at Mass. Former MCI Warden (and Marysville Our Lady of Lourdes parishioner) Mrs. Margaret Beightler expounded on the teachings and example of Pope Francis, especially as manifested in his recent U.S. visit. All were deeply touched by the powerful witness of Rachel Muha, who has resisted understandable emotions of resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness following the cruel murder of her son, but instead has chosen the Christ like option of channeling her deep sentiments into loving service to the disadvantaged, through her founding of the “Run the Race” Apostolate.

    Columbus chapter members of the L.M.C.’s (Lay Missionaries of Charity) were on hand to provide the service of serving a delightful lunch of pizza and pop, complete with lavish desserts (which it was hoped was not the real reason for the inmates’ attendance)! Other inspirational talks followed, interspersed with a praying of the Rosary, and concluding with a time of private audience with the ultimate source of mercy, namely through Adoration of Our Eucharistic Lord, and closing with Benediction.

    This post is courtesy of Fr. Joseph Klee. Photo is courtesy of MCI.

  • 11 May 2016 9:00 AM | Diana Davis (Administrator)

    We just had to share this beautiful reflection with you...

    The Sisters have heard me talk about a phenomenon that I have never been able to forget. When I was a young priest teaching school I would take students into various segments of the “real world”. I would always take them, among other places, to a steel factory to see men working very hard under terribly demanding circumstances. It was a fascinating thing. All over a huge floor that seemed to go on forever were these great big stacks of twisted, broken pieces of metal. The metal was rusted and repulsive looking. Great big scoops would come, hanging from a crane, and pick up big mounds of metal and lift them up and hurl them into an open hearth furnace. You couldn’t look into the furnace without dark glasses on. The heat was incredible and the light blinding. That same metal would be scooped out and poured from a giant ladle into containers. As it would be poured down from fifty feet above, it looked simply like a stream of fire when it was actually molten steel. All of the ugly scraps of metal had been transformed by the fire, now in liquid form pouring down into the ingots. You couldn’t tell where the fire left off and the metal began.

    That’s what happens to the soul that is caught up in the furnace of Divine Love. This is what it means to be in Christ. We become so transformed that people aren’t sure, and ultimately you’re not sure, where Christ leaves off and you begin. Don’t we need that in this tired world? Don’t we need that in this culture that we read about? Sister’s you’re the ones thought to be melancholy and gloomy! You’re the ones thought to have deprived yourselves of so much by leaving what the world has to offer  so that you can offer the world infinitely more---the Light in the virginal womb.

    We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness

    -From the Sister's of Life, 6th Annual Discernment Retreat led by Fr. John Cardinal O'Connor

  • 27 Apr 2016 9:10 AM | Diana Davis (Administrator)

    As affiliates of the Sisters of Life, we'd like to share this with you:

    Dear Co-Worker of Life-

    Please see below for our April Co-Worker of Life meditation and prayer intentions for the women and children we are serving in our Visitation Mission. May God bless you and your families!

    In Christ our Life,

    The Sisters of Life Visitation and Co-Worker of Life Missions

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    Blessed is she who Believed

    Josephine had plans for her life: she was working and getting ready to go back to school; she even had a ‘vision board’ with all of her goals for the future. Getting pregnant before marriage was not one of them. When she found out that she was pregnant, one of the first things she did was find a priest to go to Confession. But the pressure from everyone around her was too strong and she made an appointment for an abortion. At the clinic, she saw a sonogram of her baby and received the grace to walk out. Then she remembered that the priest had given her our number and she called us. Now, just 24 hours later, she was kneeling in our chapel and praying this prayer:

    “Lord, I do believe that you have a great plan for me and this baby. I know that you will take care of me like you have always taken care of me.  I’m sorry for all of my sins; please forgive me. You know that this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to face. It’s scary, but I believe everything will be okay.  I thank You, Lord, for all the many blessings of my life, and I thank You for the gift of this baby.”

    As she prayed this prayer, I was deeply touched by her courage and her extraordinary faith. It struck me that this simple yet profound prayer could teach all of us so much about the mercy of God and how to receive that mercy.

    The first thing we can learn from Josephine and her prayer is faith and trust. She is afraid, but she believes in her heavenly Father’s goodness and trusts in His providential care. Jesus told St. Faustina: “The graces of My mercy are drawn by one vessel only, and that is trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive.” Josephine’s ‘yes’ to this child was and will continue to be an act of pure faith and trust in God. Even though she will be able to continue with many of her plans, her life will nonetheless change dramatically: she now has a little soul entrusted by God to her care. All of her family and friends are telling her she can’t do this, that it will ruin her life, yet by the grace of God, like Our Lady, she has the courage to say ‘yes’. She believes in God’s love and mercy and she trusts in His plan for her life. “Yes, blessed is she who believed, that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled." (Luke 1:45)

    It is this great faith and trust that Josephine has in the Lord that enables her to pray the second part of her prayer: “I’m sorry Lord for all my sins, please forgive me. You know this is the hardest thing I’ve had to face ….I know that You will take care of me.” In humility, she knows that she has done wrong, that she has many faults and failings, that she is a sinner. Yet she doesn’t let this discourage her or turn her away from God – rather by acknowledging her weakness, she also acknowledges her need for Him. Once again she trusts enough in the heavenly Father’s goodness and mercy that she knows He will lift her up. St. Peter Julian Eymard says “If you fall, raise yourself up again by humble trust and repentance. Self-abasement that is content to remain in its abjection is the same as pride humiliated and in defiance. Sincere humility flies to God on wings of faith.

    Josephine’s true humility leads her, and us, to the final and possibly most striking and admirable element of Josephine’s prayer, which is praise and thanksgiving – “ ... and I thank You Lord for all the many blessings of my life and I thank You for the gift of this baby.” She is not only grateful to God for the mercy He has shown her by forgiving her failings, she also recognizes the blessings of her life as mercy received from Him. With the eyes of faith and living in a spirit of gratitude, Josephine is able to praise and thank God in this situation of trial and uncertainty. This truly is the greatest and most beautiful expression of her trust in Him.

    Blessed Mother, we continue to celebrate in a special way in this Easter season the Passion, Death and Resurrection of your Son, in which He reveals to us the depths of the Father’s love and mercy. Please, journey with us and help us to open our eyes to see and our hearts to receive His fathomless mercy. With great trust, humility and gratitude we join with the whole church in proclaiming that “His mercy endures forever!” (Psalm 88)

    Amen.

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    For Veronica, that she may receive prudence to make an important decision regarding her family and for the grace to continue to choose life.

     

    For Patricia and her children, that she may receive continued grace, encouragement, and hope in the midst of the variety of demands in her life.

     

    For Raquel, who is facing family and financial difficulties, and for the healthy growth of her twins.

     

    For Maria, who needs to find a safe place to live and a job, as well as inner healing.

     

    For Marcela, a college student who needs support to continue with her classes as she embraces her unexpected pregnancy.

     

    For Natalia, that her baby may have a safe and healthy delivery.

     

    For Monica, who is a college student due to give birth at the end of April, that her delivery and semester may go well.

     

    For Jane, who gave birth this past month and is need of prayers.

     

    For Ellen, 20 years old, that she may have the courage to move forward in her pregnancy.

     

    For Victoria, that she may receive strength and grace to continue to choose life and for the conversion of heart of her family and friends.

     

    For Gina, who is in need of prayers for her health and the health of her baby.

     

    For a miracle of healing for baby Margaret through the intercession of Blessed Margaret of Costello.

     

    For Ashley, who is adjusting to motherhood and is struggling to do it on her own.

     

    For Melanie, that she may have the courage to stay away from an abusive husband.

     

    For Susan, who is hoping to move toward marriage with the father of her baby, for guidance in their relationship.

     

    For Terri, that she may have perseverance in choosing life.

     

    For Barbara, age 17, who is vulnerable to abortion, that she may have the courage to choose life.

     

    For Elizabeth, a vulnerable pregnant woman who turned around from an abortion clinic, that she may have the grace and courage to continue to choose life.

     

    For Mary, age 15, for the grace and strength she needs to choose life.

     

    For Freddy and Gianna, for openness as they return to the Sacraments, and clarity as they struggle with decisions about their future.

     

    For Sally, that she may find a job and proper housing.

     

    For Chiara, that she may be set free from addiction and find a good job and housing.

     

    For Stephanie, Yoli, Kenya, Rachel, and Reauchine, as well as their children, for every grace they need as they journey through our RCIA program. 

     

    For Beth, for healing in the relationship with her mother, and that she may find proper housing.

     

    For Nicole, that she may get into the parenting college program she has applied for.

     

    For Diane, that she may find a good job.

     

    For Jasmine, that she may have the grace and support to choose life.

     

    For Tanya, for her health throughout her pregnancy and that she may find steady work.

     

    For Judy, for the courage to choose life.

     

    For Tess, that she may have the grace and support she needs to choose life.

     

    For Diana, that she may find a job.

     

    For Jodie and Carrie, for spiritual healing.

     

    For Yolanda, for healing for her marriage and for her discernment.

     

    For Fred, for healing from addiction.

    For Olivia, Georgia, Susan and Nancy, for their strength.

     

    For Rose, for the grace to choose life and for healing of her insomnia.

     

    For Brenda, for the grace to choose life.

     

    For healing for Terry and Layla.


  • 19 Apr 2016 11:31 AM | Diana Davis (Administrator)

    The devil often tells two lies to women who have had an abortion.

    The first one is before the abortion: “Abortion is not really a big deal-you will never regret this action” and the second one is after abortion: “Abortion is such a big sin that you can never be forgiven or healed.” The second lie is even more insidious than the first because it makes women despair of God’s mercy. Both lies are told to the woman in isolation, and it is precisely through a relationship, through a community, that these lies are exposed, first perhaps in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and then enlarged upon in the prayerful space at Bethesda. Within the safe space of the Bethesda community, men and women can finally open themselves more fully to the grace and loving mercy of God.

    The Lord Jesus promised that he would be present in a community: “wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there will I be in their midst” -and this promise is visible and realized at Bethesda.

    Please help women who may feel isolated in this way find Bethesda. Share this post, ask to have it shared in your church bulletin, tweet it, pin it, and please pray for the men and women in this ministry. Thank you!

    Thank you to Seminarian Jonathan Howell for writing the bulk of this post


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