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Susan Cirba Life Issues - Maternity Homes

Pregnant? Need Help? If you live in the Scranton area, call St. Joseph's Center or Clara's House.

St. Joseph's Center offers non-judgmental and compassionate counseling to women who are experiencing an untimely pregnancy. Pregnant? Need Help? If you live in the New York City area, call Good Counsel.

In 1985, Father Benedict Groeschel was one of three founders of Good Counsel homes for single mothers and their babies. Before, during and after the birth of their babies, moms can turn to Good Counsel for help. Over 3,000 women and children have received residential help and life skills training.

"Every night we have 55 or more mothers plus their babies in all our homes. Sometimes it has been 110. If its an emergency, you're pregnant, and have no safe place to stay, you call Good Counsel.", said Father Groeschel in a recent visit to Scranton. Good Counsel operates five homes in New York: the Bronx, Staten Island, Spring Valley, Poughkeepsie, and Harrison, New York and hope to open homes in other areas. For additional information about Good Counsel homes go online to

Father Benedict Groeschel CFR, Director of the Office of Spiritual Development of the Archdiocese of New York, author, pro-life leader, and well-known EWTN television personality addressed the twentieth annual Conference sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Scranton.

Father Groeschel, who was sent to jail for praying the rosary in front of an abortion clinic, reminded those gathered, "Blessed are they who suffer persecution". He told the crowd "There is only self-fulfillment with God because self filled with self is not fulfilling. We must slow down, focus on the Lord, on prayer and listening."

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