Send Me an Angel (The Leaven)

OVERLAND PARK — “Lord, help! Send an angel!” has long been the prayer of people in trouble.

For women in crisis pregnancies, the angels have arrived, thanks to the Gabriel Project.

The Gabriel Project is a parishbased pro-life ministry that uses volunteers — known informally as “angels” — to do one-on-one mentoring with pregnant women in crisis. The ministry began in Austin, Texas, and is very popular there, expanding to more than 40 different parishes in the Diocese of Austin. It has also spread to several locations beyond Texas.

Holy Cross Parish in Overland Park is the site of the first Gabriel Project ministry here in the archdiocese, and the site of the first training session held on Oct. 24. Ten women — the first angels — attended this session.

“It was a good, strong group of people,” said Lea Connor, a member of Holy Cross Parish, who attended the training. “That’s what I’m really excited about. The nature of this is so positive and help-oriented. I think there are at least that many more people in the parish who are interested in helping who could not be at the parish that day.”

Connor said it would still be a couple of months before the Gabriel Project is up and running here.

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