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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

This is a very long entry about the June Rachel's Vineyard national training conference.

As we noted at the time, the American Life League ended their four-year sponsorship of Rachel's Vineyard in December. Priests for Life subsequently agreed to sponsor this post-abortion ministry.

Although most things about Rachel's Vineyard seem to be the same, they recently re-designed the graphics on their webpage and in my never-to-be-humble opinion, for the worse.

Rachel's Vineyard has a monthly newsletter, Vine and Branches. This newsletter goes out via email and then is posted on their webpage. Although I did receive a March issue of Vine and Branches, that edition hasn't been posted on their webpage. Neither has their conference information.

Hopefully these webpage transition issues will straighten out over time.

In the meantime, Rachel's Vineyard has a great-sounding four day conference planned. The conference is sponsored as a joint project of Rachel's Vineyard and The Rachel Network. The Rachel Network is an undertaking of Dr. Martha Shuping. Shuping is a psychiatrist in North Carolina who has been active in post-abortion ministry for many years.

For additional information about the conference beyond what is available below, contact Martha Shuping directly.

Rachel's Vineyard - Rachel Network Post-Abortion Leader's Conference

Dates: June 20-24, 2004
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina

Kathleen Ames-Oliver, MA, LPC, is a professional coach and counselor at
the University of Kansas where she also teaches courses in Spiritual
Leadership, Facilitation, Change Management, Communications, and
Conflict Resolution. She holds degrees in Performance Theatre and
Counseling Psychology from The University of Missouri at Kansas City and
has over 15 years experience in the counseling field. She pioneered
efforts to bring Project Rachel and Rachel's Vineyard retreats and
support groups to the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and has
served as a facilitator, counselor and mentor on numerous retreats since

Mary Alice Basconi has a degree in journalism and has worked for city
newspapers in Detroit, Dallas, and Fort Lauderdale and has written for
the newspaper of the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee. She has served in
Youth Ministry and in other ministries within her parish in Johnson
City, TN. Married with three children, she is currently in a graduate
degree program in Communications.

Kathryn Berkowitz, certified perinatal educator and doula, CLA, CCE
(ALACE), CLD, CPD (CAPPA). Kathryn has years of experience in the
childbirth field, and is also an ordained nondenominational minister.
She has been active in post-abortion ministry since the 1980's and is a
Rachel's Vineyard facilitator in North Carolina.

Theresa Karminski Burke, Ph.D., DAPA, NCP, is author of the Rachel's
Vineyard retreat manual which bears an Imprimatur, and author of the
book Forbidden Grief. Theresa, with her husband Kevin, founded and
directs Rachel's Vineyard Ministries. The Rachel's Vineyard retreats are
used by crisis pregnancy centers, diocesan Project Rachel offices,
Respect Life offices, and many other ministries throughout the U.S. and
the world, in many different countries. Dr. Burke is a Licensed
Professional Counselor, a nationally certified psychologist; a diplomat
of the American Psychotherapy Association, and a diplomat of the
American Board of Forensic Counselors. She is also the author of other
books and articles and has appeared many times on EWTN.

Kevin Burke, M.S.S., LSW, is a licensed social worker and director of
Rachel's Vineyard. He is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College's Graduate
School of Social Sciences. He formerly served as the administrator of
Mother's Home, a crisis pregnancy residence that provides housing,
computer job training and programs for women in crisis pregnancies.
Kevin also served as a social work supervisor for Catholic Social
Services in Philadelphia, Pa., for eight years.

Fr. Robert Faricy, S.J., is Emeritus Professor of Spirituality at the
Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is author of 12 books
including "Your Wounds I Will Heal." He currently divides his time
between his American Jesuit community at Marquette University in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Rome where he teaches and has been a
consultant to the Pope.

Richard E. Faulk, Ph.D., Psychology, and M.Div. in Theology and
Counseling, is a Texas Certified Psychologist, and a Texas Licensed
Professional Counselor. He is a Clinical Member of the American
Association for Marriage and Family, also a member of the American
Society of Training and Development (ASTD), and of the Houston
Industrial/Organizational Psychologists (HIOP). He is President of
Faulk & Associates, a management consulting firm which specializes in
Human Resources and Organizational development. His firm provides
services related to employee psychological testing, employee training,
motivation and incentive programs, and time management. He has a wide
range of experience in both management and ministry, and has given
workshops on interpersonal skills, marriage and family, communication,
and personal development throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has taught
in a graduate program for the University of San Diego. He is currently
active in leadership with Marriage Ministries International. He serves
as President of the Board of Directors for John Bosco Institute, the
parent organization for Rachel Network.

Georgette Forney is the Executive Director for NOEL (National
Organization of Episcopalians for Life) and co-founder (with Janet
Morana of Priests for Life) of the National Silent No More Awareness
Campaign. She serves as a member of the Episcopal Church of the USA
Standing Committee for National Concerns. She is also Secretary of the
National Pro-Life Religious Council's Board of Directors and is on the
Steering Committee for the Women Deserve Better campaign. She recently
served as host for the television infomercial "Tilly."

She has spoken at the National Right to Life Convention for the several
years as well as at the National Memorial for the Unborn Service in
Washington, D.C., and at Silent No More events in Washington, D.C. which
she organized. She has also spoken at numerous State Right to Life
conventions/rallies, College and University Life
organizations/conferences, Episcopal Churches and the 21st Century
Renewal Conference.

Mary Kominsky is a member of the Archdiocese of Newark Rachel's Vineyard
Team. She was a participant on a Rachel's Vineyard weekend in January of
1999, and became a team member later that year. She has worked as team
on many weekends and is also an active member of the monthly support
group which is part of the aftercare follow-up from the retreat offered
by the Archdiocese. Mary has also completed her fifth year as a speaker
representing Youth for Life giving her witness to Catholic High Schools,
Confirmation classes, adult conferences, youth ministry gatherings and
at Sunday masses. She has also been a speaker during previous years at
the Rachel's Vineyard International Leadership Conference. Mary and
Cheryl Riley will be Co-Leaders for Rachel's Vineyard Retreat in Staten
Island this summer. Mary and her husband reside in New Jersey with their
12 year old daughter.

Michelle Krystofik has been working in the Respect Life Office of the
Archdiocese of Newark for the past 12 years. She currently serves as
the Associate Director. Michelle has facilitated 26 Rachel's Vineyard
retreats in the Archdiocese of Newark since October, 1997 and has
mentored many new sites. She is currently the new site co-ordinator
for Rachel's Vineyard. Michelle has presented workshops in Kearny, New Orleans and Oklahoma City at the Rachel's Vineyard Leadership Training
Conferences and has traveled internationally to help establish Rachel's
Vineyard in Portugal, planting the vineyard so it can spread into Spain
and other parts of Europe.

Janet Morana, P.D., is a co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness
Campaign, a national effort to assist women who have had abortions to
share their testimonies. As Associate Director of Priests for Life, she
has traveled extensively throughout the country, giving pro-life
training seminars, and representing Priests for Life at various local
and national pro-life conferences. She has worked with Fr. Pavone since
1988 and oversees several important departments at Priests for Life,
including pro-life resources. She is featured on Fr. Pavone's Defending
Life Series seen on EWTN. She is a former member of the executive board
of the Staten Island Right to Life Committee. In 1993, she ran for the
New York City Council on the Right-to-Life Line and received the largest
percentage of votes of any Right to Life candidate in the Party's

Cheryl Riley is a member of the Archdiocese of Newark Rachel's Vineyard
Team. Cheryl has been on team many times since January, 1998. She is a
speaker representing Youth for Life giving her witness to Catholic High
Schools, Confirmation classes, adult conferences, Youth Ministry
gatherings and at Sunday masses. Cheryl and Mary Kominsky will be
Co-Leaders for Rachel's Vineyard Retreat in Staten Island this summer.
Cheryl is married and the mother of three children.

Susan Stanford Rue, Ph.D., is co-director of the Institute for Pregnancy
Loss, and has spoken on post-abortion issues for the past two decades.
She is author the book, Will I Cry Tomorrow? She is a former university
vice-president and psychology professor.

Constance Russo was trained by Martha Shuping, M.D., and served as a
volunteer on the Rachel's Vineyard team in the Diocese of Charlotte, NC,
prior to moving to Texas where she know serves on the team in the Fort
Worth area. Constance has spoken to parish women's groups and to youth
groups about Rachel's Vineyard and post-abortion issues. Through her
work in management within the fashion industry, she has experience and
training in public speaking. She serves as a media consultant to the
international Rachel's Vineyard office.

Celia Ryan, LCSW, is a board-certified clinical social worker in private
practice in Maryland. She is a nationally certified grief therapist and
has been involved with the Washington, D.C., archdiocese's Project
Rachel since 1991 and more recently with Rachel's Vineyard. She is a
consultant to a local hospice and gives workshops and trainings on grief
and loss and related issues.

Martha Shuping, M.D. is a psychiatrist in Winston-Salem, NC. She has a
medical degree from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr.
Shuping completed her psychiatric residency at North Carolina Baptist
Hospital in 1988. She also has an M.A. in pastoral ministry from
University of Dayton, and a B.S. in Psychology from the Honors College,
Michigan State University. She is co-author with David Reardon, Ph.D.,
on medical studies related to the effects of abortion. Dr. Shuping runs
the Rachel's Vineyard retreat through Rachel Network, a non-profit
organization, within her home diocese of Charlotte, NC. She also has
been active in training volunteers for Rachel's Vineyard teams
throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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