“… And in the desert people of faith are needed who, with their own lives, point out the way to the Promised Land and keep hope alive.”
Pope Benedict XVI,
Homily, Year of Faith , 2012
On January 29th, 2005, the “Entering Canaan” ministry held its
first “Day of Prayer and Healing” for men at the Claremount Retreat Center In Mt. Arlington, New Jersey. Hosted by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and Father George Stewart, the group of eight men were led through the beautiful day by scripture, prayer, discussion, healing and the celebration of the Eucharist.
Following the same format as the “Days of Prayer & Healing,” but with different readings and a focus on fatherhood, a priest, along with post abortive men who have attended the ministry, lead the day which consist of a testimony by a post abortive man, talks by the priests, a film on post abortion, and a chance to share with one another.
The opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are also available. The results have been so blessed, as more and more men learn of the retreat and come forward to reclaim their fatherhood.
Quotes from some of our men:
“ I have been waiting for over twenty years to see something offered for men who have been involved in abortion!”
“ The men’s retreat saved my life. Thank you”
“I rode the subway back with a bunch of the other guys and I can tell that the day was a step towards healing for each of us, in our own unique way. We even exchanged emails and plan to stay in touch, and maybe have each other to reach out to when the days are tough. Thanks for all you do in your mission. You truly do the work of a saint.”
“I wanted to thank you for recommending that I come to the retreat. I think it was a very important step for me to work to try to get over my own pain in this situation, but more importantly to help love my fiance the right way going forward.”
“The day was a personal first for me as I shared my testimony after the morning scripture reading. The men gave so much of themselves to the day and all hearts made a connection in some way with each other and with Our Lord. The efforts of the team paid large dividends as even the hardest of hearts were soften by Our Lord’s grace.
We are looking forward to continued success.
Words cannot explain how the retreat helped me… I have hope where there was none. It is time for me to let go of negative feelings. I thought that time would never come. My broken heart is healing.”
I attended the first Entering Canaan, a day of prayer & healing for post abortion men.I learned how to begin forgiving myself and opening myself to God’s endless mercy.It was a day where I l discovered I am not alone and that there is a great need for this ministry to men and how we are effected by abortion.