History of Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities

The Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat program was developed in 1994 by Dr. Theresa Burke. As of 2020, there are over 1,000 retreats annually at 375 sites worldwide in 49 states and 70 countries, in 27 languages, with over 501,000 total volunteers.

Our site, Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities, was formed as a ministry under Rosaries for Life and held our first retreat in November of 1999. We were blessed to have Bishop Paul Dudley serve with us as our chaplain for this weekend.

About the Retreats:

  • Since 1999, we have offered 60 retreats, serving 603 participants and honoring 1,062 babies.
  • Our participants include people from many backgrounds and abortion experiences:
    • 83% are Catholic
    • 12% are men
    • 34% need financial assistance
    • 27% of retreat attendees hear about us from family/friends, 23% from a church bulletin, 14% from an internet search, and 12% from a priest or pastor.
  • An average of 40 volunteers assist with each retreat in the areas of prayer and preparation for the retreat.
  • The program is an opportunity to examine your abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has impacted you in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings that many individuals struggle with after abortion. Because of the emotional numbness and secrecy that often surrounds an abortion experience, conflicting emotions both during and after the event may remain unresolved. These buried feelings can surface later and may be symptoms of post abortion trauma.
  • Married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings of aborted children, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry have come to Rachel’s Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing. The weekend is a lot of work but yields a fruitful harvest for all who are willing to labor there.

Important Dates:

  • In 2010, Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities became a 501(c)3 non-profit entity.
  • In 2020, we celebrated 20 years of ministry with several events. We are thankful for the Faith, Hope, Healing, and Love that Jesus provided to hundreds of women and men over the past years through the retreats.
      • November 2019 – a Mass of Thanksgiving with Father James Livingston.
      • January 2020 – a panel presentation with Victoria Johnson, Fr. Marcus Milless and Nancy Blom on Harm, Healing and Wholeness: The Rachel’s Vineyard Healing Process. Watch video.
      • November 2020 – a Mass of Thanksgiving with Bishop Andrew Cozzens.
        Watch homily.
        Watch full mass.
  • In 2021, thanks to your support and donations, we increased our ministry outreach by partnering with Relevant Radio and KTIS.
  • In 2022, we launched a refreshed website designed to speak more directly to post-abortive women and men, and to make it easier for people to discover Rachel’s Vineyard online.

About Our Co-Founder

Nancy Blom

Nancy Blom

Nancy Blom co-founded the Twin Cities site of Rachel’s Vineyard and led the ministry from 1999 to 2022. She attended national Rachel’s Vineyard conferences in Louisiana and Pennsylvania, as well as regional conferences in Minnesota and North Dakota. Nancy mentored and trained new site leaders and helped to establish new Rachel’s Vineyard sites in AZ, IL, MN, MO, NJ, WI, Canada, Russia, and a Spanish speaking team for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

We are forever grateful for Nancy’s tireless contributions to minister to those wounded by abortion and bring the light and hope of Jesus Christ to heal broken hearts.


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Champions for Life 2018

In October 2018, Nancy Blom received the Archdiocese’s “Champions for Life Award” in the Professional category.

It has been Nancy’s commitment to this ministry, her organizational and artistic skills, her manner of leadership, her gift of hospitality (making room in her heart for whoever is before her), and her many other gifts that have made the Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities retreats work so very well and dependably. Nancy herself is not post-abortive. But at some point she became familiar with this retreat and felt called by the Lord to make it happen here in the Twin Cities.

Nancy has been with the Twin Cities site for Rachel’s Vineyard ministry from the very beginning in 1999 and still organizes it today. The ministry helps post-abortive women and men heal from abortion and find God’s forgiveness.

Rachel’s Vineyards Twin Cities would have not existed all these years without Nancy’s dedication and commitment. She is a bright light to all those who encounter the ministry of Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities.

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Champions for Life 2011

In October 2011, the Archbishop presented Nancy Blom and the Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities team members with the “Champions For Life” award. The award recognizes the efforts of pro-life volunteers throughout the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

In sharing the recognition for the “Champions For Life” award with all the members of the team, Nancy wrote:

“The team members are the ones whose own healing has brought them from a place of shame and grief to a journey of hope and giving life to others who are still hurting.

Jesus stated that the one “who has been forgiven the most, loves the most”.

These team members of Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cites are the ones who love the most.

They are the ones that Pope John Paul II talked about in his Evangelium Vitae letter, who are the most eloquent defenders of life.

Healing After Abortion: Rachel's Vineyard Twin Cities - Home

There is hope & healing after abortion

Healing retreats for those who have lost a child to abortion. Serving Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN & the upper midwest.

Experience the hope and mercy of Christ… in spite of your past!

Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion.

Confidential   •   Supportive   •   Non- Judgmental

If you’ve lost a child or loved one to abortion, you know that the experience comes with many feelings and thoughts.

Many people have questions like these…

  • How could I let myself do this?
  • Will I ever be able to forgive myself?
  • Where were the people who could have helped me?
  • Do I have the right to grieve the loss of my child?
  • Why hasn’t the pain or shame gone away, even after all these years?
  • Can I rebuild a relationship with God?

We understand. Many of our retreat staff have also experienced the pain of abortion. Our retreats offer you a safe, healing environment where women and men can express, release, and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions. The retreats can start the process of restoration, renewal, and healing.

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From our Attendees:

Testimony from Pete

“After a few years, it hit me what I had done. Reconciliation with the Lord happened and another 10 years passed and I was invited to a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat. After a few more years I decided to attend.

One of the first comments from a team member was “I’m sorry for your loss”. I was blown away by this compassionate, non-judgmental statement…. It made me realize I was still suffering this loss. That weekend all of us were sharing the grief of losing a child by abortion and I witnessed the depth of the human heart and experienced God’s infinite Mercy.”


Testimony from Bishop Andrew Cozzens

“Many women and men carry the wounds and scars of an abortion from their past. God’s desire for them is that they would know his merciful love and healing. Rachel’s Vineyard retreats offer women and men a safe, confidential, powerful, opportunity to receive the healing love of Christ into the painful experiences of their past. Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities makes present the compassion of Christ to all who come at whatever stage they find themselves in processing their past. This apostolate performs an essential part of the Church’s pro-life, pro-woman, care for those who have been wounded by abortion. “

– Bishop Andrew Cozzens

Testimony from Mary

“The Rachel’s Vineyard retreat was a safe and secure haven. I deeply mourned the loss of my first grandchild and expressed my love for her. It was so healing to speak openly to people who understood and who honored my grandchild. I wish everyone impacted by abortions – including grandparents who bear their compounded loss silently – would attend a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat. The staff’s complete acceptance of all they heard truly allowed me and the other women to be honest and to reach down deeply into painful memories. I cannot say enough how impressed I am by their commitment of time, energy, emotion, faith, and love to help other people find God’s healing.”

– Mary

Testimony from Sarah

“For 34 years I had carried a deep isolating loneliness because of the secrets in my life. Then, with a roomful of strangers, I found acceptance and mercy. Through the grieving and healing process of the retreat, I left that isolation at the foot of the cross. Even if I never see the other retreatants again, I know that I have friends who really love me.”


Testimony from Suzanne

“I was terrified to take that first step forward and participate in Rachel’s Vineyard. It seemed safer to remain hiding in the darkness, keeping the pain locked up deep inside rather than to risk exposing my shame to another soul. Now I am grateful to have experienced God’s healing and forgiveness with others in an atmosphere of complete acceptance and trust.”


Testimony from Becky

“I felt so much lighter, so much more peaceful and SO much more hopeful for the future. I made more progress in this ONE weekend than I have in MULTIPLE years of therapy.”


Testimony from Amanda

“Daily for 10 years I’d regretted and mourned alone my abortion decision. I couldn’t change what I’d done and I couldn’t go on with the pain and guilt. In spite of my fear of bringing up the past, I went to a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat where I found safety, comfort, and understanding. And more profoundly, I experienced the forgiveness of God, a hope for tomorrow and the day I meet my baby.”


Testimony from Father Jim Livingston

“You are put in touch with the mystery of suffering, redemption and healing of the soul… You can see Christ working in the retreat, in the people and in yourself. It is a jolt of faith.”

– Father Jim Livingston

Testimony from Carol

“At first I didn’t trust that the retreat would help me or I could talk about it but by the end, I was relieved of a lot of built up feelings.”

– Carol

Testimony from Father Michael Becker

“The healing achieved through the outpouring of God’s mercy and compassion is extraordinary…. one person at a time, souls are rehabilitated and forever grateful.”

– Father Michael Becker

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Are you seeking spiritual and emotional healing after abortion?

Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities retreats welcome people who have experienced the pain of abortion.

For more information about our retreats, please see the Frequently-Asked Questions.

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Spouses & family

(Including Grandparents)

Are you experiencing trauma and pain after your abortion?

  • Confusion

  • Shame

  • Guilt

  • Abortion PTSD Symptoms

  • Numbness

  • Relationship issues

  • Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome

  • Depression

  • Isolation

  • Anger

  • And others…

Thousands of people have experienced healing after their abortions by attending Rachel’s Vineyard retreats around the world. The weekend retreats are offered at a low cost and are provided by trained professionals and staff. Come enjoy a confidential space to process your past and to pave the way for a brighter future.

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