Theresa has been involved in post abortion work in many different capacities, most recently as the Director of Lumina/Hope & Healing after Abortion, a post abortion ministry under the arm of Good Counsel Homes.
With the Sisters of Life, Theresa co-developed the healing ministry, “Entering Canaan, a Sacramental Journey to an Inheritance of Mercy”. The manual of “Entering Canaan” was published for distribution by the United Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2004 and is conducted across the country and the world.
Theresa has done many public speaking engagements throughout the country and internationally. Her articles have been published in The Post Abortion Review, Catholic Online, National Catholic Register, American Life Leagues ALL, Catholic Exchange, Aleteia, and other publications. She has been interviewed for Faith and Family magazine, Catholic New York, National Catholic Register and has appeared on EWTN’s Sunday Night Live with Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, as well as other media. In 2000, Theresa’s testimony was included in the annual Respect Life Month Packet of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In January 2005 Theresa, along with Fathers Mariusz Koch and George Stewart, began Entering Canaan retreats for post abortive men. Seeing the great need, with Father Koch she also began days for those suffering from a past abortion due to an adverse pre natal diagnosis, and for siblings of aborted babies. Theresa also continues to write yearly Entering Canaan “Mercy” renewal retreats in order to continue the post abortion healing process.
With the Theresa also developed a prayer service with the Family Life Office of New York, “An Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession” which is now held in different diocese across the country and is available in both English and Spanish.
An Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession (APRI) is, as its name suggests: a prayer service, created in the spirit of the New Evangelization, for the entire local community. acknowledging abortion’s universal impact through reflections and testimonies offered as part of the day. It provides the opportunity for everyone to come together in an extended period of prayer, and contemplation, seeking forgiveness and healing for our entire nation. In 2009 the service was televised from St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and has since spread to a number of other dioceses, among them, Washington, DC; Paterson, NJ; Providence, RI; Austin Texas, Bridgeport, CT, Attleboro, MA, and Rockford, IL and others.
In June 2002, Theresa was the recipient of the 2nd Annual John Cardinal O’Connor Award for her work with those who are post abortive. She currently is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors Post Abortion Division and also serves on the Advisory Board of Be Not Afraid, a ministry for those who have received an adverse pregnancy diagnosis.