Speaking, Workshops & Trainings

Speaking About Post Abortion Healing
Lumina is not only committed to help those suffering from a past abortion by referring them to the resources they need in the form of professional therapists, clergy, and ministries, we also provide retreats, outreach, and education through public speaking and workshops .

Please see below for a list of available workshops.

To invite Theresa, or another post abortive person to witness at your parish, school, or event, call: 718-881-8008, or email us at lumina@postabortionhelp.org

The following are a list of workshops :

Reaching Out with Compassion to those in Your Families, Churches, and Communities
Concrete applications in reaching out to those we know are suffering from the aftermath of abortion in our communities, churches, and families.  Dynamic interaction in learning to be an instrument of Mercy to those we know who suffer from abortion. How language can bring a message of either mercy or condemnation.

Post Abortive Training for Priests
Theresa Bonopartis, along with Rev. Mariusz Koch, CFR , give an overview of post abortion stress, perceptions of God for those suffering, and practical applications for the clergy such as reaching out in homilies, and penance in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


Adverse Diagnosis Workshop
 “Special Considerations When Providing Support to Post-Abortive Couples who Experienced Prenatal Diagnosis” .
This workshop will provide information concerning the false compassion of “medical interruption of pregnancy” abortions following prenatal diagnosis, common coping strategies and the implications for healing

The Impact of Abortion on Relationships
This workshop will provide information concerning the impact of abortion on couples and the dynamics it brings to relationships, from dating to engagements to marriage as well as adverse diagnosis while offering suggestions on how to heal and truly become “one”.

The Effect of Abortion on Siblings
Lumina has, for the past six years, sponsored “Entering Canaan” Sibling retreats in the diocese of New York with attendees coming from across the country. This workshop increases awareness of the many ways in which abortion impacts living siblings and offers concrete ways in which to assist in their healing as well as resources.

Weekend retreats were begun in 2015, next retreat June 20 – July 1, 2018.

Entering Canaan Post Abortion Ministry
As co-developer of the “Entering Canaan” post abortion ministry, Theresa is available to train on its implementation. Separate post abortion retreats are held for women, men, siblings, and those who have aborted a baby due to an adverse diagnosis.

To book any of these workshops or trainings please contact Theresa at 877-586-4621
or lumina@postabortionhelp.org

Reviews of Lumina’s Post Abortion Training

Sibling Workshop Heartbeat International Conference – March 2016
“Some great insights. Thank you for another perspective on the effects of abortion.” –
Danielle Gradwell

“I encourage you to have this material in writing by the next Heartbeat! I would love to be trained.” – Kim Olsen, The Lake House

“Helpful, useful, practical information to begin healing.” -Marissa Marangeo, Your Life Matters Pregnancy Center

“I would like to have the materials to start this for siblings.” – Darlene Durbin

Priest Training-Trenton Diocese -April 2016

I really appreciate the presentation, it was fruitful for me and for my ministries”.

“It’s good to continue to learn how to help people heal in Christ!”

“Excellent, very much needed !More discussions among priests on the experience with men and women who have faced abortion.”

May 10, 2016
Dear Ms. Bonopartis:
Please accept out sincere appreciation for the outstanding presentation you made to the priests on the topic of post abortion healing. Your depth of understanding and ability to present this difficult subject in such a way was of great benefit to the priests who attended.
Donna Goodwin
Coordinator, Respect Life Ministry
Diocese of Trenton

Post Abortion/Mock Gathering/Relationships – May 2016
A word of thanks for spending time with us in Fargo and providing the wonderful training for our Project Rachel Ministries… The evaluations came back with “excellent” job!  Our team heard so many great compliments about the day and your presentations.  So thank you for sharing of your expertise and experience.
God’s blessings on your day,
Rachelle Sauvageau, Director
Respect Life Office
Project Rachel Ministries
Diocese of Fargo

Sibling workshop- March 2016
This was a very informative session. well organized and presented. Opened up a whole new perspective in working with post abortive women with living children. Theresa was so good…definitely want to learn more. (Hopeline Conference)

It opened up my eyes to the depth of the effect of abortion on siblings. I’ve read that children “know” but never really understood before. (Hopeline Conference)

Through this workshop I realized the impact the loss has had in siblings and that I need to be more sensitive and discerning when ministering to someone who is a sibling. -Paula

I just wanted to send a thank you note to you for your wonderful presentation to the GW Forum on Friday night.  Your story & testimony are encouraging news indeed & the feedback I’ve received was uplifting & hopeful.  Continue to do great things.
– Mark S. Princisvalle

Theresa Bonopartis, whose speaking engagements are rightly in demand, is Director of Lumina, Good Counsel Home’s post-abortion healing and referral service for women and men. Theresa’s moving account of her personal anguish after aborting a son (named Joshua) when she was just a teenager, and her and her family’s lifelong journey to healing and recovery was a unique and moving experience for audience members at day’s end.
– Hudson Valley Coalition for Life

Theresa has told her story on radio and television, and before an almost countless number of audiences. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference highlighted her testimony in a nationally distributed mailing on pro-life. Little would she know that the secret tragedy of her abortion would one day be known by so many. Yet, it would not be the shame and guilt of the abortion which would send her out on her mission, but rather her dramatic healing. In short, she tells us, “I was healed by the Divine Mercy of God.”
-Fr. Glenn Sudano, CFR

Diocese holds study day on post-abortion healing, by Michael Wojcik
MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. (CNS) — “No sin is beyond God’s mercy,” Father Mariusz Koch of Newark, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, told 100 church leaders gathered in Mountain Lakes for a study day on post-abortion healing. “All of us can be the first touch of God’s mercy. We must be present to (women who have had abortions) with God’s compassion and understanding,” he said. Father Koch and Theresa Bonopartis, who are involved in post-abortion healing ministry, were among presenters at the study day, held at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes and sponsored by the Paterson diocesan Office of Respect Life.