If this is the first time you have visted us at Bethesda, we know you may have lots of questions. Hopefully, we are able to answer some of them here. If not, email or call us anytime. We understand that reaching out for help isn't easy, but taking that first step could lead you to a brand new life.
What is Bethesda, The House of Mercy?
Founded in 1990 by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Bethesda - The House of Mercy is a post abortion healing ministry of The Community of Jesus the Living Mercy. We are Private Association of the Christian Faithful located in the Cleveland Catholic Diocese and a member of the worldwide Good Shepherd family of communites and ministries. We are lay women and men who have taken private vows as a sign and instrument of our commitment to share with others the message of Christ's healing mercy. Is it private?
Bethesda’s ministry is based on a profound respect and reverence for the dignity of the human person. We offer a confidential, safe place providing support, prayer, reconciliation, and spiritual renewal for anyone wounded by abortion.
How long will it take?
Each journey is different and only God knows the length of time He desires to take us through our healing journey. Time is secondary to the real goal of experiencing God's mercy. We believe that the work of God begins and germinates in the hidden places of our hearts, awaiting His perfect timing to blossom into new life. How does it work?
Once a call is placed by the post- aborted women she is matched with a peer support companion - a women who has experienced abortion, but now lives in God’s healing love. One on one peer support meetings are set up by the individuals involved on a weekly basis. Your peer support companion commits to guiding you through your healing process. A manual is used to uncover all the wounds of the heart so that you will find peace. A psychologist and our chaplain, who are trained in post-abortion trauma, are also available to meet with you.
How much does it cost?
There is no fee for the ministry offered by Bethesda - The House of Mercy.
Who can come?
This ministry is designed mostly for women, but is available to anyone who suffers the consequences of an abortion. We believe and recognize that abortion wounds the body, mind, soul and spirit.
Is the sin of abortion unforgivable?
There is no sin greater then God’s love and mercy. He offers forgiveness to those who ask. Equally important, he teaches us how to forgive ourselves for our sin of abortion and how to forgive those who have hurt us.
What if you are not a “religious” person?
Come as you are. Bethesda offers a confidential and safe place to explore one’s life, to ask the hard questions, and to seek for truth and peace.
What else does Bethesda offer?
Besides one on one peer support, Bethesda offers an annual retreat, days and evenings of reflection, a resource library and other opportunites for fellowship and spiritual growth.
How are we supported?
All members of the team give freely of their time and talent. We receive funding from the Sisters of The Good Shepherd and private donations from those who share in the ministry's mission.
Where do we meet?
Once a meeting is arranged with a peer support companion, directions will be provided. If you are interested in speaking to a peer support companion visit our contact us page.