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July 2016 - Good Counsel

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Inspiration Found on Father Benedict’s Birthday

Posted by | Jul 29, 2016 | No Comments

Saturday, July 23 would have marked Good Counsel co-founder Father Benedict Groeschel’s 83rd birthday and more than 100 lay and religious came out to Most Blessed Sacrament Friary in Newark, New Jersey to celebrate a memorial Mass and remember the notable author, teacher, preacher, and Franciscan.

“The readings for today are very appropriate,” said Father Glen Sudano, CFR, who was the homilist at Mass and who also delivered a one hour reflection on Father Benedict at the Friary. Read More

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Happy Birthday Father Benedict!

Posted by | Jul 20, 2016 | No Comments

On October 3rd, the Vigil of the Feast of St. Francis, Father Benedict Groeschel took his leave from this earth after praying the rosary.  News of his passing quickly took over Catholic social media and news outlets.  Everyone had a story to tell about Father Benedict, whether it was a quote from their favorite book, a personal encounter with Father, or how he completely changed the direction of some lives – actually many lives.  Father Benedict Groeschel, A Conversational Biography, offers a fresh perspective on the life of this extraordinary person, friend, father, friar, and Priest. Read More

A Good Counsel Success Story

Posted by | Jul 19, 2016 | No Comments

From stripper to social worker: A Good Counsel Homes success story” by Karee Santos, published at Aleteia on June 27, 2016 tells the inspiring story of former Good Counsel resident, current volunteer, and forever champion, Ruth Lafortune, in the first of a their new ‘Supermodels’ series spotlighting individuals “who demonstrate qualities of profound faith, courage and witness.” Read More

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Meet Genesis, Mom to GC’s 1000th Baby

Posted by | Jul 14, 2016 | No Comments

Excitement abounds here at Good Counsel with the news of Mia Rose’s birth marking the 1,000 baby born since Good Counsel began its mission over 30 year years ago.  We’re sure her mom was the most excited of all.  Genesis came to Good Counsel with her son, Noah, when she was just a few weeks pregnant.  Remembering her initial feelings when she came to Good Counsel, Genesis said, “I was scared and nervous.  When I first came, it was all new for me.”

Genesis’ feelings are pretty common for the women who knock on our door – most have lost hope, have little or no support, and are very anxious about what is going to happen to them and their baby.  While awaiting Mia’s arrival, Genesis stayed busy attending Life Skills classes, working as a waitress, and preparing for a new life.  She met with her case manager weekly to make plans and set goals for her future and the future of her family.  Genesis’ older son, Noah, was busy too – working hard at Little Smarties Preschool.  He recently celebrated “Stepping Up” day, donning his cap and gown with pride and accepting his Certificate of Achievement.  Noah is looking forward to starting kindergarten in the upcoming school year and he loves being a big brother to Mia saying, “I can’t wait to show her things!” Read More

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BREAKING NEWS! Good Counsel’s 1,000th Baby!

Posted by | Jul 14, 2016 | One Comment

She’s here!  She’s here!

Mia Rose was born on Monday, June 27 at 1:55 a.m. and her mom, Genesis, said, “She is so gorgeous.  You should see her, she is so pretty.  I am in love with her.”

Your support and prayers brought Mia Rose into the light of this day.

While Mia Rose marks one thousand babies born to moms living at Good Counsel since the beginning of our mission, every single precious baby reflects the image and likeness of Our Heavenly Good God. Read More

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Have a Passion for Prolife? We’re Hiring!

Posted by | Jul 13, 2016 | No Comments

A great place to work!

Good Counsel is a family for those in need, serving God who is the father of the orphan, defender of the widow, and who gives the lonely a home (Psalm 68).

Good Counsel works diligently to help homeless pregnant women to safely have their babies and provide shelter and comprehensive support for them and their children. The women at Good Counsel gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be good mothers, capable of supporting their families in stable independence. This typically takes 12 to 15 months for each mother to complete the program and graduate. During this time Good Counsel provides meals, transportation, coordination of medical assessment and treatment for mothers and children, counseling, and especially Life Skills Training. Read More

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