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Christopher Bell, Author at Good Counsel

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We’re Doing what Father Benedict Told Us to Do, thanks to you!

Posted by | Oct 3, 2017 | No Comments

It is hard to believe that it is now three years since my dear friend and Good Counsel co-founder, Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, passed away. He died on October 3, 2014 on the eve of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Before his passing, when I asked for his advice, Fr. Benedict told me to “just grow.”  Just three years later, we now have seven homes with the addition of Good Counsel Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast and Good Counsel Malta House of CT. On average 115 mothers and babies are cared for each day at Good Counsel. Read More

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Urgent: Please help us prepare for moms & babies devastated by Hurricane Harvey

Posted by | Sep 5, 2017 | No Comments

I have an urgent message regarding Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Good Counsel Mary’s Shelter–our home in the Gulf Coast region.  As millions are affected by Hurricane Harvey, House Manager of Good Counsel’s Gulf Coast home, Linda Glover, says, “We are preparing for an influx of new residents from Texas and Louisiana. We are already over capacity, but I will not turn any pregnant mom away. I have gathered the roll-aways to place in the chapel, and we have pull-out sofa beds in the living room.” Read More

A Lot Can Happen in a Year Thanks to You!

Posted by | Aug 4, 2017 | No Comments

In May, 2016, Mary’s Shelter became a Good Counsel home, and a wonderful renewal has taken place. The new moniker, “Good Counsel Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast,” while quite a mouthful, best describes who we are and what we believe.

Over the past year, no pregnant woman in need, regardless of her personal circumstances, has been turned away. While this presents challenges, as our residents may suffer from abuse, mental illness, and drug addiction, it allows us to witness to those most in need. GCMSGC provides a loving home for all. Read More

Please Help Me Say YES to Every Homeless, Pregnant Mother

Posted by | Jul 18, 2017 | No Comments

Not many of us like to hear the word No.

Now imagine that you are pregnant, homeless, and suffering from a mental illness or addiction.

The word “no” can be deadly for you and your baby!

Some residential programs require a 30 day waiting period before entering.  If Good Counsel waited 30 days before opening our door, there is no telling what would happen to the mother and child. I don’t want their deaths on my conscience and I’m sure you want to do all that you can to help also. Read More

Ball for Life Highlight Video – Thank You!

Posted by | May 23, 2017 | No Comments

May 12th in New York City was extra special! Not only was it Mother’s Day weekend, but Good Counsel held its annual Ball for Life where we honored WPIX-TV 11 News Reporter Monica Morales, who has done a number of exceptional stories about our work and mothers over the years.

Please enjoy this short video from the evening:

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Good Counsel for Mother’s Day

Posted by | May 13, 2017 | No Comments

Let’s not forget any mother today, in our thoughts and prayers, even the one who is very much motherly, but has never even conceived a child. In her heart, her love and caring is all as real as Our Mother Mary, who bore just one Son, but is now the New Mother of All The Living.

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The Lord is Risen!

Posted by | Apr 16, 2017 | No Comments

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Who ever saw a dead man come back to life?

Those who were with Jesus when he raised Lazarus did. Those who saw Jesus stop the funeral cortege of the widowed mother’s son did. Those who saw the little girl arise did.  But have you?  I have not.

Yet, I do believe.

I believe on faith, but my faith is also underscored by the sight of the troubled, depressed, rejected pregnant mom who comes into Good Counsel one day, gives birth another day, and finds a new life in Christ a third day. Read More

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Father Benedict’s Good Friday Video Message

Posted by | Apr 14, 2017 | No Comments

Dear Friend,

Several years ago Good Counsel’s Joe Quattrocchi had the opportunity to chat with Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, about a number of things including one of his favorite days of the year, Good Friday.

Father Benedict spent many years preaching at Good Friday Services but, as his health began to fade he was no longer able to do so.

Here in the last Good Friday reflection Father Benedict would make before his death in 2014, Good Counsel’s co-founder speaks about the importance of this day and how appreciative he is of all who support the work of Good Counsel.  I hope you will enjoy this video. Read More

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