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The latest stories, news, and more from Good Counsel . . .

Christopher Bell, Author at Good Counsel

Please Keep Our Moms and Babies Warm and Safe

Posted by | Mar 7, 2018 | No Comments

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “March roars in like a lion…” Nothing could be more true this year as many states in the Northeast were hit by the Nor’easter this past weekend. And today Winter Storm Quinn is impacting the states where most of our Good Counsel homes are located.

Thankfully, none of our homes were damaged by this weekend’s storm. However, I still need help paying our winter heating bills, and this cold weather is a good reminder for us to share this important appeal. Read More

Thank You for Helping Us in 2017

Posted by | Jan 9, 2018 | No Comments

The mission of Good Counsel calls us to recognize…

“…that the dignity of God-given life, from the moment of conception, fosters a nurturing, safe, family environment, encouraging self-respect and independence for pregnant mothers and their children in a diverse community of all faiths and beliefs.”

Over the last year your gift has made the fulfillment of this Mission possible for hundreds of women and children in seven Good Counsel homes in four states.

Let me tell you about two of our moms. Read More

Merry Christmas from Christopher Bell & Good Counsel

Posted by | Dec 25, 2017 | No Comments

Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to People on Earth

May the dear Lord bless you and all whom you know and love.

On this most joyous of days when it seems the entire world remembers the birth of one baby born in a manger, may your heart be filled with peace and joy.

Just think of how this simple day unfolded to change every day.

Mary heard the Angel and believed.  Joseph saw in a dream and believed.  Magi saw a star and believed.

The Prince of Peace born in a place for animals.

O Lord we pray for Peace and Safety for each Mother, for each Child, for each Father,
O Lord we pray for Your Peace, a Peace the World cannot give nor understands.
We pray for Your Peace to reign in our hearts and in our families, in our nation and in our world.

We pray for Your Peace which came this Christmas morn.
A Peace of Humility, Service, Healing and Help.
My Peace I leave you, My Peace I Give you.

Let us take Your Peace.
Let us give Your Peace.

May Peace reign in your home.
May Peace guard your going and coming.
May Peace fill your heart.

O Lord, let us live in Your Peace and unity in accordance with Your Will
Who live and reign with God Our Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.


Christopher Bell +
President of Good Counsel


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Urgent Need: $754k year-end shortfall – Please Help Us!

Posted by | Dec 18, 2017 | No Comments

URGENT NEED: Good Counsel needs $753,800 by December 31st or we’ll be forced to cut back on our services. Please Help!

Dear Friend,

68 babies (and counting!) were born into the Good Counsel family so far this year, and two more are due any day now. There have been 1,100 births since 1985. All 1,100 babies might not have made it if it weren’t for your seemingly endless and generous support of our mission to assist homeless, pregnant mothers who have nowhere else to go. And because of you, Good Counsel now has 7 homes established in 4 states, most recently in Alabama and Connecticut. Read More

Happy Thanksgiving to Our Friends & Family

Posted by | Nov 23, 2017 | No Comments

“… and most importantly, the Eucharist is the great Thanksgiving, and on this Thanksgiving, as on every day, I join in the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper; I thank God for you. You are a member of the Good Counsel family for babies, before and after birth, their moms, and all of us sharing in God’s love and mercy and compassion.”

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Let Us Pray this All Souls Day

Posted by | Nov 1, 2017 | No Comments

During the month of All Souls, from November 1 through November 30, a special Mass and daily prayers will be offered at Good Counsel for the repose of the souls of departed loved ones, and for consolation for their families and friends. Remembering your loved ones in a special Mass and daily prayers is a witness to the trust we have in our loving Father and His promise to be reunited in eternity. Read More

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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

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