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Tricia A. Christ, Author at Good Counsel

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Good Friday With Father Benedict

Posted by | Apr 18, 2019 | No Comments

Dear Friend,

Several years ago, Good Counsel had the opportunity to chat with Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, about several 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. In it, 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. Read More

Springtime Brings Babies!

Posted by | Apr 18, 2019 | No Comments

It’s been realtively quiet around the Good Counsel homes lately as far as baby announcements, but it seems that’s about to change quickly! On Tuesday, April 16th, we welcomed Baby Girl Victoria, the 6th baby born at Good Counsel in 2019, but she’s the 1,170th baby we’ve welcomed since opening our doors in 1985.  Beautiful Victoria is a petite 6 pounds 7 ounces.  She and her mom are doing very well!  If you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to our emails, so you don’t miss out on any breaking baby news to come! Read More

24 Hours from Homeless to Home

Posted by | Apr 2, 2019 | No Comments

Janay was 24-years-old, pregnant, and trying to care for her two older daughters on her own.  Because she was also homeless, she went to the Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (“PATH”) office.  To be accepted into a shelter or receive services, a person has to apply, meet a long list of criteria, prove that they have no one else who can help them including family members or friends who might have room but also pose a danger to a pregnant woman with two small children.  On its website PATH describes the process in part… Read More

Grateful for a Room of Her Own

Posted by | Apr 2, 2019 | No Comments

Abigail and her 1-month-old daughter Arianah entered the Good Counsel Riverside home in the summer of July 2017.  Abandoned by her abusive husband, Abigal was left to fend for herself and her baby girl with no money, no shelter, and no hope for the future. When she was welcomed into the home, Abigal expressed that she was especially grateful for a room of her own.  A space for herself and Arianah made her feel safe and cared for after the horrors she had faced with her husband. Read More

From Homeless to Belle of the Ball

Posted by | Mar 14, 2019 | No Comments

Since Good Counsel opened in 1985 for homeless, pregnant mothers in need, over 7,800 women have found their way to us.  Each mother has a story.  Most are sad, some heartwrenching, but every so often the divine providence that brings a mother to us is revealed in a way that reminds all of us why we do what we do and that there is always… always, hope.

At the 2019 From the Heart Ball, a mother from one of our homes held the attention of every person in a swanky NYC ballroom as she stood at the podium and told her story.  Before she found Good Counsel, Katrina told the audience she was “hopeless enough to think that no life for my baby would be better than a life with me.” Read More

A Baby is an Awesome Anniversary Present!

Posted by | Mar 12, 2019 | No Comments

Please join us in welcoming Baby Girl Kalana, the 1,168th baby we’ve welcomed since opening our doors in 1985.  Kalana was born on March 10, 2019 which also happens to be the Anniversary Date of Good Counsel opening!  This year marks 34 years of helping homeless, pregnant mothers!  Beautiful Kalana was 6 pounds, 10 ounces.   She and her mom are doing very well!  If you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to our emails so you don’t miss out on any breaking baby news in 2019! Read More

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Isn’t Avery Beautiful? Yes, she is!

Posted by | Feb 27, 2019 | No Comments

Please join us in welcoming Baby Girl Avery, the newest member of the Good Counsel family and the 1,167th baby we’ve welcomed since opening our doors in 1985.  Avery was born on Saturday, February 23, 2019 weighing 7 pounds, 13 ouces.  She and her mom are doing very well!  If you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to our emails so you don’t miss out on any breaking baby news in 2019! Read More

“If you really loved me,” Francoise was told, “you’d have an abortion.”

Posted by | Feb 20, 2019 | No Comments

On Monday, February 18, 2019, Cardinal Dolan held a press conference to spread a message of hope for any pregnant woman in New York.  Cardinal Dolan said, “we are here to do all in our power to assist you so that you never feel that abortion is your only option. We are here to help.”

Women like Francoise who arrived at Good Counsel just in time!

Francoise was born in Rwanda and raised in Belgium.  She came to the United States a few years ago to visit her sister.  She came back a second time to begin a new life here in New York.  She had found a job but keeping a job was difficult, and at one point she was working three jobs. Read More

Join Us this Lent on the Journey to Infinite Mercy

Posted by | Feb 18, 2019 | No Comments

Join Us as We Strive to Give Our Hearts to Jesus During this Lenten Season

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Good Counsel will once again offer a free Lenten series called, “The Journey to Infinite Mercy.” Sign up today, and each day of Lent we’ll email you a message that contains the readings of the day, an inspiring reflection, and a short prayer in preparation for Our Lord’s Easter Resurrection.

Along with these reflections, we’ll also invite you each day to send us your prayer requests. Your prayer requests can be made anonymously if you wish so that we can pray for you.

Sign up now and don’t miss a day of His abundant graces this Lent. Allow His merciful invitation to change your heart!

Meet Angela, a Shining Example of What Love Can Do

Posted by | Jan 30, 2019 | No Comments

Angela and her daughter, Maite, beautifully exemplify the mission of Good Counsel! Angela has been a resident of Good Counsel for about a year and a half.  It is a bit longer than the average stay of most of the mothers we serve, but Angela came to us under dire circumstances at just 19-years-old with her newborn baby girl, Maite.

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