Rachel’s Vineyard – Twin Cities (RVTC) was established in 1999 and became its own non-profit in 2010. RVTC offers the Catholic version of Rachel’s Vineyard retreats where women and men of all faiths are welcome to attend. These retreats bring healing, hope, and forgiveness to those who have experienced the loss of a child through abortion.
There are 12 team members that take turns serving on the retreat weekends. These members come from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and experiences. They are teachers, lawyers, corporate employees, nurses, administrative assistants, and business owners. Some are married, some single, some have children, grandchildren, and/or pets.
A RVTC weekend retreat team consists of 1-2 priests, a licensed professional counselor, a site leader, and 2-3 team members. Everyone on the team is a volunteer. The priests and counselors are very gentle and compassionate with a lot of experience in healing ministries.
Since the first retreat in November of 1999, RVTC has offered more than 50 retreats in the Twin Cities area, served over 525 women and men, and have remembered over 900 babies at their memorial services. Team members of RVTC are passionate about its mission and the retreats, knowing from personal experience that this healing process works.