The Gabriel Project is a parish based crisis pregnancy intervention within the Roman Catholic Church. It has also spread into many Protestant parishes and church communities.
A Sign of Life is placed in front of the church stating that the people of that parish community will provide help to pregnant women. All the new mother has to do is call the number on the sign and the process begins.
The Gabriel parish community has made a commitment to respond to the mother’s needs. The process is very flexible within each parish enabling unique local situations to be addressed. The mother’s needs are met with love, respect and confidentiality.
A trained mentor, called a Gabriel Angel, is responsible for on-going contact and as a liaison for assistance for the mother in crisis. Through the Angel, the Gabriel parish community accepts the expectant mother with unconditional love. Parish members fill the role of the Good Samaritan. They make sure the Mom receives love and care. Parishioners provide spiritual, emotional and material support as needed throughout the pregnancy and beyond.
Jesus taught, ”…Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Mat 25:40). It is in this light that Gabriel parishioners love and assist women experiencing a crisis pregnancy. This love is a witness of the infinite and healing love of GOD. The Holy Spirit works through the parishioners to evangelize and to educate the expectant Mom and/or her family.
The Gabriel Project is grounded in prayer. We realize that the most important gifts we have to offer the Mom are the gifts offered to all by Christ Our Lord. To quote Fr. Stephen Imbarrato who founded Project Defending Life in Albuquerque and introduced the Gabriel Project in New Mexico, “The Gabriel Project is about saving souls…one soul at a time.”