Following the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 which made abortion legally permissible in all the States, the Rev. Msgr. John Perusina, late pastor of St. Michael Parish on Sage Road, Houston, took action. He placed a sign outside the rectory which said: “If you will have your baby, this parish will help you in every way.” The original sign still stands.
This was the beginning of the Gabriel Project. In 1990, Cathy McConn (St. Cecilia Parish in Houston) and her friend Rex Moses (from Corpus Christi) saw the sign and the Gabriel Project was spread throughout the Galveston-Houston and the Corpus Christi Dioceses.
Interest in establishing Gabriel Projects around the country grew and the need for a national office became apparent. The Respect Life Offices of the Dioceses of Austin and Galveston-Houston received the blessings and cooperation of the Pro-Life Secretariat of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops to organize and coordinate a Gabriel Project National Office in the spring of 2002.
Thousands of women have received help and love through the Gabriel Project during their pregnancies.