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1. Description of the Project

Spiritual Adoption is a Pro-Life Project that consists on praying for babies who are in danger of being aborted.  In order to implement this project, little cards are distributed containing a prayer that is to be said from the baby’s conception until birth. The day that these prayers are started, a baby conceived on that date and who is at risk of being aborted is spiritually adopted. Once the nine months are completed, a new spiritual adoption may begin.

Beginning on September 2011, the OFS has promoted this Project during Masses celebrated in various churches of the city, in order to motivate more people to take part in this initiative.

2. Historical  Background

This is a practice that was started by the Support Center for Women of Juarez, a Pro-Life organization. After some time, it was extended to different active groups in the Catholic Church, being well received by the OFS.

3. Project’s Coordination

The Project is coordinated by the Support Center for Women of Juarez.

4. Impact in the society

God only knows where in the world a child was saved thanks to these spiritual adoptions.

5. What we have learned

Human life is invaluable and should be defended.

6. Documentation available

The prayer cards that are distributed show the prayer written by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and are published by the American Life League (who owns the copyright). It reads:

Prayer for spiritual adoption

Jesus, Mary and Joseph:
I love you very much.
I beg you to save the life of the child
who is to be born,
which I have adopted spiritually,
and which is in danger of becoming a
victim of abortion.

Distributed by: American Life League
P.O. Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22555
(540) 659-4171 – © 2004 American Life League

7. Contact Person: Susana Díaz de Luján

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Tel.: (656)625-56-60 and (656)625-99-76






Edited by Attilio Galimberti OFS and Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano TOR

February 2013