is the Spiritual
The Purpose of the Spiritual Adoption
Program is threefold:
- Encourage parishes, schools and other
communities to pray for babies in danger of abortion.
- Educate adults and children about the
development of the pre-born child.
- Provide mothers in need with assistance
at a 'baby shower' of donated baby gifts, or simply celebrate with a
'birthday party' at the conclusion of the program. In some schools a
crib was bought with monetary gifts and the children filled a crib with
gifts for expectant Mothers.
This is done by encouraging people to
"spiritually adopt" an unborn baby, and to follow their baby along the
path to being born.
How does it work?
It's very simple. Participants pledge to
pray for nine months for a baby in danger of abortion. During each
month of the program, the "spiritual parents" are given information
about their baby's development in the womb.
While this child will remain unknown to his
or her 'spiritual parent', God knows who the child is. Many people have
found that naming 'their child' helps to keep them focused on the
reality that their prayers are helping to save a particular baby from
the harm of abortion.
As the program goes along, you can send
"Thank-you" notes to the participants from the baby each month. This is
especially nice for school and religious education programs, and helps
the participants form a genuine sense of connection with their adopted
At the end of the program a 'baby shower' or
'birthday party' can be held and gifts of baby items donated given to a
local pregnancy center.
Who can participate?
The Spiritual Adoption program can be used
by schools, religious education programs, or the entire parish.
Basically, the program is for anyone who is concerned about abortion,
and who is willing to pray for babies in danger of abortion, "that they
might have life and have it to the full." (John 10:10)
from the Spiritual Adoption Program?
Everyone! While it is not always possible to
see the particular effects of prayer, we know through Scripture that
God wants us to pray, and we know by faith that He answers all prayers.
The educational aspect of the program is beneficial to people of all
ages, including children. Churches and schools are encouraged to
display the very gentle and appealing full color posters that both
depict and describe in words the baby's development each month. There
is no mention of abortion on the posters. Some schools obtain enough
sets of posters for each classroom and/or entrance or exit to the
You can view and order the beautiful
fetal development posters on the
Archdiocese of Baltimore Respect Life Office website
or call 410 547-5537 or 800 858-3040.
more information about the Spiritual Adoption Program and how you can
bring it to your parish, your
school, your prayer group, or if you would like cards to distribute to
your family, friends, etc. please contact: