Who Are We
Reclaiming Our Children (ROC), is a non for profit made up of women, men and siblings who have experienced abortion and are now assisting others in their healing journey.
Our Advisory Board is made up of clergy, and lay people who assist in the work, as well as those who have experienced abortion.
Maureen Ciardiello is the Coordinator for Project Rachel in the Diocese of Bridgeport, which is a post abortion ministry supported by the Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). She has been involved in facilitating Entering Canaan Retreats for the past four years.
Maureen is currently working towards her BA in Psychology at Albertus Magnus College, with a concentration in Counseling and Mental Health.
Michael Corsini is a husband and father of five. It’s this vocation that gives life to everything he does. He is an artist, musician, speaker and retreat leader. The art and music that he creates is an extension of his family life. In fact, most of the art and music is made during time spent with his children! He believes that his mission is to help people experience the powerful love of God through an authentic encounter with beauty.
He is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design and has a Master of Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute in D.C. He also spent five years as a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
Michael is a gifted worship leader and has led music for thousands of holy hours, masses and retreats for nearly two decades. He has worked for many years with Entering Canaan’s post-abortion healing ministry, as well as other healing retreats for those suffering with infertility and miscarriage. Michael is currently finishing his second worship record and a large altarpiece depicting the vision of Our Lady of Mt Carmel at Fatima.
Check out his art and music at www.michaelcorsini.com
Fr. Mariusz Koch, CFR
Associate Spiritual Director and Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology
School of Theology
Father Mariusz Koch was ordained in 1969 as a priest for the Archdiocese of Newark. He has served the Archdiocese as associate pastor, pastor, Vocations Director, Campus Minister at Seton Hall University and Rector of St. Andrew's College Seminary.
Father Koch prepared for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington. In 1975, he received an M.Div. from Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, and in 1985, an M.A. in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (The Angelicum) in Rome. In 1979, Fr.Koch completed a two-year training program in "Spiritual Direction and Religious Counseling" from the Archdiocese of New York Office for Spiritual Development.
In 1996, Father Koch joined the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. As a C.F.R. friar, he has been involved in hands-on work with the poor; post-abortion ministry for men and women; parish missions; retreats for priests, seminarians and religious; spiritual direction; as well as a number of television series on youth evangelization for EWTN.
In 2008, Father Koch received the Papal honor Benemerenti from Pope Benedict. He continues to serve on the Archdiocesan Men's Commission, which organizes the annual Men's Conference at Seton Hall University.
Father Koch served his community as Community Servant (General Superior) for two terms. Before beginning in his role at Immaculate Conception Seminary, his most recent assignment was in Paterson, NJ, as Superior of St. Michael Friary.
With nearly 50 years of priestly service in various pastoral assignments, in July 2017, Father Koch began his service as Associate Spiritual Director and Formation Faculty member at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, for seminarians preparing to serve God's people with the heart of Christ.
Theresa is the co-developer with The Sisters of Life of “Entering Canaan – a Sacramental Journey to an Inheritance of Mercy”, a post abortion ministry published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which consists of day retreats, weekends, monthly gatherings and special retreats. In addition to the women’s ministry, she also developed, with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, specialized days for men, siblings of aborted babies, and those who aborted as a result of an adverse diagnosis.
Having experienced abortion herself, her journey of healing has inspired many works across the country and the world, including “An Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession“, a prayer service she developed with the Family Life Office of New York, which has been televised by EWTN and conducted by many diocese across the country.
Theresa’s articles on healing can be found in many publications including, Mind & Spirit, Aleteia, Catholic Online, Catholic Exchange, The Federalist, and National Catholic Register. Theresa also authored a book of meditations, “A Journey to Healing Through Divine Mercy”, to assist those suffering from abortion on their healing journey published by Marian Press This book of meditations assists those through reflections on real issues faced in the healing journey.
In June 2002, Theresa was the recipient of the 2nd Annual John Cardinal O’Connor Award for her work with those who are post abortive. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Be Not Afraid, a ministry for those who have received an adverse pregnancy diagnosis.
Her great devotion to Divine Mercy, which was instrumental in her own healing journey, and Our Lady of Czestochowa, patroness of all her work, is the inspiration for all she does.
Theresa currently blogs at www.reclaimingourchildren.typepad.com.
Jesus we trust in You!
Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us!