Spiritual Adoption is an initiative based on an idea by Archbishop Fulton Sheen in which participants pray for a specific, but unknown, unborn child for nine months and learn about fetal development during the pregnancy. Traditionally the prayer begins on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, March 25th, and lasts until Christmas, to celebrate 9 months of Blessed Mother’s pregnancy.
The logo of Spiritual Adoption replaces the stork that everyone knows safely delivers babies, with a dove – the symbol of the Holy Spirit, which represents the love and prayers of participants that peacefully deliver both unborn children and their parents.
What are the requirements of Spiritual Adoption?
Participants in the Spiritual Adoption pledge to pray for nine months for an unborn baby. Since the child is adopted spiritually, it is not necessary to identify an actual unborn child. At the end of the nine months of prayer, together with the celebration of Christmas, all who prayed give God thanks for His great gift of Life.
The Spiritual Adoption Program has three goals:
- Encourage prayer for parents who are expecting a child, that they will respond to God’s grace
and welcome their child into life.
- Educate adults and children about the development of the unborn child.
- Provide for mothers in need and celebrate Life and its Giver at the conclusion of the program.
How can you participate in the Spiritual Adoption?
To help accomplish the goal of Spiritual Adoption, everyone who pledges their spiritual support pray the following daily prayer for a period of nine months, and offer their additional personal daily commitment, i.e. the decade of the Rosary for the intention of the unborn child and their parents. Throughout the nine months period we will be publishing in our bulletin a regular update on the development of the unborn child, to help us understand the process through which God forms every human life in a mother’s womb.
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much.
I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.”
– Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Below you will find a pledge card to be completed with your name. Please prayerfully consider joining us in this 9 months of prayer for the unborn. Your prayers CAN make a difference between whether a baby will be born… or aborted. Our prayers can also be a form of spiritual support for both of the parents. Please share the love of life given to you by the Lord of all life and join in spiritually adopting a baby.