After decades of fighting with the diocese (not me personally, but my organization!) because of (from what I understand) a falling-out between my organization and the former head of pro-life activities, I now have a wonderful working relationship with the new priest who holds that position since the retirement of the former employee. It has been such a blessing to have this priest in this position and be so open and supportive of our work.
Well, because of this great relationship, I have also been able to discuss with him some other ideas I have that don't necessarily pertain to DRTL. Specifically I have approached him about the possibility of creating an infertility support group within the diocese as well as NaPro education and catechesis! And he's 100% open to the idea! In fact, at our last meeting it was an agenda item!! Father's counterpart (they broke the position up into 2 different responsibilities when the last employee left) is already working with the Couple to Couple League on making NFP mandatory for pre-cana classes! This is such great news in a diocese as liberal as ours (the Vice President receives Communion in this diocese, if that tells you anything).
I need to begin working on a proposal for these issues. Has anyone out there started something like this in their diocese?? Keep in mind, I'm not even remotely a Creighton practitioner or NaPro physician!! My idea is to have a two-pronged approach: support and education. My first order of business would be the IF support group, with references to nearby Creighton/NaPro resources. Unfortunately we don't have any in our state....we'd have to refer to Pennsylvania. But the most important thing is having a forum for Catholic women suffering from IF to have a place to go and talk to others...something I didn't have through 4 years of suffering. Then, I would hope to get some pro-life physicians on board after that takes off and hopefully demand increased.
Anyway, these are all just kind of pipe dreams right now. It's great that the diocese is on board, but needless to say I have a LOT of discernment to do. I'm swamped right now with my Right to Life responsibilities as well as getting ready for baby and running a kindergartner all over the map. I'll be getting more involved with Jack's school, and he wants to join 4-H and Cub Scouts. So I really need to figure out where I'm supposed to be and how I'm supposed to be using my talents. But I do feel as though I'm being called more into diocesan catechesis (pro-life and its tangential issues) as opposed to non-denominational pro-life work. We'll see. Much discernment ahead. If you could say a quick little prayer that I can figure all this out, it would be utterly appreciated! :) God bless!