Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Dinner to help Post Abortion Treatment and Healing ministry

Published November 3, 2016

ATLANTA—Inspirational speaker Leslie Davis Blackwell will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 10 fundraising dinner for PATH, Post Abortion Treatment and Healing ministry.

The 7 p.m. dinner will be held at Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta, in McDonough Hall.

The evening will also honor the late Father Joseph Peek, longtime PATH chaplain and member of the ministry’s Rachel’s Vineyard retreat team, who died in March.

Leslie Davis Blackwell

Leslie Davis Blackwell

Those attending will learn more about the joy PATH helps people to achieve and share. The Catholic-based ministry was started in 1996 and has been sustained by lay people and clergy in the archdiocese for 20 years. PATH founder Mary Ann McNeil recently stepped down as its director. She was succeeded by Jody Duffy, who has served the PATH ministry since 2000, including as a Bible study leader and retreat leader and in outreach to those in the military and veterans. McNeil remains on the PATH board of directors.

Blackwell is Virginia co-coordinator for the Silent No More awareness campaign, an international ministry helping women and men hurt by their abortion experience.

Blackwell shares her story of radical conversion from an angry, pro-abortion feminist to pro-life activist in venues and media platforms worldwide, including on the U.S. Supreme Court steps.

Communication director for the Hosea Initiative, Blackwell co-hosted the first Children’s Miracle Network Telethon in Richmond, Virginia, and is on the Respect Life committee at St. Bridget Church in Richmond. She is the mother of three children.

PATH offers a confidential, Scripture-based program of comfort and healing for post-abortive men and women through Rachel’s Vineyard retreats and in Bible study programs occurring year-round.

Those empowered by PATH in turn become spokespeople for life in churches, schools and other forums, as well as in their daily lives. PATH’s ministry is steadily expanding throughout the archdiocese.

Tickets for the Nov. 10 dinner are $65 per person or $500 for a table for eight. Groups are welcome.

Artist and PATH facilitator Holly Irwin has donated a painting for the auction. The group JAS will provide music for the evening. Father Daniel Ketter will make closing remarks.

Donations will be accepted. For information and tickets, or to learn about PATH’s ministry, visit or call Jody Duffy at 404-717-5557.

Checks and requests for tickets may be mailed to PATH, P.O. Box 501238, Atlanta, GA 31150 or obtained online through PayPal at the PATH website.