Sad News…

It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the passing of Sister Rosemary Kern. She has been a long time, dedicated and conscientious volunteer at Bridge for over a decade. She will be sincerely missed by all those who volunteered with her as well as those who were fortunate enough  to know her.

May She Rest in Peace.

Sr. Rosemary Kern, seated, front row-center

A Client Tells Her Story

Cathy Donohoe & Lina AvilesCathy Donohoe & Msgr. Riley







On September 11, I had the pleasure of speaking to one of our clients, Lina Aviles. She came to us with a story she wanted to tell.

At age 18, she became pregnant and was forced to have an abortion because her mom was incarcerated and she had no help. She had two miscarriages after her forced abortion. Feeling discouraged and lost, she sought help through The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, which was run by Msgr. Riley (pictured above with our President, Cathy Donohoe). She was given counseling and a new direction on life. She went to City Tech College, graduated as a chef and now has six beautiful children with one on the way. Without the help of Msgr. Riley and the continued support of The Bridge to Life, she doesn’t know where she would be.

In the Aftermath of Assault, She Chose Life

 Can you imagine finding out that
you are pregnant after being raped?  I can’t.  

Find out what one courageous woman did,
and how she chose life for her daughter.  

“Forgiven and Set Free” Program Helps Post-Abortive Women

The movie Unplanned, which was released in late March 2019, tells the story of Abby Johnson, who joined Planned Parenthood while still in college, eventually becoming a very successful manager of a PP center in her home state of Texas.

Having two abortions herself, Abby had a change of heart when she was called in to help assist with an abortion and has since become a pro-life advocate. This powerful movie has sold out in movie theaters to record-level sales across the US, despite its “R” rating.

Since the release of Unplanned and, in NY State, the passage of the RHA (Reproductive Health Act) in January 2019, many women who hid their abortions from their families and friends are now stepping forward to tell of their experiences. Many are still grieving over the loss of their children, never able to forgive themselves.

For women who are still suffering, there’s a program entitled “Forgiven and Set Free,” which is run by the organization “Rachel’s Helpers”. In a recent interview on Currents TV, Pamela explained her experience as a post-abortive woman:

Click here for video link.

To learn more about Rachel’s Helpers, please contact them at 347-702-2352.

A Community Comes to Dinner

By Mary Beth Topczynski, Board Member

In our ongoing fight to support the unborns’ right to life, it is nice to have a moment of reprieve to celebrate as a community.

On April 7th, we had that opportunity to celebrate and share our lives with others in our community of support at our 27th Annual Dinner Dance. What a magnificent afternoon of good food, good conversation, and good music and dancing. Over 30 wonderful raffle baskets tantalized our guests with goodies and gift certificates from local merchants. We also had silent auction items that stirred up the conversation with signed footballs from the New York Jets, an iPad Air and other fantastic items.

But mostly, it was the time we shared together as a community in fun and relaxation to honor those who also fight the good cause. This year’s honorees were the Msgr. Dillon Knights of Columbus Council #5872 and our memorial honoree, Barbara Meara whose plaque was accepted on her behalf by her family.

Save the date for our 28th Annual Dinner Dance moving to new month October 4, 2020!

Click here to see this year’s Dinner Dance event photos!