Second Chance Ministry is a Catholic outreach founded by Rev. Vincent Heffernan SFM, and a lay couple, Walter and Angelina Steenstra, in 1990.

We offer support to those struggling with emotional and psychological effects of abortion, sometimes known as post abortion trauma or post abortion syndrome.

Healing happens in the context of a journey, when one faces the past, the grief, the guilt and the anger. By addressing these and other areas, and the root cause of abortion, one can move into the acceptance of the loss; then into forgiveness and reconciliation with the child and self; with others and God, and thus into freedom. Thus through one-to-one prayer counselling, and through the sacraments of reconciliation and Eucharist one can be restored in their relationships.

There is hope. There is mercy and forgiveness. There is peace and freedom.

If you or someone you know has had an abortion, or has helped someone to have an abortion, know that help is available through:

  • a trained lay person
  • a priest
  • a referral to a therapist if necessary
  • Here you will meet other women and men like yourself who are getting free of post abortion trauma

You can also phone 647-350-3755 Ext 369 for help.



  • Sterility
  • Miscarriages
  • Menstrual disturbances
  • Intense pain
  • Crying/sighing
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nervousness
  • Decreased work capacity
  • Fever/cold sweats
  • Increased risk of breast cancer


  • Guilt
  • Suicidal impulses
  • Regret and remorse
  • Withdrawal
  • Loss of confidence in decision making
  • Lower self-esteem
  • Anger, rage, despair
  • Helplessness
  • Desire to remember death date
  • Unable to forgive self
  • Nightmares
  • Seizures/tremors

For more information:


Second Chance Ministry
61 Fairfax Crescent
Suite 369
Toronto, Ontario
M1L 1Z7


Fr. Vince Heffernan sfm 647-350-3755 Ext. 369
Angelina Steenstra 647-330-9749