Feminae Vero educates women on the truths of their reproductive health and how she connects with faith.
Mary Kate Knorr didn’t expect advocacy for the unborn child to lead her to raise awareness of women’s fertility. But the longer she worked for the pro-life cause, the more sense it made.
“I saw that the pro-life movement was not doing enough to solve the huge problem we have in our country, and in the world, with artificial hormonal birth control,” Knorr said in an interview with Aleteia . “This, for me, was a major gap – and I personally felt called upon to fill it.”
This call led her to found Feminae Vero, a non-profit organization dedicated to fertility awareness education and other ways to support women’s holistic health, with a particular emphasis on the link between faith and health. Knorr said, “Feminae Vero exists to serve, educate and evangelize girls and women on the truths of their reproductive health and how it connects to our Catholic faith.”
Feminae Vero is a new company for Knorr. She is politically and pro-life trained, and for years was the executive director of Illinois Right to Life. She launched Feminae Vero in January 2021.
Women can find a variety of services at Feminae Vero, including:
- Fertility awareness
- Doula services
- Healing retreats
- Advocacy with elected officials and health professionals
So far, the backbone of their work is fertility awareness, and it seems this is the area where the organization can have the most impact.
Two projects currently underway are particularly exciting. One of these projects is to create a program for middle and high school girls to learn more about their reproductive health and its relevance to Catholic education. This program has the potential to be wonderfully empowering and useful for girls during a key stage in their development.
“As Catholics, we know that faith and honest science go hand in hand â, Knorr said. âIt is a facet of our philosophy to lead with science to teach girls and women about their bodies, and then to follow the truths of faith in order to ultimately achieve evangelism. ”
It might seem strange to think that fertility education would lead to evangelism, but Knorr saw a real connection between the two. During her time in the pro-life movement, she made a crucial observation: “Most of my previously pro-choice colleagues have had a spiritual conversion alongside their ideological conversion” she said.
When they became pro-life, they also became Christians and, in many cases, Catholics. âAbortion is not exclusively a matter of logic,â Knorr said. âIt’s also a heart problem.
The second project is a study program for seminarians and clergy. “It is a future objective to develop a program for seminarians and the clergy which will equip them to better support girls and women from a ministerial point of view” Knorr said. This project appears to be a crucial force for good: Sometimes there is a disconnect between what the Church teaches about women’s health and what the local clergy understands about this teaching, so this project will help bridge that point. pit.
There are a lot of toxic things, both physically and spiritually, in the lives of modern women. Knorr hopes Feminae Vero will be a refreshing holistic and positive resource.
“One of my main goals in launching Feminae Vero was to extend a healing hand to women” she said.
There are so many voices in society today who have deeply hurt women by lying to them about how they were made and God’s plan for their bodies. Through our healing retreats, as well as the service and education we aim to provide to women, our goal is to take women by the hand and bring them into a healing process.
Ultimately, this healing comes from Christ. âIt is the Lord who heals,â she explains.
This is why we place such great importance on evangelism as the ultimate goal. We believe that the truth, if shared with prayer and compassion, will bring women to Jesus Christ and once they meet the Lord their healing will be inevitable.
Knorr wants women to know that God created them with deep purpose and intention. âThe objectification and abuse of women by our culture is the result of the fall of humanity,â she explains, âbut the theology of the body of John Paul II tells us that we are destined for more. . “
Her goal for Feminae Vero is to help women discover this purpose and intention. She said, âWomen can find such immense healing in the arms of Jesus Christ.