Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn Child

The Spiritual Adoption of an unborn child movement started in the wake of the Fatima apparitions. The prayers have become one answer to Our Heavenly Mother’s pleas to pray the rosary and to make reparation and atonement for our sins and those sins that most wound her Immaculate Heart. This movement reached Poland in 1987 with the first Centre propagating the Spiritual Adoption being started by the Pauline Fathers in Warsaw. The Spiritual Adoption movement has since spread far beyond the Polish borders.

Spiritual Adoption of an unborn child is a powerful prayer for the child in the womb threatened by abortion. Through the pledge to undertake Spiritual Adoption, a person, family, or parish community, undertakes to pray daily for an unborn child for nine months. The act of Spiritual Adoption is a personal and charitable gift of prayer, love and sacrifice. Through our prayers, God is able to bestow faith in God’s mercy to the mothers and fathers of the unborn, and granting them the gift of peace in their hearts. Through our heartfelt commitment to pray, the deep wounds caused by the sin of abortion can begin to be healed.

The solemn ceremony of an adoption led by a priest should take place in the church. If due to the various reasons, the physical participation is not possible, you may join the priest online or do it by yourself.

In addition to praying the rosary decade and the daily prayer, you may wish to undertake one of the following, or something of your own choosing:

  • Frequent Mass, sacrament of penance
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

A prolonged absence of prayer (a month or two) breaks the Spiritual Adoption. It is recommended that the undertaking is renewed and a firm commitment kept. If there has been a short break in prayer, the Spiritual Adoption should be continued and extended to cover the days missed.

Please download the pledge and prayer cards below.

Also, kindly return the complete pledge cards to the church.