Thanks to ST John Cantius!

Reproductive Health Facility Anthony J. Caruso, MD

While concern about women’s “reproductive health” is usually coded language for easy access to abortion

and contraception, in reality it should just be medical care to facilitate reproduction and health. The Catholic

Church promotes this through support of Natural Family Planning and fertility treatments which do not

include immoral methods.

NFP requires no drugs, expensive treatments, or devices other than a thermometer; promotes partner bonding

through charting, communication, and periods of abstinence; does not affect future fertility; and can actually

be used to truly “plan parenthood”! Acceptable fertility treatments do not include artificial insemination,

IVF, sperm and egg donations, and surrogate mothers.

Downers Grove is blessed to have a new medical practice that promotes the Catholic vision of reproductive

health for women. Anthony J Caruso, MD and Robert C Lawler, MD have opened Downers Grove OB/GYN.

The office offers women a warm, supportive environment. The idea is to preserve women’s fertility when

they are young, follow them through the creation of their families, and offer a gentle means to ease into the

changes of life. They will not offer artificial contraception, support all means of NFP, no sterilization, no IVF

or Artificial insemination. The center is open to all people of all faiths, and seeks to develop an ongoing professional

relationship that stretches across the reproductive life span. Give them a call and make an appointment

Downers Grove OBGYN

1121 Warren Ave Suite 200

Downers Grove, IL 60515


The website…will be up this weekend, God Willing!

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The Fornight for freedom

Last Saturday, on the Solemnity of St Thomas More and St John Fisher, the second fortnight for freedom began. It is a time for prayer, education and action. Of course, the prayer is for our country, which is seemingly racing towards a culture that most faithful people cannot possibly recognize.

It was only a few weeks ago, that Washington turned around and made Plan B available to essentially anyone who wishes.

And today. Same Sex Marriage took a huge step forward with the supreme court ruling that Proposition 8 had no standing and essentially killing DOMA

Soon, we should have a ruling about what companies can opt out of the Contraceptive Mandate. Given recent events, can we expect anything different?

No matter what denomination you are, the fact that you believe in a good and gracious God should bring you to a sincere desire to commune with Him.

This country was brought about with a clear understanding that all things come from God, and that there is a natural law that should not be broken. We need to pray that the country comes back to this understanding.


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Te Deum Laudamus!

Today, I am overjoyed to announce that Downers Grove OB/GYN PC will officially open on July 1, 2013. This has come after many days of hope and disappointment, and is a true measure of God’s time and  Will.

This day could not have come without the will and direction of Jesus Christ, the support of the Holy Spirit and the intercessions of the dear Virgin Mary our Queen. St Joseph and St Michael have been instrumental, and my Guardian Angel has worked overtime.

I have been praying for the development of a center that would be responsive to the increasing number of women seeking natural means to preserve their fertility. I have been inspired by the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Church and have been speaking out about the issues of the Commodification of Life for more than a year.

Then came the possibility of a group that would breathe financial life into the St Anne’s Center. We danced for about a year or so, but in the end we had irreconcilable differences that could have been the results of the Evil One, or the work of the Lord. The fact that once we broke away, we were able to line up the funds to start fairly quickly might give you an indication……

However, we were only able to completely develop the center over the last couple of days, and the last agreement was signed this morning.

SO…here it is…a center that will offer women a warm, supportive environment, offering the complete range of women’s health care from adolescence through menopause. The idea is to preserve women’s fertility when they are young, follow them through the creation of their families, and offer a gentle means to ease into the changes of life. We will not offer artificial contraception, support all means of NFP (actually offer an oasis for teachers as well as seminars and networking), no sterilization, no IVF or Artificial insemination. The center is open to all people of all faiths, and seeks to develop an ongoing professional relationship that stretches across the reproductive life span. I will be joined in this apostolate by Dr Robert Lawler, a friend and brother in the Faith who will bring his own brand of excellent care to the clinic

Appointments can be made through 630-312-8008. We have a great woman, Jillian, who will start calling people on the list developed through this number starting Monday to offer appointment times. A facebook page and a web site are under development, and will be available soon. In the next week or two our phones will be installed (as well as the internet) and we will be moving into our office at 1121 Warren Street, suite 200 Downers Grove, IL

Once the phones are installed, we will be getting a new office number. There had been some stories that the number would not change. However, just like moving from a home, the 312-8008 number will work for a time.

I cannot begin to thank the many people who have prayed and hoped for this development all over the world. May God bless you all abundantly!.. I will continue to write here for a time, and when the new web site is developed (which might have the URL…wouldn’t that be a hoot) I will start to make announcements there.

Thanks and may God be blessed!

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It was my hope to make a joyous announcement this morning. But, as I realized last night that the information was not breaking the way I thought, I turned my thoughts to the men who were turning their lives totally over to God, and remembered that the best things in life come when one turns themselves over to Christ and His will.

About little more than a month ago, everything was going swimmingly. Our possible office was slowly taking shape, and we thought the “money” was beginning to line up. My business partner (or colleague) and I were kicking the tires on our formal contract, and we were eagerly anticipating the Service contract from our benefactors.

Then the bottom fell out. The Contract that arrived was totally unexpected. It spoke of a model of business which on the one side would potentially be restrictive, and on the other side, may not be consistent with Illinois precedent. We had a conference call where we made out counter proposal…and then, silence.

I cannot go into more detail than that, mostly because they are not my experiences to tell.

However….we are at this juncture. God has definitely made His time known, and, as we move closer, as one would expect, it gets a little more difficult.

But, there is light at the end of the tunnel. There should be a settlement soon, and that will let us move forward…. we have leads on the true funds that we need, and we need prayers that their hearts will be fully emblazoned by the Holy Spirit.

We should be able to take appointments in about 2 weeks. If you have called the number (630-312-8008) then you should get a call. If you have left an email on the web site, you might not hear….as it is not under “our” control


There will be updates as the information comes in!

God Bless Fr Robin Kwan, and Rev Frs, Robin and Joshua Caswell and Kevin Mann. You are an inspiration to us all


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For Greater Glory

Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions, martyrs.

It is a wonderful feast for today. These men are all part of the Cristero Movement in Mexico in the early 20th century. The struggle of these and others was portrayed with dignity in the recent film For Greater Glory.

In my world, it reminds me of what happened after I took my kids to see the movie. My youngest son asked ” would you give your life if something like that happened?” and before I could answer, he stated that he thought he would.

What great fire in such a small package, and great faith so simply stated by a small child.


Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us

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New Offie Update

There will be a major announcement about the new center on Tuesday May 28, 2013. Look here for the important information

God Bless you!

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Eternal Rest……

In my daily view of the newspaper, I saw that “IVF Pioneer” Robert Edwards had died peacefully in his sleep last night

Robert Edwards RIP

In previous postings, I documented my meeting with this gentleman. At the time, I was very excited, and was not disappointed, but was amazed to find him to be a gentle, grandfatherly type, more comfortable as a country farmer than a fast paced biologist.

However, he is also the prime mover behind an industry which has moved beyond anyone’s imagination. Of course, he stated in 2003 that he saw at least some of what has been spawned, but he was a huge apologist for the modernistic, relativistic world in which we live.

The first american IVF baby works for the Globe.

First IVF Child reflects

She sounds the mantra that I am sure we will hear all over the world in the next few days…” I would not be here but for Dr Edwards.”  And they would be right. And not to sound creepy…but all of the frozen embryos and discarded embyros, and abnormal embryos That have been created  can also claim kindred spirits.

There will be time to reflect on all of these things. But for today, I pray that Eternal Rest be upon him, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May God have mercy on him.

St Gianna, Pray for us

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Downers Grove OB/GYN:

I had given up posting as part of my Lenten Mortification Plan, but had to respond to the give and take here. (this Sunday is Latere Sunday…so I guess it is ok once) Jay Boyd has produced an interesting book, a blog in print,that covers the world of NFP very well.

I frequently get into discussions with NFP teachers and couples, and some of those stories are on the blog at other place.

Here are the points in fact:

NFP is a great way for people to learn about their reproductive system. It is a way for married couples to see the wonder of God’s creation. And it is a way for husbands to begin to understand the intricacies in their soulmate and partner.

The Catholic Church does not proclaim that one must have 10 kids. But, when you were married, there are a couple of places where kids come into it

1. In the beginning interrogatory, the couple is asked:

“Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the
law of Christ and his Church?”

2. In the Nuptual Blessing:

“Bless them with children and help them to be good parents. May they live to see
their children’s children.”

There are some factors to consider. First, though it seems that it is easy to become pregnant, in fact the best chance a couple has in any month is 1 in 5. That is without making any changes.

Periodic continence is good for many reasons, not the least of which is allowing the marriage to grow in other ways. But……each act of the loving embrace needs to be open to the possibility of life. Now some may say what about when menopause hits or there is some problem….or try to argue that hysterectomy is illicit….but the Church does understand that the reproductive lifespan is not eternal, but that the unitive part of the marital act is still valid.

But I am off point. Truth be told, most NFP writings do not tell stories of using NFP to improve the chances of pregnancy….it touts that NFP is 98-99% effective in preventing pregnancy……just as good as all the artificial means….in fact, better than the pill.

Pope Paul VI said it best


“These acts, by which husband and wife are united in chaste intimacy, and by
means of which human life is transmitted, are, as the Council recalled, “noble
and worthy,”11 and they do not cease to be lawful if, for causes
independent of the will of husband and wife, they are foreseen to be infecund,
since they always remain ordained towards expressing and consolidating their
union. In fact, as experience bears witness, not every conjugal act is followed
by a new life. God has wisely disposed natural laws and rhythms of fecundity
which, of themselves, cause a separation in the succession of births.
Nonetheless the Church, calling men back to the observance of the norms of the
natural law, as interpreted by their constant doctrine, teaches that each and
every marriage act (quilibet matrimonii usus) must remain open to the
transmission of life”(HV 11)

Saint Gianna, pray for us

Originally posted on A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics:

Or Jay Boyd is, or both of us, or something something something.  Last week I did a post on Dr. Jay Boyd’s new book.  By some means, that post got linked to a Yahoo group for “NFP professionals.”  Within a very short time, Jay got word of that post, and the comments it attracted from the NFP professionals.  Jay has made her own response here, where she cuts and pastes some of the comments.

Basically, there were two people in the group who determined, from the post (which I admit, wasn’t my best effort, it was not well written, but you get what you pay for, and in spite of my repeated attempts to extort money from you people (not), this blog is free to read) that I am a manifest heretic, a Janssenist who hates sex* (which, to put it bluntly, this statement is so far off-base as to…

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My prayer for the center

I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures -
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.

–Charles de Foucauld

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A support group that is really needed!

This group is being started by a tireless, faithful woman and is well worth the time. If you are in the area, consider spending some time meeting and greeting new friends!
Following Hannah –Infertility Support Group for Catholic Women
The Following Hannah Support Group is for Catholic women experiencing difficulty beginning their families due to infertility. It offers a loving, safe place to share and pray together with other Catholic women who are committed to following the Catholic Church’s teachings on reproductive technology. Discussion topics include: Experiencing denial; Coping with sadness; Accepting the cross; Seeking joy; Finding meaning in suffering; Discerning treatment; Considering adoption.
Starting March 2, 2013. 9:00—10:30 am in the St. Paul Center at Ss. Peter and Paul in Naperville (corner of Benton & Brainard Streets). Meets monthly on the 1st Saturday. For more info or to RSVP, contact Mary Beth  at

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