“I would love to meet Carolyn’s mother and be able to thank her personally for all the good that she is responsible for; for over 1000 + babies who have been born through Carolyn’s Place as well as so many other lives changed for the better.” These are the words of Fr. Robert Rousseau, the priest that God used as a conduit twenty-one years ago for the formation of a ministry that would save lives and help moms, dads, and their babies.
On November 4, 1991, Fr. Rousseau, then pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Watertown, discovered a three hour old baby girl, left in a box in the entryway of the church. Born on the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, Father named her Carolyn and Marie for the Blessed Mother. Carolyn Marie was adopted confidentially but her legacy lives on in the lives of many people. Fr. Rousseau and a core group of parishioners, formed a committee that worked and prayed, so that in the fall of 1992 they opened the doors to Carolyn’s Place, a pregnancy care center, established so that “no woman should face pregnancy alone.” This November 4, we celebrate Carolyn Marie’s 21st birthday and Carolyn’s Place’s 20th Anniversary.