Our Vision in the words of Fr. Joseph Neilson, OCD
St. Joseph’s Helpers of Dallas, Texas Inc. dba White Rose Women’s Center was established in loving service to Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Blessed Mother. We wish to see those dear two in every mother and child in need, and to befriend and help them as best we can, just as St. Joseph cared for Mary and her divine child.
We wish to rescue unborn children in danger of abortion by supporting their mothers in every way possible, so they will not take the false road offered by modern society, a path that leads to death, despair, and grave injury to the mother’s soul.
St. Joseph’s Helpers will always be a Catholic organization doing its work of charity within the bounds of Catholic moral principles. Its members will always reverence the legitimate authority of the Church. We recall the words of Our Lord that are encouraging and full of great responsibility for us: “And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me” (Matthew 18:5) and “as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). This vision of faith is before us always as the driving and guiding force of our work.
Whether in our care for the mothers and children we meet, in our service of the poor at our door, in our love and loyalty towards the Church, or in our trust in divine providence to provide all we need, we joyfully take St. Joseph as our model and patron.
Fr. Joseph Neilson, OCD would quietly pray in front of abortion mills wherever he lived. He had already founded St. Joseph’s Helpers of Oklahoma City and St. Joseph’s Helpers of Little Rock, when he was assigned to these cities, to provide help to the mothers and babies for whom he was praying.
After being assigned to Dallas, he would spend time praying outside of the Routh Street Women’s Clinic, and in early 1985 he noticed a vacant office space for rent in the same building. With the assistance of the pro-life community in Dallas, Fr. Neilson leased the space! St. Joseph’s Helpers of Dallas, Texas was formed.
Shortly thereafter, Fr. Neilson met Bob Pearson, a developer in Hawaii who had personally helped many women struggling with crisis pregnancies and had successfully helped start pregnancy resource centers in different areas, including one in Fort Worth. Pearson convinced Fr. Neilson that although the pro-life movement was extremely successful in reaching women who needed help to have their babies, no one was actively reaching out to those who wanted an abortion, and whose baby was truly at risk. Using the Pearson Method of counseling women at risk for abortion and with the guidance of St. Joseph as our patron Saint; Fr. Neilson opened the initial White Rose Women’s Center in Dallas on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 1985.
Naming of the White Rose Women’s Center
The story of the origin of the White Rose is a story with all the elements of a great tale, passion, danger and mystery; however, it is most importantly a true story; not only a true story, but a story of standing up for truth.
The story of the original White Rose began in the summer of 1942 in Munich Germany. Sophie Scholl was 21 years old, majoring in Biology and Philosophy. She was not a Catholic, but she was devoted to the works of Saint Augustine, whose books she read in secret. Her favorite line was “Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless until it reposes in Thee.”
Sophie’s older brother Hans, a medical student, formed a group they called The White Rose Society and began distributing leaflets encouraging their fellow Germans to denounce Hitler and his holocaust. They chose the symbol of the white rose to represent purity and innocence in the face of evil. They were joined by other students and by Sophie’s Philosophy professor, Kurt Huber.
In February of 1943 Hans and Sophie were caught distributing leaflets at the University. Sophie, age 22, Hans, age 25 and Christoph Probst, 24, the author of the leaflet and father of three young children, including a four-week-old infant, were arrested and executed by guillotine, by order of the People’s Court in the same month. Other members of The White Rose later met the same fate.
After World War II, many called the executions “judicial murder”; death caused by a Court Sentence held to be legal, but unjust. Forty years later, Fr Joseph Nielson chose to name the Catholic Pregnancy Center he founded in Dallas after the valiant, truth seeking society of The White Rose.
Inge Scholl, sister of Hans and Sophie wrote a book sharing the story of her brave siblings. In the forward, Dorothy Solle wrote, “when I think about Germany and the brief time in which The White Rose bloomed, I feel choked with shame that there were not more ‘White Roses’ in the bleakest hour of my country’s history.”
In our day, we face a similar bleak hour – with the number of abortions in the United States reaching more than 60 million since 1973 and more than 1.4 billion abortions worldwide since 1980. When Fr. Neilson came to Dallas in 1985 he sought to reach out to abortion minded women and to support the pregnant woman and her unborn child so that she might choose life and recognize the sanctity of the human life she carried. He chose to name the first Catholic pregnancy center in Dallas after the valiant White Rose Society.
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OUR MISSION IS TO SAVE LIVES!
St. Joseph’s Helpers is a Catholic lay apostolate and non-profit organization that is dedicated to saving lives.
We offer comprehensive care to women at three Dallas area White Rose Women’s Centers.
214.821.6292 Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9am-4:30pm Saturday: 9am-1pm Material donations accepted at this location
4313 N. Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75205
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9am-4:30pm Saturday: 9am-1pm
Material donations accepted at this location