Midday Moms with Enza Rattenni
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Enza Rattenni is currently the Events and Communications Coordinator in the Office of Formation for Discipleship at the Archdiocese of Toronto, serving the parish ministry leaders, coordinators and volunteers in over 200 the parishes.
Enza worked as a legal assistant (1999-2009) for two criminal law firms for 10 years. With a growing passion to serve others, she pursued a career in event planning, and involved herself as a coordinator at SMC Alive, the young adult group at St. Michael’s Cathedral.
Enza is the former Executive Director of Aid to Women (2011-2016), a crisis pregnancy next door to an abortion clinic downtown Toronto that provides abortions up to 24 weeks gestation. During her time there, Enza served women facing unplanned pregnancies through sidewalk counseling and providing practical needs such as housing, baby clothing and gear, post-abortion counseling, etc. She spearheaded fundraising and awareness campaigns to parishioners across the Archdiocese of Toronto. Over these years, Enza also worked closely with the Sisters of Life in Toronto in serving women in crisis pregnancy.
Enza received training from Msgr. Philip Reilly, founder of the The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants (New York City) and ProLife Action Ministries (Minneapolis) one of the first organizations to begin a sidewalk counselling ministry. As well, she developed a training program for sidewalk counselors for Toronto and trained those who felt called to sidewalk counseling.
She was a speaker at various pro-life events such as the March for Life (Ottawa), National Pro-Life Conference (Calgary) and other pro-life ministries. She was a board member for Hamilton Right to Life and currently volunteers with 40 Days for Life Toronto. With Campaign Life Coalition, Enza spoke before the Standing Committee on General Government to speak against the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act which received Royal Assent on October 25, 2017, making it illegal for people to be present on the sidewalk within 150 meters of an abortion clinic.
Enza is the youngest of four daughters to an Italian immigrant couple, an aunt of five nieces and nephews and a great-aunt of two nieces. Growing up, she was influenced by pro-choice mentality regarding religious and Life issues. However, after accepting a friend’s invitation to a Rosary group, she returned to the Faith. She realized that God needed to be central in her life and made the decision to devote her life in service to Him wherever He may lead her.