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The society, named after the Roman centurion who repented for his participation in Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, offers private counseling and workshops to former clinic workers.

“We see a constant stream of people coming for help,” said Father Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, which now runs the group.

By design, Centurions is “not a high-profile type of ministry,” said Father Gensemer, international director of the Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life in Birmingham, Ala., who led a workshop in September with Father Pavone.

Many former clinic workers “are very damaged by their work in the abortion industry” and don’t want to talk about it publicly, so it takes time and compassion to help them heal, said Father Gensemer. Based on what he has heard over the years, he said, “there are people like Gosnell who are still out there, operating.”

“I used to be one of those die-hards, one of those clinic workers, too,” Ms. Johnson said. “All it takes is just one moment of clarity, one moment of kind of getting slapped in the head with what you are doing for them to say, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ And we’re going to be there for them when they make that decision,” she said.