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Divorced Catholics

"May the church be the place of God’s mercy and love, where everyone can feel themselves welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live according to…the Gospel.    Pope Francis


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Divorce ministry conference / workshop - Nov 4   (Orange County)


Divorce: The Catholic Community Creating Bridges of Hope

Saturday, November 4, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join us on the Christ Cathedral Campus (Freed Theater) for this conference intended for those who are divorced or separated, for diocesan leaders and for group facilitators.  Topics include: Church Programs, Annulment Myths, Anger and Coping Skills, Dating and Intimacy for Catholics, Helping Children Cope, and Finding a Full Life after Divorce.  There will be 3 tracks:  English, Spanish and Training for Group Leaders.  Cost is $50 per person or $40 per person for groups of two or more (use code “GROUPRATE” when registering online to access discount).  Online registration for the English track at:, for Group Leaders at: or to register by mail, download registration form here:

Sponsored by the Diocese of Orange and the Diocese of San Bernardino.


El Divorcio: La Comunicad Católica Creando Puentes de Esperanza

Sábado, 4 de noviembre, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. a las 4:00 p.m.

Acompáñenos en el Campus de la Catedral de Cristo (Teatro Freed) para esta conferencia destinada para aquellos que están divorciados o separados, para líderes diocesanos y para facilitadores de grupos.  Temas incluyen: Programas en la Iglesia, Mitos sobe la Anulación, El Enojo y Habilidades de Afrontamiento, Salir con Alguien e Intimidad para Católicos, Ayudar a los Niños a Afrontar la Situación, y Encontrar una Vida Plana Después del Divorcio.  Habrá tres pistas: en inglés, en español y Formación para Líderes de Grupos (en inglés solamente). Costo es de $50 por persona o $40 por persona en grupos de 2 o más (use la clave “TARIFAGRUPO” al inscribirse en línea para obtener el descuento)  Inscrpcion para la pista en español en:, para lideres de grupos (en ingles solamente) en: o para inscribirse por correo, descargue el formulario de inscripcion aquí:

Patrocinado por la Diócesis de Orange y la Diócesis de San Bernardino.


The Church is definitely against divorce, and divorced people are strongly against divorce as well, but the Church isn’t against divorced people.  Fr Al Grosskopf, SJ

Local groups

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has a special ministry for men and women who have experienced the pain of separation and divorce. We believe that the Church has a rich treasury of people, Holy Scripture, tradition, and pastoral ministry on which it can draw to serve its members whose marriages end in divorce.

We strive to lay open this wealth and make known Christ’s abundant healing love so that all who suffer from separation and divorce might experience healing, reconciliation, and new life. We also recognize that separated and divorced people, through their vulnerability, suffering, courage, faithfulness, and patient endurance bear witness to Christ and his redeeming grace in the world. They are not mere recipients of the Church’s compassion; they are as well, ministers of that compassion.

Catholic Divorce Ministry

We have a support group that meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 7:30 P.M. at the Parish Center, St. Stephen Church, 451 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco. Please call Father Al Grosskopf, S.J., 415-422-6698.

Separated and Divorced Catholics Group

Meet at St Dominic's Church, the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 7:30pm  (Aquinas room).  Please join us to share comfort, lessons, wisdom and strength with others on this journey.  In January we will be adding the Divorce Survival Guide video series to enrich our conversation. This is a twelve part series from Ascension Press. Contact Diana Wild at 415-929-0999 or email her at

New Beginnings

St. Hilary’s Parish has set up a special ministry for men and women who have experienced or are experiencing the pain of separation and divorce. We meet the 2nd Friday of every month, 6:30pm.  For more information call the parish office (415) 435-1122 or email Victoria or Karen.    The aims of the group are:

1)   To connect those in need of healing and support with those who have walked in their shoes & can help guide them along the way and share their experiences.

2)   To help divorced individuals deal with all the typical feelings of loss, failure and loneliness.

3)   To help educate those who are dealing with this situation on the Church’s views and teachings

Why stay Catholic through a divorce?    One woman's mediation on divorce and the Church

Resources   Many resources      Many resources, Q/A, etc. from Rose Sweet (N American Conference of Separated & Divorced Catholics) – national ministry; members receive the journal, Jacob's Well);   Lisa is another Catholic writer on the topic of divorce, many resources on her website    Beginning Experience weekend experience.     More from Rose Sweet       They have monthly online seminars; their work has been recommended to me



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