Welcome to the New and Updated Catholic Divorce Ministry (CDM) Website

With Spring in the air and sunny warm weather gradually following, we hear the sounds of baseball, birds chirping, frogs croaking, tractors preparing the land for gardens, and children having fun playing outside.  What a prelude to Holy Week and Easter just around the corner bringing to us the promise of Christ's Resurrection and the guarantee that Jesus has our back.

Hopefully you will enjoy the new CDM website and find the information you need.  Please contact a regional representative with any unanswered questions or if you have suggestions.  If you are interested in becoming involved in this ministry, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  There is plenty of work to go around.

Please consider attending the CDM conference July 22-23, 2017 at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  Travel to and around Washington, DC is easy and an early bird registration discount is available until June 5.  Your CDM Board looks forward to meeting you at this Conference.  Thank you for visiting the CDM website; we are here to help you and we need your input.

Suzanne Carr

CDM Board President and

Central Office Manager






Building Bridges with the Divorced &Separated


“Strengthening Family Ties”



Saturday & Sunday, July 22 - 23, 2017



Catholic University of America

Washington, DC


The ministry is dedicated to develop and expand a peer ministry within the

Catholic community that offers encouragement, support and education to

all who experience separation and divorce.


Registration will open in February 2017 through:


Building Bridges Conference Speakers

Building Bridges Conference Schedule


Cost is $80 before June 5; $100 after June 5, 2017

Help Wanted!

Please help us to continue and expand our mission.


 Help Wanted

Catholic Divorce Ministry needs Representatives to help spread our 39 year old ministry to bring support within our Church to those suffering the grief of the end of a marriage.  If not yourself, do you know of someone who has survived divorce, is an active Catholic, and wants to support others beginning the painful process of separation and divorce?  Don’t be awed by the title "Regional Representative!"  A rep can start slowly—ideally working within one diocese to get support groups opened. CDM can grow faster if only we can find blessed volunteers willing to serve.  If you cannot serve as Regional Representative, are you willing to participate on the regional-level board? 

Please contact Central Office.  And we really need donations to keep this ministry alive!



We're listed in the Official Catholic Directory
Catholic Divorce Ministry is once again listed in the Official Catholic Directory (p. 473) published by P.J. Kenedy & Sons. 
When our Central Office relocated in 2004, an administrative oversight resulted in our listing being omitted. 
But through proper stewardship of resources we have returned to the pages of this vital publication.  
Learn more about the Official Catholic Directory.
 Official Catholic Directory
Site Highlights
Check out these highlights:

Awareness for Separated and Divorced Catholics

Things you've wanted to know, and things you should know — about separation, divorce, annulment, children, and family… more.

Regional Happenings and Resources

Selected regional events — conferences, workshops, retreats, etc. — are posted at right. Click the menu link for the complete list of events. This section also includes information on resources available in your region — Diocesan contacts, support groups, and other support services can be found here.


Meet Our Bishop's Liaison: 
The Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD
Bishop of the Diocese of Orange is CDM's Episcopal Liaison.

Bishop Kevin W. Vann is the Episcopal Liaison, also known as Episcopal Moderator, between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and CDM.  In this capacity he represents the conference on CDM's board and will help the two organizations to collaborate on matters of concern.  In his May 2010 acceptance letter to CDM he wrote “I am very happy to accept the role of Episcopal Moderator for Catholic Divorce Ministry.  This is a good fit, given my background in Parish and Tribunal ministry and now my position on the USCCB Laity, Family Life, Youth Ministry and Marriage Subcommittee.  Rick McCord of the USCCB staff was very happy to hear this and I will be informing Cardinal George of this matter as well.  I look forward to working with you and hope I can be of assistance to you.”

Bishop Vann is a gift of God to Catholic Divorce Ministry and we humbly thank him for his generous service to this ministry.  


 Bishop Vann