Welcome to the New and Updated Catholic Divorce Ministry (CDM) Website
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Divorced and Separated Catholics
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Tools to Support Our Families in Transition
Table of Contents
Building Bridges with the Divorced and Separated Catholics
I. Introduction – God Writes Straight with Crooked Lines (Old proverb)
II. Where the Catholic Church Stands on Divorce and Separation
III. Unique Needs of the Divorced and Separated: Stress, Emotional, Financial, Physical
IV. Parish/Diocese Accountability with Divorced and Separated
- Questions to ponder, Ultimate set up of ministry with options
V. Advertising and Marketing
VI. Programs – Additional Activities to Support
- Healing Mass
- Support Groups
VII. Healing Mass Specifically for Divorced and Separated
VIII. Support Groups (common to all divorce programs): Financial set up, Facilitator recruiting and training, participant support.
Message from the President:
After 14 years of service in this ministry, I am particularly excited about my current 12-month term as President. The vision of our board of directors is crystallizing into a clear picture of our future. We enjoy warm relationships with organizations and individuals who help comprise the Catholic foundation in our United States. The strength of these gifts served as motivation for me to create a Vision Statement for my term: Welcome all to God’s path for loving, healthy relationships.
Come join us! Literally, join CDM. Join our growth within parishes, dioceses, even internationally as we welcome Canadian groups back to our ranks. Or just make a donation, perhaps in the name of a family member or friend.
On our web site (www.nacsdc.org) click on the Board of Directors tab. Then click any of our names and send an email with your question or point of interest. We are all volunteers and have day jobs, but we’ll get back to you in 3-4 days.
Our outreach is expanding. We’d like for it to include you.
-Gregory Mills, NACSDC President
Our newly elected Executive Board
From left to right: Regina Staloch – Treasurer, Julie Auzenne – Secretary, Suzanne Carr – former President, Gregory Mills – President and Angela Falgoust – Vice President
Congratulations to our new Executive Director, Kelly Klaus!
Our Catholic Church has never been more prepared to support the unique pain our brothers and sisters experience through their divorce journey. Our beloved Pope Francis has opened his arms wide to make sure everyone feels included and calls his flock to follow. His request has been heard and The Catholic Divorce Ministry is dedicated to educate and share the gifts of the Church to reach all of those touched by the changing family dynamics after divorce. We are prepared to help the individual, the parish and the Diocese with tangible tools and prayers.
Open yourself up to experience healing and allow Jesus to restore your faith, answer God’s call and follow His direction. Contact our group for advice, direction or encouragement and hopefully find your path in helping other’s while growing in God’s love.
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!
Catholic Divorce Ministry is listed in the 2017 Official Catholic Directory (p. 969) published by P.J. Kenedy & Sons.
Learn more about the Official Catholic Directory.
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.
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.