2016 National Conference
Friday, October 28, 2016
venue is the breathtakingly beautiful
Garden Grove (Orange County),
Need a reason to
remarriage are the most noted reasons people leave the
Catholic Church and it is in the best interest of every parish
to find the lifeline to make sure these members of our family
targets the ministries, leadership and pastors. The
ministries that touch the children, RCIA and all aspects of
family life will benefit from the motivation, education and
materials provided so more support is initiated for the
divorced and separated.
will be posted here as soon as they are available.
Check back often!
Catholic Divorce Ministry in the Media
Executive Director Gregory Mills was interviewed by the National
Catholic Register for an article posted on their website.
National Catholic Register is a print and online newspaper service
Read the full article, Emerging
Catholic Ministries Reach Out to the Divorced.
Gregory also appeared on Relevant Radio's The
Drew Mariani Show. Relevant Radio is a not-for-profit
radio network serving the Catholic Church with 36 stations reaching
18 states. Listen
to the show — Gregory's 12-minute discussion with Drew begins
at the 3:10 mark.
Please help us to continue and expand
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
And we really need donations to keep this ministry alive!
We're listed in the Official
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
Use the links at left to navigate
through our site. Check out these highlights:
Awareness for Separated and Divorced
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
Meet Our Bishop's Liaison:
The Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD
Bishop of the Diocese of Orange is CDM's
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. Read Bishop Vann's full
Our Name and Logo!
Catholic Divorce Ministry —
The Ministry of the North American Conference of
Separated and Divorced Catholics
The NACSDC Board of Directors has approved the
adoption of our new name and logo. Our newsletter has already made
the transition — Watch for our website to continue the transition
over the coming months.