Seasons of Life, Seasons of Change: Food for the JourneyCatholic Divorce Ministry

National Conference & Leaders Seminar
for Separated and Divorced Persons

"Healing the Wounded: God's Mercy"


  Friday, Sept. 19 — Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014  | 
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Mercy Conference and Retreat Center — Saint Louis, Missouri

Co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis Office of Laity and Family Life,
St. Joseph Catholic Radio, and Pauline Books and Media


Thank you to all attendees!
We hope you left with feelings of
warmth, peace, growth, and friendship!

Didn't attend?  Here's what you missed:
 

Walking our own path with God...on the Mercy Conference & Retreat Center grounds.

Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski discusses inclusion of children in ministering to the separated/divorced.

Comment from attendee.

Your CDM Board takes advantage of the conference venue for a “face-to-face” meeting.

Fr. Al Grosskopf and Sr. Grace Mueller knew Fr. Jim Young, who founded NACSDC in 1974.

Discussion during a break interrupted for a photo op.

Comment from attendee.

Vince Freese doing brisk business with his "Journey of Hope" program.

CDM Episcopal Liaison Bishop Kevin Vann and Sr. Grace Mueller share a light moment.

Happy faces posing for the camera.

Comment from attendee.

Deacon Jim Russell, Archdiocese of St. Louis, served as the primary interface with CDM.

Labyrinth on the Mercy Retreat Center grounds.

Lu Cortese of St. Joseph Catholic Radio/TV recording the events.

Comment from attendee.

Checking out materials at the Pauline Books & Media display managed by Sister Laura.

Opportunities abound for tranquil reflection on the Mercy Center grounds.

More happy faces posing for the camera.

Comment from attendee.

CDM Treasurer and conference coordinator Regina Staloch with appreciation award from CDM Board.



Catholic Divorce Ministry in the Media

CNS logoCDM Executive Director Gregory Mills was interviewed for an article posted on the Catholic News Service website.  CNS is a leading source of news for Catholic print and broadcast media throughout the world.  Read the full article, Ministries to divorced, remarried strive to echo pope's call for mercy.

NCR logoGregory was also interviewed by the National Catholic Register for an article posted on their website.  National Catholic Register is a print and online newspaper service of EWTN.  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.

Help Wanted!
Please help us to continue and expand our mission.

Help Wanted signCatholic 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

Official Catholic DirectoryCatholic 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.

Site Highlights
Use the links at left to navigate through our site. 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.

Go Shopping! NACSDC Resources Online

Browse our online store for an extensive collection of books, audio, and video on all topics surrounding separation and divorce — Annulments, Divorce Recovery, Children, Single Parenting, Spirituality, Ministry Leadership, Remarriage, and more! You can also join or renew your membership, offer a tax-deductible donation, and register for select conferences (when applicable).  Go now

Books/DVDs from NACSDC Resources Online
View our entire selection, or download and print our catalog.

CDM/NACSDC: New Group Resource PacketNew Group Resource Packet

CDM / NACSDC

CDM has put together a New Group Resource Packet to help you start, or restart, your support group. Included: a single copy each of Divorce and Beyond, the Divorce and Beyond Facilitator's Guide; selected reprints of various articles relating to divorce and support groups from NACSDC-founder Rev. Jim Young and other professionals… more

Medina: December RosesNew!
December Roses

Hector M. Medina

Divorce touches many issues and feelings.  As marriages die and friendships are broken, the pain cries out for healing.  December Roses details the thought processes associated with the planning and execution of a divorce and the painful emotions and feelings which occur, while at the same time providing a means of prayerful healing for those involved in the divorce situation.  This book is written with the faith that God is greater than our human moments of grief.  Through God's compassion, healing is possible.… more

Skrobiak: Return to Life DVDsSale! $150 Discount! — New DVD Series for Groups!
Return to Life

A Six-Week Healing Series for the Divorced

Marianne F. Skrobiak, M.S., M.A., LPC

Return to Life is a new DVD series designed to help normalize the divorce process and offer hope and healing to those going through divorce.  This set includes six live presentations by Marianne totaling over 4.6 hours, an easy to follow leader's guide, access to all handouts, and a model for a closing ritual.… more

Greteman, et. al.: Divorce and BeyondDivorce And Beyond

A Workbook for Recovery and Healing

Greteman, Haverkamp, and Radtke

This popular program for adults who have gone through a recent divorce offers readers the support and guidance they need to help them through the divorcing process.  Completely revised and updated, and designed as a ten-session workbook, Divorce and Beyond is appropriate for use in a group setting or individually.  The book will help readers move from the initial stress, anger, and guilt to ultimate forgiveness, happiness, and growth.… more

Smith: AnnulmentAnnulment

A Step-by-Step Guide for Divorced Catholics

Rev. Ronald T. Smith

This helpful, concise, step-by-step guide cuts through the red tape, the confusing terminology, and the complicated procedures about annulments and explains what a person needs to do and say in order to obtain an annulment and remarry in the Catholic Church.  It also offers suggestions about healing the hurts of divorce and moving forward to new and healthier relationships.… more

Foster: AnnulmentAnnulment

The Wedding That Was:
How the Church Can Declare a Marriage Null

Michael Smith Foster

To most people, the annulment process is shrouded in mystery. This straightforward primer explains the concepts and procedures surrounding annulment and the mechanics of canon law. Using clear, simple language and dozens of concrete examples, the author—a judge on a tribunal—demystifies the procedure while showing how it does not contradict Church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. This is fascinating reading for anyone even remotely interested in the workings of annulment.… more

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

The Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DDBishop 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 biography.

Our Name and Logo!
CDM 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.