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 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.

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.

Catholic Divorce Ministry in the Media

NCR logoCDM 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 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.