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Support After Separation or Divorce

"Loneliness and other difficulties are often the lot of separated spouses, especially when they are the innocent parties. The ecclesial community must support such people more than ever. It must give them much respect, solidarity, understanding and practical help…" (Familiaris Consortio p. 83)

Separation or divorce is never part of the plan. When you married, it was for life. But then the unthinkable happened. Separation or divorce, even when necessary, comes with immense grief and pain. But you need to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. The Church in the diocese of San Diego is here to provide support, guidance, and resources as you pass through this difficult time of transition to a new life with new hopes and opportunities.

Support Groups

Support groups are offered at various parishes in the Diocese of San Diego. The purpose of these groups is to provide pastoral care to separated/divorced Catholics (and non-Catholics) by helping them to grieve their loss in a healthy way and move forward with hope. The meetings are usually held weekly for a period of 10 – 13 weeks. A variety of programs are currently in use in the parishes including:

  • Recovering From Divorce
  • Divorce Care
  • Surviving Divorce

To obtain further information about individual parish support groups, please select the following link.


Seeking help is not a sign of weakness but rather a sign of courage and strength. Don’t wait until the hurt and mistrust have grown out of control. You can locate therapists or mental help professionals from our region who have taken the San Diego Diocesan pledge, “to understand and respect the religious beliefs and values of my Catholic clients.”

Beginning Experience

Next Weekends: May 4-6, 2018
October 12-14, 2018
Prince of Peace Abbey, Oceanside


This weekend program is intended for those suffering the loss of a love relationship as widowed, divorced or separated, who are ready to come to terms with that loss and move forward with their lives. This weekend helps grieving persons focus on their experience and emerge from the darkness of grief into the light of a new beginning. The program offers an opportunity, through God, for turning the pain of loss into a basis for positive growth. Founded by a Catholic nun and rooted in the Christian tradition, the ministry's open, inclusive spirit serves those of all faiths.