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Separated and Divorced

Provides resources and support for those persons who are Separated and Divorced.

"I earnestly call upon pastors and the whole community of the faithful to help the divorced and with solicitous care, to make sure that they do not consider themselves as separated from the Church, for as baptized persons they can and indeed must share in her life. They should be encouraged to listen to the Word of God, to attend the sacrifice of the Mass, to persevere in bring up their children in the Christian faith, to cultivate the spirit and practice of penance and thus implore, day by day, God’s grace. Let the Church pray for them, encourage them and show herself a merciful mother and thus sustain them in faith and hope."
Pope John Paul II, On the Family, #84



Counseling Resources

There are many counseling resources available in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. For further information or assistance, download a PDF listing of referrals or you may contact the Office for Marriage and Family Life at 414-758-2215 or send an email here.

New Horizons: Celebrating New Life after Divorce

The New Horizons weekend retreat is a one time opportunity for reflection, personal work, and celebration to help people embark on a new phase of life after divorce. The Weekend of Healing is for men and women who are divorced or separated with no chance of reconciliation. Those divorced, recently or for years, will find the weekend rewarding.

The 2019 weekends for the New Horizon Retreat are:

April 26-28, 2019

September 27-29, 2019. 

For more information download the 2019 brochure and registration form.

Although the weekend is a ministry of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, members of all faiths are welcome. For questions, please contact the Office for Marriage and Family Life at 414-758-2215.

Parish-Based Support Groups

There are many support groups for the separated and divorced throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Download a PDF listing of the support groups or you may contact the Office for Marriage and Family Life at 414-758-2215 for more information.

Marriage Preparation for Remarriage

This day is a special track during an Marriage Preparation Conference. This track is designed for couples entering into a remarriage with Church approval.  This is highly recommended for couples with children. Presentations are given by married couples who are in a remarriage. For further information, please call 414-758-2213 or

Invalidation and Annulments

Periodically, the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee offers workshops regarding invalidation and annulments. The Office for Marriage and Family Life supports the work of the Tribunal in this ministry.  For further information, please contact the Tribunal directly. The website is located here:


Retrouvaille is a ministry for hurting marriages. The program is offered in English or Spanish in 150 countries worldwide. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry, a ministry of hope. The team couples, by sharing their own lives, give other couples hope. What is important is that struggling couples are willing to work to keep their marriages going.

Retrouvaille is a ministry of the local church. In southeastern Wisconsin, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has partnered with the diocese of Green Bay to endorse the program and to enable Retrouvaille to operate. Please contact Betsy and Willie Gonwa 414-259-0565 for more information or click here for local Retrouvaille information.

Retrouvaille has been proven to be helpful for many couples. Surveys show that approximately 70% of participating couples have been significantly helped by the program.

If your marriage is hurting, please consider Retrouvaille.



Please click here for a list of ongoing programs in your area




Rich Harter, M.T.S.

Emily Burds
Associate Director

Annette Basaldua
Administrative Assistant

Tori Pohl
Program and Events Coordinator, NFP Consultant



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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
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