"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 prayer...to 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
There are many counseling resources available in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. For further information or assistance,contact the Office for Marriage and Family Life at 414-758-2215.
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 dates for 2020 retreats are April 24-26 and September 25-27.
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.
Single Again Divorce Ministry - St John Vianney
The Single Again Divorce Ministry is a a support group for those in the process of divorce and beyond. It is open to men and women from any parish or none, does not require registration, and is free. The contact for the program is Mary Janowak, and she can be reached at 262-373-0265, or via e-mail at email@example.com.