Divorce Ministry

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Save your troubled marriage:

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.
- Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio

Divorce & Beyond support group

A Catholic based peer-ministry support group designed to help guide men and women through the process of divorce. For information on hosting a program at your parish please contact Gabriela Ross, Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life, at gross@archindy.org or (317) 592-4007.

November 11 - December 16, 2019: Divorce and Beyond 6-Week Session

There will be a Divorce and Beyond Session for six consecutive Monday evenings at the Catholic Center (1400 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201) in the Providence Conference Room from 7:00-9:00 p.m starting on November 11th (group will meet the week of Thanksgiving.) The support group explores the stress, anger, blame and guilt of divorce with the goal of leading participants toward ultimate forgiveness, happiness and growth. Separated or divorced of all faiths are welcome.

The cost of the six-week program is $30, which includes materials. Scholarships are available. Registration forms may be obtained online to register online click here. For more information please call Gabriela Ross, gross@archindy.org or (317) 592-4007.

 

 

 

Other Support groups and Opportunities

Transitions Divorce Support for Children - Free program aimed at parents and children. The groups will meet Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 beginning April 9 through May 14 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School. A child psychologist and art therapist, who are exceptional in their work with children, will lead all sessions. Home cooked meal will be served at 6:30 and class will begin at 7:00. For information, please contact slatonj@olmc1.org. All contacts are confidential.

Pathways to Healing, a Catholic Divorce Support Program, sponsored by the Lafayette Diocese will be offered on Wednesdays beginning February 27 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. For more information call Deacon Paul Lunsford at (317) 514-5421 or Jayne Slaton (317) 663-4005 email slatonj@olmc1.org.

Divorce Care is a Christian based divorce support program. It is offered consistently throughout the United States. Most likely there is a group near you. Website

Indy Separated/Divorced Catholics Facebook Group. This is a closed group. Most members have been through one of our support groups/retreats; however others are welcome. The group helps members stay in touch, seek support, offer support, prayer, and opportunities for social activity. Membership must be requested on Facebook. Anyone can see the group and who runs it. Only members can see who's in it and what they post. Request membership to join the group.

 

Men’s Divorce Support

St. Susanna offers a monthly divorce support group for men.  The goal is to help men cope with the trauma of divorce, grow in their Catholic faith, and nurture relationships with their children.  There will be readings and discussion, videos, useful resources, companionship and comradery.  All men are invited and may join the group at any time.  The group will meet in Avon. For more information and meeting location, please call or text Al Chlupacek (317) 750-4290.

 

BEING AND BELONGING annual retreat

October 04 - 06, 2019

A Weekend Retreat for Separated and Divorced Catholics

An annual retreat open to all faiths held at Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a participant, you are invited to relax as you journey with others, listening to their stories and exploring a common loss. The program will help deepen your understanding of the healing process and increase your sense of belonging as well as help you discover and affirm that God is with you in your struggles and in your hope.

Please contact Gabriela Ross, Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life, at gross@archindy.org or (317) 592-4007 for additional information.

To Register call Fatima at (317) 545-7681

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parenting program

The Archdiocese has a online parenting video presentation. The sixth video of the series addresses divorce and parenting. To see video CLICK HERE

 

Annulment Information and Support

ANNUAL ANNULMENT INFORMATION MEETING - Offered each Fall Season

2019 TBA

This interactive meeting is designed to answer your questions.  Presenters include Fr. Joseph Newton, Judicial Vicar, Joe Gehret, Advocate, and Judge Instructors Ann Tully and Nancy Thompson.

Why is an annulment necessary? What are the grounds for an annulment? What are the procedures?

The evening is hosted by the Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Assembly Hall.  There is no cost and registration is not required.

For more information contact Gabriela Ross, Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life, at gross@archindy.org or (317) 592-4007.

BIMONTHLY ANNULMENT SUPPORT GROUP

Fr. Paul Koetter, pastor at Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, and two Field Associates of the Tribunal meet six times per year at various locations. This is an ongoing group open to everyone in the Indianapolis Archdiocese seeking an annulment. If you need help getting started or have questions after filing, this group offers ongoing support and the opportunity to have your questions answered. For meeting dates or more information, please e-mail Fr. Paul.

Annual Reunion for All Past Divorce Support Participants

January 2020 -
Event held at Onebridge located in Building F at Northwest Technology Center, 6500 Technology Center Suite 300, Zionsville, IN 46077  (corner of 96th and Zionsville Road)

This informal, no-agenda, gathering offers an opportunity to reunite with friends you have met through divorce ministry, and other single Catholics!   God blesses us in our recovery journeys; sometimes those blessings come to us in the friendships we make. Since we are a welcoming and friendly group, please feel free to invite others. 

Please text or call Helen Black if you have questions. (317) 502-3995.

 

Resources:

  • Catholic Divorce Ministry - CDM.

  • Receive Daily Inspiration and Free Online Workshops- Divorced Catholic

  • National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers - NACFLM

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