Resources and Support for Marriages Seeking Healing, Catholics who are Separated or Divorced, and their Families

Resources for marriages seeking healing:

  • Indianapolis Retrouvaille A retreat for separated or hurting marriages looking to heal. Talks are presented by coupels who faced adversity, overcame, and now share their story. After the weekend retreat, follow-up sessions
    are available to continue the healing process.

    Upcoming dates:

    • March 13-15, 2020 near Indianapolis.

  • The Third Option A weekly support group that teaches skills for marriage. Meets for 14 weeks in the fall and spring. Couples can jump in at any time during the season. Group meets in Carmel, IN. Session topics repeat each season.

    Upcoming dates:

    • Feb. 13, 2020 - Building a Climate of Respect
    • Feb. 20, 2020 - Responsibility & The Blame Game
    • Feb. 27, 2020 - Understanding Expectations
    • Mar. 05, 2020 -Re-Defining Power Struggle
    • Mar. 12, 2020 - Control Issues
    • Mar. 19, 2020 - Listening Beyond the Words
    • Mar. 26, 2020 - Personality Differences
    • Apr. 02, 2020 - Childhood Issues and Emotional Baggage
    • Apr. 16, 2020 - Handling Anger Constructively
    • Apr. 23, 2020 - Speaking the Truth in Love
    • Apr. 30, 2020 - How to Fight Fair and Conflict Resolution
    • May 07, 2020 - Feelings and the Hurt Spiral
    • May 14, 2020 - Forgiveness and Repair
    • May 21, 2020 - Rebuilding Trust
    • For more information, go to


  • Indianapolis-based Catholic and Faith-Based Therapists

Resources for Catholics who are separated or divorced:

Divorce & Beyond support group

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


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

There will be a “Divorce and Beyond” session for Catholics who are separated or going through a divorce. The group will meet for six consecutive Monday evenings at the Catholic Center (1400 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis) 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, from a faith perspective.

The cost of the six-week program is $30, which includes materials. Some scholarships are available. To register online click here.

For more information, contact Gabriela Ross in the Office of Marriage and Family Life at or (317) 592-4007.


Other Support groups and Opportunities

Please check directly with providers, as options may have changed.

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 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

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


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 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


Annulment Information Night – October 21, 2019

Are you curious about how the annulment process works, in the midst of a divorce, or getting ready to begin the annulment process?  You are cordially invited to attend the annual Annulment Information Night sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life and the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

We will gather for this event on Monday, October 21, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Assembly Hall at The Catholic Center (1400 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN) where the privacy of all attendees is respected. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

For more information about this event, contact Gabriela Ross in the Office of Marriage and Family Life at (317) 592-4007 or or Tara Sheringer at (317) 236-1511 or



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.



  • 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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