Catholic's Divorce Survival Guide      

The Catholic's Divorce Survival Guide is a powerful DVD series to help separated and divorced Catholics find peace, power, and renewed passion for life. This 12-week program features 30-minute DVD shows each week, covering topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness and much more, as well as discussion opportunities.  Whether you were divorced ten days ago or ten years ago, the program offers valuable insight for everyone.

If you are interested in starting a group at your parish, please contact Deacon Jim Russell, Office of Laity and Family Life, 314.792.7173 or jimrussell@archstl.org

Faith Journeys Foundation

Faith Journeys is dedicated to supporting young people and young adults from separated or divorced families in their journey towards growth. They also serve children who are experiencing significant losses as a result of other family changes. They provide Programs for schools and parishes, as well as Resources for children of all ages.

Help for Troubled Marriages

Retrouvaille is a program designed to provide help and support to married couples who are undergoing difficulties in their relationship, for those who are hurting in brokenness and loneliness. It has also proven helpful to couples who are separated and divorced. Although Retrouvaille is Catholic in origin, couples from all or no faith traditions are welcome to attend. The next program begins with the weekend of September 20-22, 2013. For further information, call Kieran & Dacia Gutting with Retrouvaille of Saint Louis at 314.283.5055, or visit www.helpourmarriage.com.

The Institute for Marital Healing

The mission of the Institute for Marital Healing is to strengthen Catholic marriages and families by educating spouses, marital therapists and clergy about common causes of conflicts in marital self-giving and effective approaches to alleviating such conflicts. Through a combination of online resources, educational programs and publications, the Institute employs a time-tested approach to marital therapy that recognizes the importance of both science and faith in the process of marital healing.


Books

Annulments and the Catholic Church: Straight Answers to Tough Questions - Edward Peters, J.D., J.C.D.
Many questions abound regarding this issue, one which unfortunately touches the lives of many in the Church today. In this helpful book, canon and civil lawyer Edward N. Peters clears up some of the confusion by answering the most commonly-asked annulment questions in a thorough yet easy-to-understand style.

Annulments: What You Need to Know - Jimmy Akin
Many people have questions about annulments but aren't sure where to turn for the answers. Jimmy Akin, director of apologetics for Catholic Answers, has taken on the task of providing a concise, understandable booklet about annulments, written in question-and-answer format 

Courage to Love... When Your Marriage Hurts - Gerald Foley
Building on the experience of Retrouvaille, a successful church-sponsored ministry, this book focuses on building relationships. It invites couples to reconciliation, to rebuilding trust, to learning the skills necessary for healthy communication, and to growing spiritually through the lived reality of married life. 

December Roses: Pastoral Reflections on Divorce - Hector M. Medina
Though much literature has been written on this topic, December Roses details the thought processes associated with the planning and execution of a divorce and the painful emotions and feelings which occur, while at the same time providing a means of prayerful healing for those involved in the divorce situation. 

The Divorce Remedy: The Proven 7-Step Program for Saving Your Marriage - Michele Weinar Davis
In a down-to-earth style, Weiner Davis outlines a realistic, solution-oriented seven-step program for managing marital problems, which, when left unchecked, can drain the life out of a relationship. 

How to Understand & Petition for Your Decree of Nullity - Rose Sweet
Only God can see deeply into the human heart. He knows how human frailty and weakness, and inabilities of some people to enter into marriage freely and fully despite their best attempts. After careful study of such an attempted union, the Church may be able to declare that no valid marriage bond was created. And this book will help you understand the process. 

Marriage 911: How God Saved Our Marriage - Greg & Julie Alexander
Greg and Julie Alexander thought divorce was the only way out of their lifeless, loveless marriage. Quite unexpectedly, a faithful priest guided them back to the truths of the church, and as they began to incorporate these truths into their lives, they were able to restore the love they once had for each other. Marriage 911 chronicles their journey back from the brink of divorce to marital happiness built on a strong Catholic faith. 

Rebuilding After Divorce: Making Your House a Home Again - Rose Sweet
Whether you've recently divorced or it's been a few years, you can rebuild a life rich in faith, hope, and lots of love. But first you'll need blueprints, clear directions to make your house a home again. For over 20 years, Rose Sweet has brought her wit and wisdom to the separated, divorced, and remarried.


Additional Links

Answers to Common Questions about Separation and Divorce 
A document prepared by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, with material from Rose Sweet 

Divorced Catholic
We invite you on a journey back to a life filled with promise and peace. Allow Christ to walk with you as you rediscover His healing and rejuvenating power through the wisdom, richness, and truth of your Catholic faith. 

Divorce Resource Center
For those facing an unwanted divorce 

North American Conference of Separated & Divorced Catholics
Since 1974, NACSDC has been committed to the healing and recovery of those who have experienced separation and divorce. 


If you are in a difficult marriage, but are not yet separated or divorced, please click here

"Relationships and circumstances within your family may have changed, but God’s love for you is ever present and does not come to an end. Grasp the hands of those who reach out to you in loving concern. Extend your own hand to others whom you meet on the road to healing and reconciliation. There is a home for you within our parishes and communities of faith" (US Bishops’ 1994 pastoral message to families, Follow the Way of Love).