Separated & Divorced

Ministry of Healing & Hope

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“Special discernment is indispensable for the pastoral care of those who are separated, divorced or abandoned. Respect needs to be shown especially for the sufferings of those who have unjustly endured separation, divorce or abandonment, or those who have been forced by maltreatment from a husband or a wife to interrupt their life together.”

– Pope Francis, AMORIS LÆTITIA (The Joy of Love), Chapter 242


A faith family where Catholics suffering from broken relationships will find a welcome home throughout the Archdiocese.


Our mission is to be a Catholic Faith resource of spiritual and practical help for families that are hurting because of broken relationships and to give hope to those recovering from separation, and divorce. Our energies are directed toward supporting, helping, enabling and empowering each other in that journey. We wish to belong fully to our Faith Family, to be a gift that inspires and a lesson by which others may learn and grow.


Our goal is to become a source of spiritual strength and wisdom; to process the grief; to ease the pain; to give comfort and hope to those recovering from separation, divorce or death of a spouse.

Julie Auzenne
Separated and Divorced Consultant, Office of Marriage & Family Life​
(213) 637-7249​​


Help for Troubled Marriages
During this challenging time in your life, God’s love and support can come from compassionate Catholic people and organizations that can guide us to a new life journey with the following support:
The following two resources are for those who may still have hope to work on their marriage:
  • Retrouvaille (English)
    • a weekend experience combined with post-weekend sessions.
    • Designed to provide the tools to help put your marriage in order again.
    • Main emphasis of the program is on communication between husband and wife.
    • Will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and to examine your lives together in a new and positive ways.
  • Therapist Referrals (English & Spanish)
    • Contains the names and information of Therapists who are in private practice or are part of a larger group or clinic.
    • Each Therapist is either Catholic or Christian and has agreed to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church.

*Note: For private and professional reasons, the names and contact information of the therapists are not available on the website. For assistance, please contact your Parish Office or Jeanette Seneviratne, Associate Director for the Office of Marriage & Family Life at 213-637-7398 or​.


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Separated and Divorced Programs


“The Beginning Experience is a structured weekend program where widowed, separated, and divorced persons are guided through their grief process. The Beginning Experience is an international peer ministry.”
More information: Brenda Mikhail (818) 352-5265 / Spanish: Maria Rojas (310) 365-0186


A program for divorced Catholics to help get your life back on track after divorce and move forward in your Catholic faith with hope and confidence.


Free Daily Inspiration email messages to encourage and inspire you on the journey after divorce.


The Surviving Divorce program offers help in healing of the human family. Regardless of where you are after a divorce or separation, this program will help restore fullness of health, life and joy to every family.


Information About Declaration of Nullity
Contact your parish pastor for more information about the Declaration of Nullity process. Visit the Department of Metropolitan Marriage Tribunal


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