Welcome to the New and Updated Catholic Divorce Ministry (CDM) Website
Congratulations to our new Executive Director, Kelly Klaus!
Our Catholic Church has never been more prepared to support the unique pain our brothers and sisters experience through their divorce journey. Our beloved Pope Francis has opened his arms wide to make sure everyone feels included and calls his flock to follow. His request has been heard and The Catholic Divorce Ministry is dedicated to educate and share the gifts of the Church to reach all of those touched by the changing family dynamics after divorce. We are prepared to help the individual, the parish and the Diocese with tangible tools and prayers.
Open yourself up to experience healing and allow Jesus to restore your faith, answer God’s call and follow His direction. Contact our group for advice, direction or encouragement and hopefully find your path in helping other’s while growing in God’s love.
Catholic Divorce Ministry needs Representatives to help spread our 45 year old ministry to bring support within our Church to those suffering the grief of the end of a marriage. If not yourself, do you know of someone who has survived divorce, is an active Catholic, and wants to support others beginning the painful process of separation and divorce? Don’t be awed by the title "Regional Representative!" A rep can start slowly—ideally working within one diocese to get support groups opened. CDM can grow faster if only we can find blessed volunteers willing to serve. If you cannot serve as Regional Representative, are you willing to participate on the regional-level board?
Please contact Central Office. And we really need donations to keep this ministry alive!
Catholic Divorce Ministry is listed in the 2017 Official Catholic Directory (p. 969) published by P.J. Kenedy & Sons.
Learn more about the Official Catholic Directory.
Awareness for Separated and Divorced Catholics
Things you've wanted to know, and things you should know — about separation, divorce, annulment, children, and family… more.
Regional Happenings and Resources
Selected regional events — conferences, workshops, retreats, etc. — are posted at right. Click the menu link for the complete list of events. This section also includes information on resources available in your region — Diocesan contacts, support groups, and other support services can be found here.
Bishop Kevin W. Vann is the Episcopal Liaison, also known as Episcopal Moderator, between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and CDM. In this capacity he represents the conference on CDM's board and will help the two organizations to collaborate on matters of concern. In his May 2010 acceptance letter to CDM he wrote “I am very happy to accept the role of Episcopal Moderator for Catholic Divorce Ministry. This is a good fit, given my background in Parish and Tribunal ministry and now my position on the USCCB Laity, Family Life, Youth Ministry and Marriage Subcommittee. Rick McCord of the USCCB staff was very happy to hear this and I will be informing Cardinal George of this matter as well. I look forward to working with you and hope I can be of assistance to you.”
Bishop Vann is a gift of God to Catholic Divorce Ministry and we humbly thank him for his generous service to this ministry.