Who We Are
Catholic Divorce Ministry is the ministry of the North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics, Inc., working since 1974 to create a network of support for families experiencing separation and divorce. CDM speaks to the Church with the united, collective voice of separated and divorced Catholics. Through our Central Office, conferences, member groups, ministry leadership training, resources, and liaisons with church and civic organizations, CDM has substantially improved the entire family’s experience of divorce by addressing the religious, emotional, financial, and parenting issues relative to separation, divorce, and remarriage. Because we’re also a U.S. IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations and membership dues may be tax deductible.
We, the members of Catholic Divorce Ministry, North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics, reach out to our brothers and sisters and their families in the United States, Canada, and other countries, who experience the pain of separation and divorce.
We believe that the Church has a rich treasury of people, scripture, tradition, and pastoral ministry on which it can draw to serve its members whose marriages end in divorce. We strive to lay open this wealth and make known Christ's abundant love so that all who suffer from separation and divorce might experience healing, reconciliation, and new life.
We also recognize that separated and divorced people, through their vulnerability, suffering, courage, faithfulness, and patient endurance bear witness to Christ and his redeeming grace in the world. They are not mere recipients of the Church's compassion; they are, as well, ministers of that compassion.
We dedicate ourselves to the following:
- To search out those who have left the Catholic Church because of separation or divorce, and those who are in irregular marriages following divorce, and to work toward their reconciliation
- To foster the spiritual and emotional recovery and development of those who separate, divorce, or remarry
- To promote the formation and continued development of local support groups and peer ministry
- To serve as a major resource to dioceses, parish clergy, and religious and lay leadership in the areas of divorce ministry training and distribution of publications
- To consult and maintain liaisons with organizations, individuals, and institutions whose purposes are similar to those of the NACSDC
- To welcome separated and divorced persons of other faiths who request our support, and
- To be a united voice to the Church on the needs of today's separated and divorced families.
All who approach us will find warm welcome and understanding!
Since 1974, NACSDC has been committed to the healing and recovery of those who have experienced separation and divorce. We also realize that people experiencing other sources of pain—whether widowed, never married, or single parents for any reason—may benefit from the programs we offer and the services we provide.