Your NACSDC Region 2 Representative:
Stephen Tartaglia
PO Box 369, Ogdensburg, NY 13669-0369

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Region 2 Happenings

We present the following for your information and consideration, and hope that you will participate in and benefit from these events. However, NACSDC cannot be responsible for the content or any other aspect of the events described herein.


Archdiocese of New York

Ministry to Separated and Divorced Webpage: http://nyfamilylife.org/separated-divorced/


Carmen Noschese, M.S., M.F.T.
Coordinator, Separated/Divorced Ministry
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Retrouvaille weekends are held in the New York metropolitan area, in New Jersey, on Long Island, and in Connecticut. For more information, please visit the Retrouvaille website.

  • Retrouvaille weekends on Long Island.
    For more information on these weekends or to register, please call (800) 470-2230 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Retrouvaille weekends in northern New Jersey.
    For more information, please call Marie Ryan, Family Life Office – Diocese of Paterson, NJ, at (973) 777-8818. To register, please contact Pat & Roger at (201) 251-1031.
  • Retrouvaille weekends in Newark, NJ.
    For more information or to register, please call John & Karen Panariello at (732) 276-7695.
  • For additional information about weekends in New Jersey, please contact Fr. Claude Lenehan, OFM – Holy Cross Friary, Bronx, NY, at (718) 378-1170.
Beginning Experience

“A weekend away for a lifetime of change.” Designed for those who are Widowed, Separated, or Divorced. Help for the heartache of finding yourself alone again. For more information, download this brochure.



Diocese of Albany 

Detours on the Journey is a support group ministry for those who have experienced or are experiencing divorce.
Join with others in prayer and shared experience to explore the opportunities of healing and growth after the end of your relationship.  Come find hope again.
Our diocese has two opportunities for attending a group:

  • At the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Albany every Tuesday evening starting February 7th at 7pm.
  • At St.Pius X Parish Center in Loudonville every other Tuesday  starting February 14th at 6:30pm

For more information, directions and registration please contact the office of Lay Ministry Formation at 453-6644 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Diocese of Brooklyn

The Diocese of Brooklyn provides referrals for counseling and for programs that help couples in crisis begin to heal and transform their relationships, including:

The Retrouvaille Program
This overnight weekend experience provides help for troubled marriages. The word Retrouvaille simply means “rediscovery.” Thousands of couples headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending this program. For more information please call 1-800-470-2230 or visit www.retrouvaille.org.

The Beginning Experience
This overnight weekend experience provides help for individuals suffering the heartache of divorce, separation and widowhood. For information and reservations, call Jim at 718-474-3779 or visit www.beginningexperience.org.

This program provides a bridge to emotional healing for children and adolescents confronting death, divorce or other painful family transition. It enables children grieving to share their feelings in an accepting, supportive environment. Call 800-266-3206 or 847-952-1770, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.rainbows.org.

Family Counseling Centers 
Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens offers a broad range of confidential mental health services throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Click here for more information, or call 718-722-6001 for Brooklyn or 718-726-9790 for Queens. Services include:

  • Adults & Children
  • Short-term & Long-term Counseling
  • Individual, Marital, Family & Group Counseling
  • Support Groups
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Medicaid, Medicare, most private insurance, sliding-scale fee

Divorced and Separated Catholics
Click here for more resources and information.


Diocese of Buffalo

The DivorceLINK Ministry Program is currently being restructured.  Call the Office of Family Life Ministries at 716 847-2210 for a Divorce Packet and/or a Parenting Packet

  • Divorce Packet:  This is for a person who is newly separated or divorced.  The contents of this    packet is designed to provide resources, information and support that are practical and able to be used immediately.  For more information or to receive a packet, call your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716 847-2210.
  • PARENTING PACKET II:  This is designed for those parents who are separated or divorced.  Focuses on positive ways to co-parent well in order to help children of all ages from birth through teens who are profoundly affected by their parents' divorce and deal with the pain and upheaval in their lives.  Includes practical items for teens, a variety of communication and skill-building techniques and lots more.  Both single parents can utilize these resources.  The more this is implemented mutually, the more healthy the family.  To receive this packet call your Office of Family Life Ministries at 716 847-2210. 

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Church's Teachings Regarding Separated and Divorced Catholics

 ANNULMENT COMPANIONS provide the extra support people need while going through a process that can be filled with questions, doubts, fears, anger, emotional uncertainty and heartache. Referrals provided. Contact Barbara Wyse  at 716 633-7786 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ANNULMENT WRITING WORKSHOP: Help with annulment papers? Facilitators, knowledgeable in the Marriage Tribunal Process leading to a Church Annulment, are available to assist individuals to prepare the "paper work" necessary to begin the annulment procedures. So often just putting together the information needed can be overwhelming. This workshop will help ease the stress of putting together the necessary information. For more information or to register call Barb Wyse at 716 633-7786 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

CROSSROADS: Crossroads is a Catholic Community of single adults, forty years and older, seeking to share diversified spiritual and social needs and blessings. Anyone interested in knowing more about this organization, membership information, to receive a news letter, or general questions. please call Sharon at 716-693-5923, or Bob at 716-812-6995 or 716-684-7662.

On August 17, 2017 Crossroads hosted a Summer Social at Gregor's Grove on Clinton St. which was a success.  Cost was $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.  For information about future events, please call Sharon at 716-693-5923.


Diocese of Ogdensburg

 Diocese of Ogdensburg Crest

Catholic Divorce Survival Guide

The Surviving Divorce Program offers support and healing for people who are separated or divorced. The groups meet once a week for 12 weeks. New groups are starting in

Massena and Watertown in late January, 2019 and Gouverneur in February.


Watertown: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30

St. Anthony’s Church


Massena: Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

St. Peter’s Parish


Gouverneur: Thursday, February 15, 2019, 6:30 to 8:30pm

St. James School


Free will donations will be accepted. 

For more information, please contact Steve Tartaglia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 315-393-2920.



Diocese of Rochester

Separated, Divorced, or Widowed Catholics

Beginning Experience (BE) is an international support program for divorced, separated and widowedindividuals and their families. It is a peer ministry intended to facilitate the resolution of the grief surrounding the breakup of a marriage/relationship and to promote healing.

BE of Rochester has been in existence for over twenty years. We offer a 10-week Rebuilding support group in Pittsford, healing weekends at the beautiful Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake and many other activities throughout the year.

Rebuilding Support Program

BE of Rochester sponsors a 10-week hope and healing program for those who are separated, divorced or widowed. The program is offered two to three times throughout the year. Weekly sessions follow the book, “Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends” by Dr. Bruce Fisher. For more information or to register call the BE information line at 585- 987-1750 or visit the BE website at www.beginningexperiencerochesterny.org.


The Weekend is designed to be a “Real Awakening”. It is a powerful experience of hope and support for moving on to the next stage of life. The Weekend is filled with your personal reflection. The dialogue is in small confidential groups, which are warm and supportive and tend toward a genuine community and real fellowship. You can anticipate a quiet and reflective Weekend. The leaders of the program and groups are divorced or widowed. The Weekend is designed to be a time of closure on the past and a new beginning in the present.

For more information and a Weekend Application visit the BE website at:


Or call our information line at 585-987-1750


Diocese of Rockville Centre

Divorced & Separated Support Groups - If you would like to inquire about the support groups or would like to speak to someone feel free to call Jason at 516-678-5800 ext. 236

Garden City -Divorced & Separated Catholics

St. Anne’s Parish 35 Dartmouth Street Garden City, NY 11530

Contact - Office of Faith Formation./Linda Leone - 516-488-1032

Meetings- 2nd Tuesday


New Hyde Park – Holy Spirit & Singles of New Hyde Park Holy Spirit Church 16 South 6th Street New Hyde Park, NY 11040 Parish # 516- 354-0349 Seaford, NY – Separation & Divorce Support Group St. William of the Abbot Church – Rectory basement 2000 Jackson Avenue Seaford, NY 11783 Contact – Rosemarie Cavallaro 516-528-0665/ Carol Milito 516-297-7035 beginningtoday20142gmail.com Meetings Friday's 7:30pm


Wantagh, NY – Divorced & Separated St. Frances de Chantal Parish 1309 Wantagh Ave # A Wantagh, NY 11793 Parish # - 516-785-2333 Contact – Ele Melendez 516- 785-2333 ext. 240 Updated 3/29/17 – Jason Velázquez


Diocese of Syracuse

Ongoing support groups:

Syracuse Area:

      Branch Out and Grow                                                                                                      Safe Harbor Surviving Divorce

 Bishop Ludden High School, Room 121                                                                            Immaculate Conception, Fayetteville, NY        

815 Fay Rd., Syracuse, NY                                                                                               Every other Thursday, 7-8:30 pm

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 7-8:30 pm                                                              For information call Patty at 315-761-9504

For more information call Robin at 315-436-1252

 Eastern Region - Utica/Rome:

     Good News Foundation

     10475 Cosby Manor Rd.

     Utica, NY

     Sundays, 5-6:30 pm

     For information, call Judy at 315-735-6210



Higher Ground is a group designed to create a caring, compassionate and supportive environment for men and women who have experienced divorce or separation and seek healing.

     Syracuse Area:                                                                                                         Southern Region - Greater Binghamton Area:

     Pope John XXIII Roman Catholic Church                                                                  Our Lady of Good Counsel, Endicott, NY

     8290 Soule Rd. Liverpool, NY 13090, 315-652-6591                                                2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 7-8:30 pm

     Amy Stevens, Facilitator                                                                                            For information call Angela at 607-239-8248 or

     Every other Monday 7-8 pm                                                                                      Joe at 607-748-9205 


 Other Resources

 Separated/Divorced Teams - If you would prefer to talk one-on-one:                          Step-Parent Issues

   +Southern Region: Kathy Colligan 607-748-4743                                                        Call Dean at 315-472-6754

   +St. Mary's/St. Bernadette's, Cleveland, NY

     Rectory: 315-675-3542 or Grace at 315-623-7229                                                     Begining Experience - Weekend experience for Divorced and Widowed

   +Syracuse area: Dean Brainard at 315-472-6754                                                        call Cindy at 315-363-2971


Separated But 

Would you and your spouse like to work it out?  Try 

Third Option every other Sunday

6:30-8:30 pm.  Call 315-472-6754



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