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Suzanne M. Carr
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Resources are organized by diocese. Diocesan offices responsible for ministry to divorced and separated are listed, if known. You may navigate to your diocese or elsewhere on this page with the links below. Complete accuracy is a rarely attainable goal! Please check with the contacts provided. If you are aware of additional resources, changes, or errors please contact the NACSDC Central Office. We intend to add additional content as the development of our web site continues. Please visit often!

Archdiocese of MiamiDiocese of OrlandoDiocese of Palm BeachDiocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Diocese of St. AugustineDiocese of St. PetersburgDiocese of Venice





Archdiocese of Miami





Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami





Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy Pastoral Center
9401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL 33138-2970
Dade: 305-757-6241      Broward: 954-525-5157      FAX: 305-754-1797
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Family Life Ministry
Family Enrichment Center, 9401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL 33138
Office (Dade): 305-762-1148      Office (Broward): 954-525-5157 ext. 1140
Office FAX: 305-762-1144
Lucia Baez Luzondo, Director, 305-762-1157
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Family Life: Divorce / Widow
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Support Services:





The Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of Miami sponsors a Wellspring Experience retreat, a two night, three day retreat for people dealing with significant loss with primary focus given to the divorce experience.  No other mention of divorced/separated ministry is found on the diocesan website.  For details or more information please visit the Divorce/Widow web page or contact Family Life Ministry.





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Diocese of Orlando





Most Reverend John G. Noonan, Bishop of Orlando





Physical Address: 421 E. Robinson, Orlando, FL 32801
Mailing Address: PO Box 1800, Orlando, FL 32802-1800
Telephone: 407-246-4800      FAX: 407-246-4942
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Office of Family Life and Pastoral Care
Gigi Santiago, Co-Manager, 407-246-4881
Digna Montañez, Co-Manager, 407-246-4882
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Ministry to Separated and Divorced
Family Life Office
Digna L. Montañez, Co-Manager of Family Life and Pastoral Care, 407-246-4882
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Support Services:





The Diocese of Orlando Family Life Office is very active in, and very supportive of, ministry to the divorced and separated.  They provide a wealth of support services, described on the Ministry to Separated and Divorced webpage.  You can also download the latest issue of Solo Flight, a newsletter for Christian singles.  For the most complete and up-to-date information on these programs and others, please visit them on the web or contact Digna Montañez in the Family Life Office.





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Diocese of Palm Beach





Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach





Physical Address: 9995 N. Military Tr., Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Mailing Address: PO Box 109650, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-9650
Telephone: 561-775-9500      FAX: 561-775-9556
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Marriage and Family Life Ministry
Janice Petersen Minshew MSW, Family Life and Engaged Encounter Coordinator
Telephone: 561-775-9557
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Healing (Ministry to Divorced & Separated)
Marriage and Family Life
Janice Petersen Minshew MSW, Coordinator
Telephone: 561-775-9557
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Support Services:





Marriage and Family Life's Healing web page provides information on healing, Retrouvaille, support groups, and more.  Please visit the web page or contact Family Life for more information.





Boca Raton—St. Joan of Arc St. Joan of Arc's Support and Outreach Ministries offers a 13-week DivorceCare support group twice a year.  Call Rosemarie at 447-4200 for information.





North Palm Beach—St. Paul of the Cross This support group provides intensive caring for those recently separated or divorced.  They meet every Monday evening at 7:30 pm in the Kaffeehaus.  Meetings with a speaker or related subject take place on the 2nd Monday of each month.  For more information please contact the Parish Office at 561-626-1873.





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Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee





Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee





Pastoral Ceter: 11 N. B St., Pensacola, FL 32502
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 13284, Pensacola, FL 32591-3284
Telephone: 850.435.3500      FAX: 850.436.6424
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Marriage and Family Life Office
Location: 11 N. B St., Pensacola, FL 32522
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 13284, Pensacola, FL 32591-3284
Sr. Beth Butler, MSBT, Director
Telphone: 850-435-3553      FAX: 850-436-6424
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Support Services:





The diocese offers To Trust Again, a one day 2nd Marriage program, but otherwise does not mention ministry to separated and divorced.  Please contact the Marriage and Family Life Office for more information.





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Diocese of St. Augustine





Bishop Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of St. Augustine





Catholic Center:
Physical Address: 11625 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, FL
Mailing Address: PO Box 24000, Jacksonville, FL 32241-4000
Telephone: 904-262-3200      FAX: 904-262-0698
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Diocesan Center for Family Life
2577 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204-4554
Telephone: 904-308-7474      FAX 904-308-4087
Michael Day, Director
Deacon Larry Geinosky, Coordinator, Marriage and Family Life
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Consultant for the Separated and Divorced
Rev. Anthony P. Palazzolo, M.S., M.A.
Diocesan Center for Family Life
2577 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204-4554
Telephone: 904-308-7474      FAX 904-308-4087
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Healing and Growth Ministry, Catholic Charities Bureau
Gainesville Regional Office: 1717 NE 9th Street, Gainesville, FL 32609
Telephone: 352-372-0294      FAX 352-371-3157
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Support Services:




Jacksonville and surrounding areaThe Diocesan Center for Family Life offers a wealth of support services and maintains a list of support group ministries within the diocese. Please visit the separated and divorced web page for up-to-date information.





It's Just FunA new ministry of the Diocese of St. Augustine, IJF is targeting single Christian men and women age 35+ from around Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. The term single can indicate never married, divorced, widowed or separated. This program is for people who are interested in meeting new faith-based people and having a great time at a variety of activities. Visit the IJF website for details on the latest events.





Jacksonville—Holy Spirit Catholic Church A new support group will be starting after Lent 2011. For more information email Bill McCoy.





Jacksonville—Holy Family Parish Support group meetings are held every Friday from 7–9 P.M. at Holy Family Parish, 9800 Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville. For more information call Pat Nelms at (904) 230-0110.





Gainesville—Healing and Growth Ministry This ministry of Catholic Charities offers the following three programs: Divorced, Separated and Widowed Group—The purpose of this group is to provide help in getting through the original pain and confusion that comes with the loss. The group meets twice monthly during the school year; Healing and Growth Workshop—This workshop concept is presented at two levels. Level I is a series of nine weekly meetings offered in the spring and fall. Level II is designed for those who have recovered from the original trauma and now are interested in furthering their personal growth process; Rainbow Program—This program is available to children and adolescents to help them work through the pain of separation or divorce. Groups are formed according to age and meet during the spring and fall. Participants learn to recognize good or bad feelings and how to deal with anger regarding the loss or division from another. For more information contact Catholic Charities.





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Diocese of St. Petersburg





Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg





Pastoral Center:
Physical Address: 6363 9th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Mailing Address: PO Box 40200, St. Petersburg, FL 33743-0200
Telephone: 727-344-1611      FAX: 727-345-2143
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Office of Marriage and Family Ministries
Pastoral Center:
Physical Address: 6363 9th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Mailing Address: PO Box 40200, St. Petersburg, FL 33743-0200
Telephone: 727-341-6847     
Debbie Alexander, Coordinator
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Support Services:





The Office of Marriage and Family Ministries provides support and referral for divorce care, and supports Remarriage Workshops and Retrouvaille weekends for troubled marriages.  Please contact the Office of Marriage and Family Ministries for more information.





Tampa—St. Paul Catholic Church The Divorced and Separated Group provides caring support for both men and women experiencing separation or divorce.  Meetings are held every Friday night at 7:30 P.M.  Contact: Don Hemke at 205-1735.





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Diocese of Venice





Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of Venice





Catholic Center:
Physical Address: 1000 Pinebrook Rd., Venice, FL 34285
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2006, Venice, FL 34284-2006
Telephone: 941-484-9543      FAX: 941-484-1121
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Office of Evangelization
Catholic Center:
Physical Address: 1000 Pinebrook Rd., Venice, FL 34285
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2006, Venice, FL 34284-2006
Telephone: (941) 484-9543      FAX: (941) 484-1121
Eric Sammons, Director
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Divorced and Separated Catholics
(Office of Evangelization)
Angela Exner, Family Life Coordinator
Betty Karsokas, Coordinator
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Support Services:





From the Divorced and Separated Catholics web page: "The outreach to Separated and Divorced Catholics in the Diocese of Venice is intentionally designed to provide a sense of belonging (both as valued and needed members of the Church). As a peer ministry, it will provide compassion and understanding to those encountering the grief and trauma of separation and divorce, single parent challenges and issues, and clarification of Church teachings on divorce and annulment. This ministry also serves as an outreach to separated and divorced Catholics, who through some misunderstandings and/or past experiences, are not presently active participants in the Catholic community."  Contact Divorced and Separated Catholics for information on events and activities.





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