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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!

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Archdiocese of Cincinnati





100 E. Eighth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Telephone: (513) 421-3131
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Family and Respect Life Office
Colleen Gerke, Director
100 E. Eighth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Telephone: 513-421-3131      FAX: 513-421-1582
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Office of Family and Respect Life, Dayton: Noreen Wendeln
1436 Needmore Rd., Dayton, OH 45414
Telephone: 937-222-0227      FAX: 937-279-9482
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Office of Family Life, Sydney: Joshua Danis
119 East Water St., Sidney, OH 45365
Telephone: 937-492-4449      FAX: 937-498-1193
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Separated and Divorced / Ministries of Care (Office of Family and Respect Life)
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The Family and Respect Life Office coordinates the Archdiocese's outreach to divorced and separated. The Separated and Divorced web page contains information on Retrouvaille, The Third Option, and Beginning Experience. The Separated and Divorced web page also used to link to a page with Support Group Information.  That link is no longer present but the Support Group Information page is still available, though its information may be outdated -- please verify.





Cincinnati — New Visions
The New Visions mission is helping those experiencing separation, divorce, or death of a spouse to heal and help cope with the stress of their loss.  It gives members an outlet for understanding their emotions and finding ways to grow and eventually restructure their lives which will eventually lead them to a wonderful new place.  Stop in on Monday?s at 7:00
P.M. at The Community of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249 and see if New Visions is right for you.  There are currently 50 active members who have become like family.  There are no fees to belong and you do not have to be Catholic.  For more information please contact Sandra.





Covington, KY — New Beginnings
In response to persons suffering the loss of a spouse due to divorce or separation, the Diocese of Covington offers the support of a faith-based community through New Beginnings, a ministry for separated, divorced, or widowed men and women. Check out what they offer and a list of group meeting dates or contact the diocese's Department of Catechesis and Formation.





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Diocese of Cleveland





1027 Superior Ave., Cincinnati, OH 44114
Telephone: 216-696-6525 or 800-869-6525      FAX:
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Department for Marriage & Family Ministry
7911 Detroit Rd., Cleveland, OH 44102
Telephone: 216-334-2978      FAX: 216-334-2976
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Ministry to the Separated and Divorced
Department for Marriage and Family Ministry
Carol Petro, LSW, Marriage & Family Ministry Specialist
Telephone: 216-334-2975      FAX: 216-334-2976
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The Diocese's Ministry to the Separated and Divorced web page lists a wealth of support services, including workshops and retreats, 8-10 week divorce recovery groups, ongoing support groups, and an excellent newsletter. Visit the web page for details.





Cleveland—Catholic Parishes of the Suburban West District and Catholic Charities each sponsor a number of eight- to ten-week Divorce Recovery Groups which meet at a variety of locations in the greater Cleveland area.  The groups are designed to give direction and support to Catholics recently separated or divorced.  All participants must pre-register for these sessions.  Brochures and registration forms are available.  Contact Gayle Cilimburg at 440-331-5372, or call Catholic Charities at 216-334-2975 for more information.





CARES—Catholic Recovery for the Separated and Divorced. The Catholic Parishes of Lake and Geauga Counties have joined together to provide help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce. It is their mission to make the presence of the Catholic Church a part of your journey toward recovery; to promote emotional and sacramental healing; foster support, independence, and empowerment.





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Diocese of Columbus





Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell, D.D., Ph.D., Bishop of Columbus





Chancery Office: 198 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215-3702
Telephone: 614-224-2251
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Marriage and Family Life Office
Dan Thimons, Director
197 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215-3299
Telephone: 614-241-2560
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Separated & Divorced Catholics of Columbus & Central Ohio is a pastoral community formed specifically to help reach out to those Catholics who don't want to see their faith go the way of their marriage.  It's purpose is to provide love, support, guidance, and healing--by other Catholics who have experienced it themselves and have faced similar challenges.  Visit the website for information about their programs and gatherings.





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Diocese of Steubenville





422 Washington St., PO Box 969, Steubenville, OH 43952
Telephone: (740) 282-3631      FAX: (740) 282-3327
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Office of Christian Formation
Sister Mary Ann Corr, S.C.,Ed. D. Director
422 Washington St., PO Box 969, Steubenville, OH 43952
Telephone: (740) 282-3631      FAX: (740) 282-3327
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Sorry, this section is still under construction.





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Diocese of Toledo





Catholic Center
1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604-5360
Telephone: 419-244-6711 or 800-926-8277 (OH only)      FAX: 419-244-4791
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Family Life Ministry, Catholic Charities
1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604-5360
Deacon Timothy W. Etue, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 419-244-6711 x404     FAX: 419-244-4860





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The Family Life Office provides the following programs: Cana II, divorced/separated ministry, family spirituality, leadership in family ministry training, marriage enrichment/marriage preparation, natural family planning. Please contact the office for more information.





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Diocese of Youngstown





144 W. Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503
Telephone: (330) 744-8451      FAX: (330) 742-6448
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Office of Pro-Life, Marriage & Family Ministry
Melinda Knight, Director
144 W. Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503-1030
Telephone: (330) 744-8451 x289      FAX: (330) 744-2848
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Canton—New Life Ministries of Ohio.   New Life Ministry's sessions deal with the cycle of grief and emotions experienced in the divorce and separation process. They also deal with the spirituality of God's never ending love, His strength and the power of prayer. New Life Ministry is sponsored by St. Barbara's Parish of Massillon and hosted by St. Michael's Parish of Canton, Ohio. You must be pre-registered. Two classes are given per year.  For more information, including an application and contact info, please visit the New Life website.




Poland—Holy Family Separated and Divorced Group. Meetings are held at 7:00 P.M. on the first and third Monday of every month at Holy Family Parish, 2729 Center Rd., Poland, OH 44514. For more information please call the parish at (330) 757-1545.





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