Divorce Ministry


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Save your troubled marriage:

I earnestly call upon pastors and the whole community of the faithful to help the divorced and with solicitous care to make sure that they do not consider themselves as separated from the church for as baptized persons they can, and indeed must, share in her life.
- Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio

Divorce and Beyond 08/08 - 09-12, 2017

A Catholic based peer-ministry support group designed to help guide men and women through the process of divorce. The program explores the stress, anger, blame and guilt of divorce with the goal of leading participants toward ultimate forgiveness, happiness and growth. Sessions are scheduled at various locations and times throughout the archdiocese. For information on hosting a program at your parish please contact Deb VanVelse at 317-236-1586 or 1-800-382-9836, ext. 1586 or e-mail.

Divorce and Beyond is scheduled six consecutive Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. at the Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis beginning August 8 through September 12, 2017. The topics for discussion will be the process of divorce, self-image, stress, anger, blame, guilt, loneliness, and forgiveness. The cost of the six-week session is $30.00, which includes a book.

If the Indianapolis Archdiocese does not have a group in session, there are other opportunities for support.

Pathways to Healing, a Catholic Divorce Support Program, sponsored by the Lafayette Diocese is held at St. Theodore Guerin High School at different times throughout the year. For more information call Deacon Paul Lunsford at 317-514-5421. 

Divorce Care is a Christian based divorce support program. It is offered consistently throughout the United States. Most likely there is a group near you. Website


October 6 - 8, 2017

A Weekend Retreat for Separated and Divorced Catholics

An annual retreat open to all faiths held at Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a participant, you are invited to relax as you journey with others, listening to their stories and exploring a common loss. The program will help deepen your understanding of the healing process and increase your sense of belonging as well as help you discover and affirm that God is with you in your struggles and in your hope.

Please contact Deb VanVelse at 317-236-1586, 800-382-9836 (ext. 1586), or dvanvelse@archindy.org for additional information.

Annulment Information and Support


A general information session regarding the annulment process will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.  This interactive meeting is designed to answer your questions.  Presenters include Fr. Joseph Newton, Judicial Vicar, Joe Gehret, Advocate, and Judge Instructors Ann Tully and Nancy Thompson.

Why is an annulment necessary? What are the grounds for an annulment? What are the procedures?

The evening is hosted by the Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Assembly Hall.  There is no cost and registration is not required.

For more information contact Deb VanVelse at (317) 236-1586, or 1-800-382-9836, ext. 1586 or by e-mail.


Fr. Paul Koetter, pastor at Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, and two Field Associates of the Tribunal meet six times per year at various locations. This is an ongoing group open to everyone in the Indianapolis Archdiocese seeking an annulment. If you need help getting started or have questions after filing, this group offers ongoing support and the opportunity to have your questions answered. For meeting dates or more information, please e-mail Fr. Paul.

Annual Family Mass and Social

Mass of Special Intention followed by a social for individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by separation or divorce hosted by Divorce Ministry Leadership. For information please contact Deb VanVelse at (317)236-1586 or 1-800-382-9836.

Annual Reunion for All Past Divorce Support Participants

Held in January each year - at Meridian Woods Park Country Club, 6760 Yellowstone Parkway, Indianapolis, IN 46217

This informal, no-agenda, gathering offers an opportunity to reunite with friends you have met through divorce ministry and to meet others, who have been through a program.   God blesses us in our recovery journeys; sometimes those blessings come to us in the friendships we make. If you know someone who needs support in divorce recovery, please invite him or her to join us.

What to expect?? FOOD, FELLOWSHIP, AND FUN



  • Catholic Divorce Ministry - CDM.

  • Receive Daily Inspiration and Free Online Workshops- Divorced Catholic

  • National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers - NACFLM

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