Welcome to our special page for separated and divorced. We realize that if you are here, you are most probably either struggling with separation/divorce yourself or you are concerned about someone close to you and we are glad that you are reaching out. First, separation or divorce does not change a person’s status in the Church.  Separated or divorced persons are welcome to receive the sacraments.  The Eucharist can be a great comfort at this difficult time. Second, if you are hurting right now, please know that you are not alone. There are many others willing to walk this painful journey with you. We have a very active ministry to the separated/divorced and most cordially invite you to join us (or invite your loved ones to join us) for any or all of our groups and events and/or make use of our newsletter and other resources. We are here for you!


praying woman

Father we belong to You.
We place ourselves anew in your hands.
We acknowledge you as Master and Lord of our lives.
Grant us the gift of a forgiving heart.
Cleanse us of our anger, hostility, or revenge.
Heal our hurts.
Teach us to rely on your love.
Grant us wisdom of heart.
Strengthen us by your grace to move on in faith,
In trust, and in love.
Thank you, Lord, for your love in our lives.



To print flyer and registration form click here



Separated/divorced fall events flyer

To print flyer click here


For the Winter 2015 Newsletter click here

For the Summer 2015 Newsletter click here


Step-Parent Issues call (315)472-6754 X 5


For Q&A's about The Church and Divorce click here


Beginning Experience.....

a weekend experience for divorced and widowed. Call Dean for more information (315)472-6754 X5 or check out their website at http://www.beginningexperience.org/

Separated But...

you and your spouse would like to work it out? Try The Third Option. Click here for more information or call (315)472-6754 X6


booksClick here for a book list to help with the healing/recovery process!


Prayer for Healing



Support Groups

Syracuse Area

Branch Out and Grow

Diocesan Program: Wednesdays

Branch out and Grow

The mission of Branch Out and Grow is to provide a safe, welcoming, faith-based environment for separated and divorced adults to heal. The group experience includes instructional videos from re-known experts in the field as well as peer-based sharing. Branch Out and Grow is facilitated by a trained facilitator and is sponsored by the Syracuse Diocese.

Meeting Dates   

January 21st       Support group & video: “Facing My Anger”
February 4th      Support group & video: “Facing My Depression”
February 18th    Support group & video: “Facing My Loneliness”
March 4th          Support group & video:  “What Does the Owner’s Manual Say?”
March 18th       Support group & video:  “New Relationships”
April 1st           Support group & video:   “Financial Survival”
April 15th         Support group & video:   “Kid Care” 
May 6th            Support group & video:   “Single Sexuality”
May 20th          Support group & video:  “Forgiveness”
June 3rd           Support group & video:  “Reconciliation”
June 17th         Support group & video:  “Moving On Growing Closer to God”


Meetings are from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Bishop Ludden HS, 815 Fay Road, Syracuse.

Call Robin (315)436-1252 or email: Robinmcornish@gmail.com for more information


St. Joseph The Worker Church

1st Mondays - 6:30 - 8p.m.

1001 Tulip St. Liverpool, NY - corner of 6th Street

call (315)457-6060 for more information


“Healing HeartsGroup forming in Liverpool area,

If you are interested please Call Dean at 315.472.6754 ext. 5


Moving On

This group is for "those who have worked through the trauma of separation, divorce and widowhood and are ready to begin a new life".

2nd Mondays - 7:30 p.m.

1001 Tulip St. Suite 1, Liverpool, NY

call Diane (315)426-2880 for more information


"Safe Harbor"

Thursdays - 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Immaculate Conception, Fayetteville

October 2, 16, 30,

November 13,  

December 11

Call Patty Peters (315)761-9504 or email:
pattymcpeters@gmail.com for more information


If you prefer to talk one on one:

call Immaculate Heart of Mary, Liverpool @ (315)457-8060,

St. Mary's/St. Bernadette's, Cleveland - Rectory @ (315)675-3542,

Grace @ (315)623-7229

or Southern Region: Kathy Colligan (607) 748-4743

Step Parent Issues call Dean (315)472-6754 x5.

Utica/Rome Area

Good News Center

10475 Cosby Manor Road, Utica

What's Happening to Me?, Facing My Loneliness, What Does the Owner's Manual Say? New Relationships, Financial Survival, KidCare, Single Sexuality, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Moving On, Growing Closer to God

Gathering includes refreshments. Guests are always welcome to bring something to share!

Meetings are based on the program, DivorceCare, which features practical information, group discussion and video presentations by experts in the fields of separation and divorce

 *Discover that there are others who have the same kind of feelings you do—and who understand the hurt and pain you are going through. The group meets in a warm, caring environment designed to help you.
*You’ll discover there are people who understand your hurts, emotions and painful experiences! In divorce, it’s common to feel isolated. You’ll find that you are not alone, that there are others who understand what you are going through.

* You’ll learn helpful, practical information that will help you recover from your separation or divorce. 
* You’ll have the chance to talk about your experiences. It can be very healing to tell others what you are going through. The support group sessions include a time to talk about what is going on in your life. And while you have the opportunity to tell your story, there’s never pressure for you to do so if you don’t feel like it.
* You’ll discover hope for the future. While things may look bleak now, you’ll  learn ways to restore your hope and rebuild your life. 

Transform the chaos of separation and divorce into calmness by sharing with others in a support group.

Facilitator Christine H. will lead group meetings where a comfortable and supportive environment welcomes all who are rebuilding following separation or divorce.

This group meets twice monthly on the first and third Sunday of the month from 5pm - 6:30pm at The Good News Center, 10475 Cosby Manor Road, Utica.  

Call Roxanne 315-735-6210, email separated.divorced@thegoodnewscenter.org or check out their website www.goodnewsfoundation.org for more information; walk-ins welcome.   


Binghamtom Area

Support Group for Separated/Divorced

Higher Ground

looking over the falls

This group is designed to create a caring,compassionate and supportive environment for men and women who have experienced divorce or separation and seek healing. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday's of the month at Holy Family Parish Education Building, 3600 Phyllis St, Endwell, NY from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact: Patrick Carey (607) 972-7121 or Lauren Maisano (607)206-0427