Divorced Catholics Healing Support

Deacon Walt Otey is available to visit your parish and facilitate a one day divorce healing seminar from
8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The one day seminar is an overview of the Journey of Hope program that utilizes the book Divorced. Catholic. Now What? Attendees will view DVD presentation
The Voices of Hope, and participate in small group discussion to guide
them through the struggles of divorce.

There is no charge to schedule a workshop at your parish. Books will be available for sale. Purchase not required for seminar.

Lunch and childcare arrangements should be made by hosting parish.


Contact Deacon Walt Otey at 865-388-0690 or wotey@shcknox.org 
to schedule a workshop or for divorce support information.

 Surviving the Holidays

Divorce makes the usually stressful and overactive holidays even more difficult:  If you’re separated or divorced, these top ten tips can help you unload the dread, anxiety, or loneliness for a time of inner peace, hope, and even a little joy. If you’re related to, or a friend of, someone who’s divorced, these will also help you help them!

You are NOT alone

There’s no such thing as “Catholic divorce” but the bad news is Catholics do civilly divorce. We’re here to help, and to encourage healing through the Sacraments where you’ll personally encounter Christ—with all His love and tender mercies. And that’s the REALLY good news.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Divorce & Beyond

St. John Neumann Family & Parish Life is partnering with the Diocesan Office of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment to offer Divorce Support. Divorce & Beyond is a support group for Catholic men and women who have experienced or are experiencing divorce. You will find a safe environment to explore the myriad of feelings that divorce brings. Join us as you experience hope and healing simply by listening and sharing experiences and insights with others. Divorce support helps you to understand what you are going through and learn from others who have gone through the same things. Divorce & Beyond will help to make divorce a growth experience.

We invite each one of you with a need for healing and help to move beyond separation and to participate in this 9-week Catholic-based program beginning Sunday, January 24 from 4:00-5:30 pm.  Meetings will be held at St. John Neumann parish.  Cost for supplies is $15.00. For more information, contact your facilitator, Mary Coffey at 865-966-3237 or email mccoffey86@gmail.com.  To register, contact Marilyn Derbyshire, Family & Parish Life Ministry Coordinator, at 865-777-4312 or mderbyshire@sjnknox.org.