Divorced Catholics Healing Support

Support for those faced with divorce

St. John Neumann Family & Parish Life is collaborating with the Diocesan Office of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment to offer support for those facing divorce. 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. Divorce & Beyond will help you to find hope and healing simply by listening and sharing experiences and insights with others. Divorce & Beyond helps you to understand what you are going through and learn from others as you journey alongside those who have gone through similar things.

We invite those in need of healing and help to move beyond separation to participate in this 9-week Catholic-based program beginning Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 4:00-5:30 pm.

Meetings held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church
633 St John Ct, Knoxville, TN 37934

Cost for supplies is $15.00.

Pre-registration required by January 6, 2020

To register, contact Marilyn Derbyshire, Family & Parish Life Ministry Coordinator at (865) 777-4312 or mderbyshire@sjnknox.org

For more information, contact facilitator, Mary Coffey at (865) 966-3237 or mccoffey86@gmail.com


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