Divorce Recovery Group
The Divorce Recovery Group helps bring healing for those who are divorced or who have filed for divorce. The divorce process often brings about unexpected and unimaginable heartache, questions, and challenges. Often, there are too few people who want to talk with you about this pain or know what to say. Divorce Recovery was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. It is for those recently divorced, as well as those still struggling with issues many years later. Our mission is to help get you started and keep you going on the path to recovery, rebuilding, and renewal by providing information, resources, and encouragement while weaving together the strength that comes from our Catholic faith. It will help answer questions, restore hope, and begin authentic healing. More importantly, support groups offer a safe place where people can come together for mutual support and to learn their feelings are normal and they’re not alone.
Our 7-session program meets on Monday nights at Old St. Pat’s Jack Wall Mission Center over the course of 7 consecutive weeks throughout the year. Sessions include education, discussion, and prayer. Each meeting focuses on a different aspect of the divorce healing process such as grief, stress, anger, blame, guilt, loneliness, forgiveness, and happiness. Divorced men and women, Catholic or non-Catholic, are welcome to attend. The support group is facilitated by Desiree Misanko and Sarah Thompson, mental health counselors from the Claret Center in Hyde Park. The suggested donation of $20 includes 7 sessions and the book used for the program, Divorce and Beyond.
Jan 8th-Feb 19
March 5-April 23 (not Easter Monday)
May 7-June 25
You Are Not Alone: Divorce Support Group
Sometimes, no matter how much effort is expended, a marriage can’t be saved. In that sad event, Old St. Pat’s stands ready to support you to heal and recover, through our Divorce Support Group: You Are Not Alone.
This is a networking group for men and women who are separated or divorced. “You Are Not Alone” is a chance to talk with other men and women who are separated or divorced. This group meets to discuss topics of importance to those seeking to heal during and after one of life’s most difficult transitions. This is not a group of professional counselors, but a group of your peers who have been there and simply wish to listen and offer encouragement. This group meets every other Sunday, from 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Fr. Jack Wall Mission Center, Rm. 21, 711 W. Monroe, Chicago 60661.
For more information, please contact Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time: 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Fr. Jack Wall Mission Center, 711 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL – Room 21, second floor,
CONTACT: Debbie Romeo, email@example.com
Click here to read our latest Ministry Spotlight article on Debbie, and the amazing work she has done with the Divorce Support Group here at Old St. Pat’s.
Finding Grace and Mercy in the Divorce Experience
A Spiritual Day of Reflection and Contemplation
FUTURE DATES TBD
This is a spiritual retreat for those who have been or are in the process of being divorced.
Topics for contemplation:
- Presence – to self, others, and the experience
- Mercy and Forgiveness
- Surrender and Trust
Free parking across the street on Monroe w/pass from the front desk at 711 W. Monroe.
Cost: $25.00 (includes lunch)
Retreat Leader: Mary Kelly brings her experience as a spiritual director and retreat leader, and as someone who has navigated the spiritual journey of divorce. She holds graduate degrees in Psychology from National Louis University, in Spiritual Direction from Loyola University, and is a Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at National Louis University. Mary is an active member of Old St Pat’s Beloved Retreat Community and her passion is personal and professional life transition.