In need of support after Separation or Divorce?

Separation or divorce is never part of the plan. When you married, it was for life. But then the unthinkable happened. Separation or divorce, even when necessary, comes with immense grief and pain. But you need to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. The Church in the diocese of San Diego is here to provide support, guidance, and resources as you pass through this difficult time of transition to a new life with new hopes and opportunities.

Support Groups (English or Spanish)

Support groups are offered at various parishes in the Diocese of San Diego. The purpose of these groups is to provide pastoral care to separated/divorced Catholics (and non-Catholics) by helping them to grieve their loss in a healthy way and move forward with hope. The meetings are usually held weekly for a period of 10 – 13 weeks.

A variety of programs are currently in use in the parishes including:

  • Recovering From Divorce (a ministry from Divorced Catholic)
  • Beyond Divorce/El Divorcio y Más Allá (St. Mary’s Press)

To obtain further information about individual parish support groups, please scroll down to the section titled “Peer to Peer Support Groups”

Beginning Experience (English or Spanish)

Upcoming Workshop:

Beginning Experience ministry announces “Coping With Life Alone,” a retreat day for men and women coping with the loss of marriage through divorce, separation, or death. The program will be offered twice: Oct. 24 from 9am-5pm at St. Catherine Labouré (Clairemont), and Nov. 7 from 9 am-5pm at St. Mary Parish (Escondido). It is a day of guided reflection and sharing to encourage each participant on his or her own healing journey.  $20 fee. For registration or questions, call Vicki at (858) 748-2273, or Sharon at (619) 884-7974, or COVID-19 precautions will be followed.

Visit Beginning Experience or contact for more information.  To get to know some of the leaders of Beginning Experience SD, watch the May 29 webisode of Family Live Friday.                                     


Seeking help is not a sign of weakness but rather a sign of courage and strength. Don’t wait until the hurt and mistrust have grown out of control.
You can locate therapists or mental help professionals from our region who understand and respect the religious beliefs and values of their Catholic clients at:

Peer to Peer Support Groups

For more information regarding any support groups, please email Janelle Peregoy at


Ricardo J. Marquez, Ph.D
Associate Director
Phone: (858) 490-8295
rmarquezEmail at
Janelle Peregoy, M.Div.
Associate Director, Separated & Divorced Ministry
Phone: (858) 490-8292
JPeregoyEmail at
Dcn. Bill Adsit
Volunteer Mental Health Ministry Coordinator
Phone: (858) 490-8299
wadsitEmail at
Nora Mendez
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (858) 490-8299
nmendezEmail at