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 Weekend:
May 2020
Prince of Peace Abbey, Oceanside

This weekend program is intended for those suffering the loss of a love relationship as widowed, divorced or separated, who are ready to come to terms with that loss and move forward with their lives. This weekend helps grieving persons focus on their experience and emerge from the darkness of grief into the light of a new beginning. The program offers an opportunity, through God, for turning the pain of loss into a basis for positive growth. Founded by a Catholic nun and rooted in the Christian tradition, the ministry’s open, inclusive spirit serves those of all faiths.


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

Our Fall support groups are currently in session.  Please check back soon about support groups beginning after the holidays.  For questions regarding support groups/grupos de apoyos, please email Janelle Peregoy at


Ricardo J. Marquez, Ph.D
Associate Director
Phone: (858) 490-8295
Janelle Peregoy
Associate Director, Separated & Divorced Ministry
Phone: (858) 490-8292
Nora Mendez
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (858) 490-8299