In need of support after Separation or Divorce?

Separation or divorce is never part of the plan. Even when necessary, separation or divorce carries complicated emotions and is often accompanied by immense grief and pain. Please know that you are not alone. The Diocese of San Diego offers support, encouragement, and resources as you pass through this difficult transition to a new life with hope and healing.

Support Groups (English or Spanish)

Support groups are offered in the Diocese of San Diego. The purpose of these peer-led groups is to provide pastoral care to separated or divorced Catholics (and non-Catholics) by helping them to grieve their loss in a healthy way and move forward with hope. The meetings are typically held weekly for a designated amount of time. For information regarding current support groups or upcoming opportunities, please contact Janelle Peregoy at or (858) 490-8292.

Beginning Experience

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.

  • Helps grieving persons focus on their experience and emerge from the darkness of grief into the light of a new beginning.
  • 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.

For more information or to register for a weekend, please see Beginning Experience San Diego.

Upcoming Retreats

– October 11-13, 2024

Coping with Life Alone

Coping with Life Alone in the Beginning is a unique one-day retreat experience for those grieving the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation. It is a day filled with listening & sharing, spiritual companionship and reflection. Guided by the Holy Spirit and accompanied by peer facilitators, this retreat helps promote self-awareness during one’s own healing journey.

July 27, 2024
9 AM — 4 PM
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church

Therapy and Mental Health Resources

Seeking help is a sign of courage and strength. The Diocesan Office for Family Life & Spirituality maintains a local referral network of licensed therapists who are adept at integrating their clients’ Catholic faith and spirituality into their practice. Please contact our office for referrals.

San Diego Catholic Adult Community

The mission of the San Diego Catholic Adult Community is to provide members with opportunities, through spiritual, social, and service activities, to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ, develop wonderful friendships with fellow Catholics, and come to understand and live out their Catholic faith as active participants in their parish and the CAC community. To learn more about the San Diego Catholic Adult Community, visit their website at