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 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.

Current programs being used in the parishes include:

  • 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

Upcoming Weekend Retreat:

We invite men and women grieving through the loss of marriage through divorce, separation, or death to join us for an upcoming retreat weekend (October 7-9, 2022) at Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside. This peer-led weekend retreat offers guided reflection and sharing to encourage each participant on his or her own healing journey.  For questions or to register, call Vicki at (858) 748-2273 or by email at

To get to know some of the leaders of Beginning Experience SD, watch the Beginning Experience webisode of Family Live Friday.                                     


Seeking help is a sign of courage and strength. Don’t wait until the hurt and mistrust have grown beyond control.
Licensed therapists and mental help professionals from our region who understand and respect the religious beliefs and values of their Catholic clients are available.

Peer to Peer Support Groups

For information regarding current support groups or upcoming opportunities, please contact Janelle Peregoy at or (858) 490-8292.

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


Ricardo J. Márquez, PhD
Associate Director
Phone: (858) 490-8295
rmarquezEmail at
Janelle Peregoy
Associate Director, Separated and Divorced Ministry
Phone: (858) 490-8292
JPeregoyEmail at
Belen M. Olivero-Barnett
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (858) 490-8299
boliveroEmail at
Deacon Bill Adsit
Mental Health Ministry Coordinator
Phone: (858) 490-8299
wadsitEmail at