Information Night: August 23, 2023 (details below)
12-Week Program Starting in September 2023!
Testimonials from Divorce Support Group Participants
Divorce Support Group Participant
“I felt like a deer in headlights, totally lost and devastated after making a decision to separate from my wife of 30 years. Michele looked into my eyes and I felt a connection with someone who was going to help me get through this........her loving heart shined through her eyes! I’m blessed to have met her".
Divorce Support Group Participant
"Michele, It's been a little over a year since my wife told me she wanted a divorce
and I went from a basket case to a man surrounded by some of the greatest people on earth.
Thank you for your ministry."
Divorce Support Group Member
Hi Michele, I just want you to know that I really think you help people. It is so important that people in pain have social contact with other people who care and understand. Like we have been taught in church, as disciples of Jesus we need to see Him in others. I love what you are doing. I truly believe Jesus is in it with you every step of the way!!!
PARISH-BASED SUPPORT GROUP
FOR SEPARATED AND DIVORCED CATHOLICS
12 WEEK SUPPORT GROUP
OFFERED IN MONMOUTH AND OCEAN COUNTIES
EVERY FALL AND SPRING
The program is called “Surviving Divorce: Hope and Healing for the Catholic Family”. It is a DVD series developed by Rose Sweet, a dynamic Catholic author and speaker who has developed this series to help Catholics and their families heal from divorce! We have been using her program since 2011. We have watched it helped hundreds of people, including us. As Facilitators, we have also attended a 12-week and benefited greatly from attendance. We wanted to pay it forward and bring it to you! Each one of us has been personally trained and certified to facilitate this program!
There are 12 DVDs, one for each week, which last approximately 30 minutes, and then we have open discussion on a variety of topics such as grief, anger, depression, forgiveness, dealing with your ex and your family, how to tell the children and help them cope, how to navigate the Court system, your finances and more.
Anyone that needs help in finding peace, power and healing from divorce, whether you are separated, considering divorce, or are already divorced, will discover how to work through emotions and pain, and experience personal healing and hope.
To find out if there is a group by you, or for any questions, email me, Michele Coppola Wilson, Director of Divorce Ministries at: email@example.com
Do you think you are being called to this ministry at your parish?
I was trained in 2019 by Rose Sweet herself, the author of the program, to train Facilitators!
Click here for my credentials!
Ongoing Sessions, call 201-753-8485 to schedule yours. One-on-one sessions available.
Meet the Team!
Monmouth and Ocean Counties
(growing and expanding throughout NJ)
Michele Coppola Wilson, Director/Trainer/Facilitator
Ray DeSibio, Co-Director/Facilitator
Rich DeGennaro, Monmouth Cty. Facilitator
Elaine Anzalone-Ward, Monmouth Cty. Facilitator
Janet Felice, Monmouth County Facilitator
Dave Scherr, Ocean County Facilitator
Pat Kologe, Ocean County Facilitator
Lori Daly, Ocean County Facilitator
If you've been through the 12-week program
and you want to be part of the Facilitator Team,
I can offer you a reduced cost training if you mention this site.
Email Michele at: firstname.lastname@example.org
MY ROLE IN DIVORCE MINISTRY
I attended a divorce program in 2009-2010 when I was going through my divorce. Then in 2011, I was asked to facilitate the program as a leader. Now I could take what was given to me and bring it to others; what a blessing this was! I received Facilitator Training at the Archdiocese of Newark and was introduced to a program called, "Surviving Divorce: Hope and Healing for the Catholic Family" At first, I found it quite daunting. I wanted to help, but I didn’t know how. My training through Janet McCormack, a wonderful kind soul at the Family Life Office in Newark, revealed to me that all I had to do “was set the table, and God would do the rest”. I discovered that just when I didn’t know how to help or what to say, the Holy Spirit would enter the room and I soon discovered that it wasn't me that brought healing, but rather it was through me that healing was possible. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20. We are the hands and feet and mouth and ears of God. In our meetings, I was blessed to witness the awesome presence of God while He met the participants "where they were" and helped them discover that within themselves were all the answers and the strength they needed to heal. I was graced to just watch! It has been truly been a great blessing in my life!
Having facilitated this program now since 2011, and becoming good friends with Rose Sweet, the author of the program, we decided I should be trained to be a Trainer so that I could teach other people to do what I do in my ministry. It is a dream of mine to be able to grow the ministry to other parishes. We now have a team of people that are bringing this program to their parishes, it is very exciting!
I am on fire with the Holy Spirit and hope to duplicate the success I have had with my divorce program so that others can bring it to the parishioners in their parishes. My goal is to spread support groups throughout New Jersey so that everyone can find a group for healing in their area!
To All the Brokenhearted Children of God: I don’t have all the answers, but I can promise you this. People will find support and healing in my ministry or in my business, no matter which route they take because I understand marriage difficulty and divorce. I also understand re-marriage and blending of families. I have a keen awareness of what a marriage needs to thrive and be successful, as I work on that in my own marriage every day. I have been through the tragedy of divorce and I have emerged on the other side. I have had to research what makes a marriage successful because I don’t want my second marriage to fail. I understand the pain and the conflict of divorce, having also been a child of divorce. I want…. no…..I need to help people, because it is what I am being called to do. I welcome this gift with boundless energy and hope. God is waiting in the quiet, empty spaces where people find themselves when they feel they are alone. They are not! God is there waiting. My programs and ministry are designed to help people find Him, themselves and peace. All they have to do is say: “Yes”!
IF YOU THINK YOU NEED INDIVIDUAL HELP, I AM OFFERING A REDUCED RATE FOR COACHING INDIVIDUALS IN NEED OF A DIVORCE RECOVERY SPECIALIST. Check under my "Services" and "Fees" page for more information.
LIFE CHANGE & TRANSITIONS IS A RESOURCE
FOR TROUBLED MARRIAGES AT THE DIOCESE OF TRENTON
"Through a discernment and reconciliation process, couples on the verge of divorce are encouraged to try one more time to save their marriage. The divorce process is often messy, always painful and many times filled with the regret that something more could have been done. When the mental or physical health of spouses or their children are at risk, divorce may be inevitable, but often with prayer, trust in God, perseverance and proper assistance, couples or individuals can find the path to save their marriage.
For more information on effective strategies and tools for a Catholic approach to, marriage reconciliation, visit
Diocese of Trenton; https://dioceseoftrenton.org/help-for-troubled-marriages