Rose is a leading expert in the pastoral issues surrounding separation, divorce, Catholic annulment, remarriage, and blended families. After surviving the pain and shame of civil divorce herself, she’s ministered to the divorced and remarried for over twenty years. During that time she’s authored numerous books on the subject and created the landmark “Catholic’s DIVORCE SURVIVAL Guide” DVD series used in hundreds of parishes across the US, Canada, and other countries. She works with diocesan tribunals in advocating for Catholics in their “annulment” (Decree of Nullity) and has authored an easy-to-read book that can help all parties in the process. Rose offers practical reality with her characteristic heart and even much-needed humor. Whether to inform a general audience or to focus on specific divorce-annulment issues, her talks stand alone or can be combined to create a longer event.
This warm and uplifting event is less about the daily details of your life–or the devastation of your divorce–than it is a special time to draw close to Our Lord. Drawing from the story of the Samaritan woman who encounters Christ at Jacob’s well, this event recognizes that after divorce people are much more aware of the deep thirst that needs quenching … particularly in all their relationships. To get to core issues, the weekend helps you go deeper into the interior life by asking:
Will I ever fully heal from divorce? What makes me happy and why does it elude me at times? Who is Christ to me? What does he have to say to me? How does he love me? What does he offer me? Do I really believe him? What holds me back from receiving his living water in the daily details of my life? and, on a practical level, HOW DO I INCORPORATE ALL THIS INTO MY RELATIONSHIPS?
Included in the weekend is a fun welcome and introduction, talks, helpful exercises, small group breakouts, quiet time for reflection, meals, a full-length movie, and more. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is made available and the event ends with Mass. Sessions include: The Way of Desire * The Way of the Bride *The Way of the Bridegroom * The Way of the Rabbi * The Way of the Cross
Available as: Day of Reflection (Saturday) followed by Mass OR Friday Night/Saturday with Vigil Mass OR Friday – Sunday Weekend Retreat OR Three Day Mission
Contact Rose to schedule this event.
DVD Parish Program
With Support and Leader Training
Working with program distributor, Ascension Press, Rose offers FOUR stand-alone events that can be combined to help a parish or diocese roll out this landmark divorce healing series (The Catholic’s DIVORCE SURVIVAL Guide).
Clergy or Seminarian Training Workshop 3 hours
This presentation is designed for clergy, religious, and laity who minster to the divorced on any level and includes: how to be pastorally sensitive and still uphold the truth, what the separated or divorced person really wants from you, what never to say to the separated or divorced, how to explain basic Church teachings on marriage/ divorce/ annulment/ remarriage so people can UNDERSTAND, pitfalls to avoid, and more. Includes a summary of the program mechanics, how to get the program running smoothly, and support for finding and training parish leaders.
Advocate PASTORAL Training 4 hours
Most dioceses train their Advocates in Canon Law, understanding grounds, and procedure but don’t adequately address the parties’ emotional, educational, and evangelistic needs. This process can be confusing and even grueling to some, but is also an opportunity to minster to the heart and soul of the wounded. A chance to practice ALL SEVEN of the spiritual works of mercy, offer love and friendship, and call the person to deeper personal conversion. Emotional outbursts, fear and reticence, angry questions? Worry no more. Rose shows you the true “logic of pastoral care.”
Parish Group Leader Training Day 6 hours
Based on twenty-five years of facilitating small divorce healing groups at the parish level, Rose packs the day full with practical information on planning, starting, and running the CDSG program. She brings best practices to those who want to lead or those who are already ministering to the divorced. The day offers insight into people’s deepest desires, their temperaments, how to handle the tough topics, managing group dynamics, etiquette, confidentiality, trouble-shooting, avoiding pitfalls, and promoting the group diocese wide. Includes expanded discussion on understanding and explaining a Catholic Decree of Nullity.
Come and Ask! An Evening on Divorce, Annulment, and Remarriage 2-3 hours
In addition to working with divorced and remarried couples, Rose has personal experience as a first wife, second wife, and stepmother. She brings her best practical wisdom with warmth and wit, letting the separated or divorced person know they are loved, that the Church is here, help is available, and there is hope. Whether it’s about forgiveness, loneliness, anger, depression, annulment, remarriage and reception of Sacraments ( or other Church teachings on sexual and relationship morality ) Rose clearly draws on her experience as a lay advocate, Scripture, the Catechism, and Theology of the Body for answers that satisfy intellectually and emotionally. Includes open time for Q & A.
Contact Tara Cabral (Events Manager) at 317-603-6199 to schedule these events.