The Need

1,000,000 children a year experience their parents' divorce.1

2/3 of young adults who were regularly attending a church or synagogue at the time of their parents’ divorce say that no-one – neither from the clergy nor the congregation – reached out to them at that time.2

25% of Americans claim no formal religious identity, a crisis in part caused by children of divorce leaving their faith because they believed that the Church wasn’t listening or ministering to their wounds.3

40% greater chance of divorce by adult children of divorce,4 which is caused in part by unhealed wounds that may lead to beliefs and behaviors that harm relationships.

47% more likely to be currently cohabiting, compared to those who were raised in intact, married families,5 partially due to their unhealed fear of marital commitment and subsequent rejection.

And yet there are…

0 national Catholic programs and permanent diocesan ministries to spiritually heal the wounds of the now-adult children of divorce and separation in Catholic dioceses when we started our work.

4 dioceses now with permanent Recovering Origins Retreat teams started by the Life-Giving Wounds traveling retreat team.

193 dioceses to go since there are 197 dioceses in America! Help us reduce this number and spread this ministry!

Make a difference. Bring Life-Giving Wounds to your diocese or parish.


1 Paul Sullins, “The Tragedy of Divorce for Children” in Torn Asunder (2017), pg. 19.

2 Elizabeth Marquardt, Between Two Worlds, pg. 155, citing findings from her “National Survey on the Moral and Spiritual Lives of Children of Divorce”.

3 “How Decades of Divorce Helped Erode Religion” in the Washington Post citing the study “Exodus: Why Americans are Leaving Religion – and Why They’re Unlikely to Come Back” by the Public Religion Research Institute; Leora E. Lawton and Regina Bures, “Parental Divorce and the ‘Switching’ of Religious Identity” in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 40, no.1 (March 2011): 106.

4 Nicholas H. Wolfinger, Understanding the Divorce Cycle: The Children of Divorce in Their Own Marriages (2005), 74, and “More Evidence for Trends in the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce” in the journal Demography vol. 48, no.2 (May 2011): 581 - 92

5 W. Bradford Wilcox, “The Evolution of Divorce,” National Affairs I (2009): 87.

6 Richard P. Fitzgibbons, “Children of Divorce: Conflicts and Healing” in Torn Asunder (2017), pg. 60.