Day for separated and divorced offers healing

By Jennika Baines
Sun Associate Editor

A day of renewal for the separated and divorced is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at Christ the King Retreat House in Syracuse.

“It’s a great opportunity for anybody at any stage of separation and divorce, whether they be just starting out or even further along, to really connect with people who understand their situation because they’re going through it themselves, and to really hear an inspiring message,” said Dean Brainard, an organizer of the event.

The day will feature a keynote talk by Father Michael Carmola and a number of workshops. Topics for the workshops include “Navigating the financial waters of divorce,” “The 14 traps of dating too soon,” “Will our children be ok?” and “The healing process of annulment” among others.

The workshops are intended to speak to the real issues facing those going through separation and divorce by featuring speakers who are experts in the area. For instance, the annulment workshop will feature a speaker from the diocesan marriage tribunal, and the financial workshop will feature a certified financial consultant.

“They’re going to come away with some real practical tools,” Brainard said.

But even beyond equipping those gathered with practical tools, the day is meant to inspire them to move forward in their life.

“It’s a great opportunity for fellowship. This is a great place to talk to people who have gone through the same thing you’re going through,” Brainard said. “And certainly anyone who has come to Christ the King knows that this is a gentle, relaxing and energizing place to go.”

The day’s theme is “Rivers in the Desert,” and the theme will carry through to the Southwestern luncheon that is included with the day.

Those who register before March 5 have a discounted rate of $45; those who register afterward can register for $50. Brainard said this fee includes everything for the day, and reduced-rates are available for those who are unable to pay the full fee. He also said that the event is not just for Catholics, but that all are welcome.

For more information, contact Brainard at (315) 472-6754 or write to him at This event has been sponsored by the Family Life Education Office for over 10 years. For more information on the event, visit

“We’re doing this because there are many people who are brokenhearted and they need help,” Brainard said, “and they need to know they’re not alone.”

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