LGW Arlington

Life-Giving Wounds: Ministry for Adult Children of Divorce

Welcome to the Arlington Chapter of Life-Giving Wounds. It is good that you are here. Dealing with our parents' divorce is not easy, but confronting this wound with faith can allow us to find great healing. We hope that you will become part of our supportive community and receive the many graces available through this ministry.

Healing Retreat

Attending the three-day retreat is a great way to start this journey of healing. The retreat focuses on discovering our identity as children of God, although it also focuses on overcoming the effects of parental divorce, forgiving our parents, and connecting with others from this background. The weekend includes presentations, small group sharing, adoration, spiritual direction, and Mass. This three-day retreat is the centerpiece of this ministry.

The 2024 Arlington retreat will take place from Friday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. 15, 2024 at San Damiano Retreat Center in White Post, Virginia.

Cost: $375.00 through August 14, 2024
Late registration: $425.00 after August 14, 2024



CDA Live Stream Mass

Before registering, please be aware of the following:

  • You are certainly welcome to join us on retreat if you are not Catholic, but please be aware that the content of this retreat will be heavily Catholic. 
  • A team of presenters will speak about this wound and its effects, and there will be moments for you to share your experiences with others in small groups.
  • Healing retreats pair well with counseling and/or spiritual direction. If you are not already working through this wound with someone, we would encourage you to consider it. If you would like a recommendation, please give us a call.

If you are unable to attend the retreat in Arlington, please visit the Life-Giving Wounds national website for retreats and resources in other cities/states: www.lifegivingwounds.org.

For inquiries, please contact (703) 841-2550 or email familylife@arlingtondiocese.org

On-Going Support

Once or twice a year, we offer a free support group or book club to provide on-going help for adult children of divorce. Previous book clubs read through Between Two Worlds, by Elizabeth Marquardt, Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak, edited by Leila Miller, Torn Asunder: Children, the Myth of the Good Divorce, and the Recovery of Origins, edited by Margaret McCarthy, and Life-Giving Wounds: A Catholic Guide to Healing for Adult Children of Divorce or Separation, by Dr. Daniel and Bethany Meola.

If you would like to lead a book club for adult children of divorce, please download this ACOD Book Club Study Guide which we created as a resource for you. 

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Further Reading

Please follow the links below for further reading. The first document is a list of books and podcasts which are more specific to the wound of parental divorce. The second is a list of more general spiritual writings which will be just as helpful in your journey.

Reading List for Adult Children of Divorce

Spiritual Writings for Adult Children of Divorce