Divorced Catholics

AT THE WELL (ATW) is a ministry of the Office of Family Life to separated and divorced Catholics that advocates for and encourages the spiritual, emotional and social recovery and development of those who are separated, divorced, or are Catholics in irregular marriages following a divorce.

For more information, click here.

Grieving Parents

The Office of Family Life offers evenings of reflection and retreats for grieving parents in collaboration with Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents. Parents who have lost a child, no matter how old the child is or how long ago they passed, are welcome to attend. The evenings of reflection include a spiritual reflection, a personal reflection from a grieving parent, and time for (optional) parent sharing.

Visit the Events section to find an upcoming retreat. A list of monthly one-hour mid-week gatherings can be found here.

For more information, please contact the Archdiocesan Office for Family Life at 301-853-4499 or [email protected].

End of Life Care

The Office of Life Issues offers information and resources on end-of-life care and advance care planning. Find more information here.


The Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Washington can investigate a former marriage to determine whether or not, at the time it was entered into, it lacked one or more characteristics that the Catholic Church considers essential for a valid marriage. For more information about annulments, click here.