Saints Peter and Paul’s Divorce Rebuilders Group is an Orthodox ministry that offers support, guidance, and hope to those who are separated and divorced.  For the last nine years, Divorce Rebuilders has addressed the contemporary needs of Orthodox Christians by offering them a place to process the many aspects of the divorce experience through instruction, guidance, and support.

The SS Peter and Paul Divorce Rebuilders Group is based on evidence based counseling practices that equips participants with understandings, skills, and tools to help them rebuild from divorce.  New insights and perspectives help you create new understandings towards developing new personal, relational, and spiritual goals in your life.

Group session activities are grounded in psychoeducational and faith based principles and references.  One group session is led by the parish priest.  An important program component includes opportunities to socialize with other group participants.

Examples of topics covered in the series are as follows:

  • Components of the divorce experience
  • The grieving process and one’s journey toward recovery
  • Gaining clarity in one’s experiences
  • Identifying work to be done towards personal growth
  • Necessary endings and new beginnings; becoming anew
  • Combating loneliness and negative self-talk
  • Steps and strategies for rebuilding and personal growth
  • The role spiritual growth plays in healing, hope, personal growth, and rebuilding

The Divorce Rebuilders program has achieved a 100% success rate as evaluated by over 70 participants since its inception.  Participants have indicated a closer connection to their Orthodox faith and church along with new goals, self-awareness, and spiritual and personal growth.  Participants may repeat the program as many times as desired.

Divorce Rebuilders sessions are held twice a year starting in early October and February every year in designated Greek Orthodox church locations in the Chicago area.  There is no cost for these sessions.  This program is open to Orthodox and non-Orthodox.  For more information and to enroll in this program please e-mail: mariaharduvel@aol.com and please notate as the subject: DIVORCE REBUILDERS.

Chairperson: Maria Boyle