Georgia Bulletin

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Divorced, separated Catholics invited to reflection April 23 

By SAMANTHA SMITH, Staff Writer | Published March 3, 2022

KENNESAW—A relatively new apostolate in the Archdiocese of Atlanta seeks to support separated and divorced Catholics.  

Witness to Marriage will host a reflection on Saturday, April 23, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Kennesaw.  

This event is for divorced or separated Catholics who were married in the church and received civil divorces or are living separately, but have not received declarations of nullity. 

Presenters include Father Daniel Ketter, JCL, judicial vicar for the Metropolitan Tribunal and Father Neil Dhabliwala, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena. The event is sponsored by the parish and the Office of Evangelization and Discipleship for the archdiocese. 

The ministry began in early 2019, with a morning reflection and small group discussions at the Chancery in Smyrna. Unfortunately, it lost its momentum due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

The April event will be another kickoff event for the ministry, said Patrick Metts, associate director for the Office of Evangelization and Discipleship. 

“When individuals experience separation or civil divorce they are left with many questions and challenges,” said Metts. “Witness to Marriage helps individuals navigate this difficult and challenging time in their life by answering questions and offering ongoing support and guidance.” 

Witness to Marriage also encourages people who are actively in the annulment process, said Bob Babecka, founder and lay leader of the apostolate. He approached the archdiocese about starting the ministry because of his own experiences—being married outside of the church for his first marriage and having his second marriage recognized by the church. 

“Our crosses in this life are opportunities to seek God’s will and to grow in holiness,” said Babecka. “Witness to Marriage and the archdiocese want to help people do that.”