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Hearts And Lives Shattered By Divorce Can — And Do — Find Restoration

by Betsy Kerekes/Ruth Institute
Clash Daily Guest Column

Press Release:

April 24, 2018 (Lake Charles, LA) The Ruth Institute, a global non-profit organization, will bring their renowned Healing Family Breakdown Spiritual Workshop to Ann Arbor, MI, on May 19, 2018.

Did you know that about a million children have experienced the divorce of their parents every year since 1972?

Ruth Institute founder, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse said, “That’s over 45 million people of all ages, trying to act like nothing happened, but secretly wounded by the breakdown of their families. We developed the Healing Family Breakdown Spiritual Workshop to help people heal themselves and their families.”

The workshop will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be a Mass beforehand at 9 a.m. for those interested. The workshop is open to anyone of any faith, aged 16 and over. More information can be found at

“Do you know how many people have been divorced but wanted to stay married? Or who file for divorce and later regret it?” Dr. Morse asked. “Neither do we. No one has thought to ask these questions. These people are invisible in our society. We believe they have suffered enough.”

The Healing Family Breakdown Spiritual Workshop is a half day of short talks, guided meditation, prayer, and small group discussion that has changed lives across the country.

A college student who brought his mother to a workshop said, “This event was a miracle. It was the first time I heard my mom talk about her life in a positive way since my parents separated six years ago.”

Local organizers Barbara Grant-Yopko and Bridget Kowalczyk said, “We are bringing the Ruth Institute’s Healing Family Breakdown Spiritual Workshop to Ann Arbor because we want our friends and neighbors to understand they are not the only ones suffering from unwanted divorce and other forms of family breakdown. We want people to have hope.”

The Ruth Institute equips people to defend the family at home and in the public square.