Experiencing the end of a marriage for any reason other than death is a pain that no one was ever meant to experience, yet in our broken world it often happens that two people realize that the vows they spoke can’t truly be fulfilled. When a married couple seeks and receives a divorce, the civil authorities declare that the marriage has ended. The Church, though, in the process of an annulment seeks to declare not that the marriage ended, but that the vows were not truly and completely given in the first place.
People seek annulments for many reasons. Some are looking to clarify their identity in the Church and to know a closer in their spiritual life after all that has happened. Others wish to marry again and rightly desire to do so in the context of their faith. Whatever the reason for beginning the process of an annulment, the hope of the Church is that it brings a healing to the life of the one seeking it, a time to examine and understand the past so that one can look to the future.
If you have experienced divorce, we encourage and invite you to call the parish office and arrange a meeting with one of the priests.