Beginning Experience
San Jose

For the divorced, separated or widowed in the Bay Area, covering San Jose, San Francisco and the nearby areas.

Beginning Experience is a peer ministry that provides support for people who are divorced, separated, or widowed. The purpose of the ministry is to facilitate the resolution of the grief from the end of a marriage or relationship, and to promote healing.

Are you grieving the loss of a spouse through separation, divorce, or death?
Are you having trouble accepting that you no longer have a partner?
Do you have some unresolved anger that you need to deal with?
Have you run out of friends or family members to whom you can tell your story?
Do you wish you could just move on?

Give yourself    . . .     a weekend away for a lifetime of change.

The San Jose Beginning Experience team is under the guidance of the San Jose Diocese and serves the counties of

The next Beginning Experience Weekends sponsored by the San Jose team will be:

The Weekends will be conducted at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos.

To receive a brochure with more information, including an application form for the next weekend, please send your mailing address to: 

The program was designed by and for Catholics, but it is open to persons of all faiths.

The Beginning Experience Weekend is designed to be a time of closure on the past and renewed hope for the future. Those who come should be beyond the initial feelings of anger and despair that usually follow the loss of a loved one. You should be at a point of wanting a new beginning and ready to work to make that desire a reality.