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Need Some Extra Support?

Marriage is a long, winding, beautiful road. It may be bumpy at the start and you may run into unexpected challenges. It’s okay to ask for guidance.


Our In-House Marriage Support Team

We care about your marriage!  Please reach out to set up a meeting.

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Embrace the Grace:  
with Dolores Shipe

Embrace the Grace: Personalized Steps to a Thriving Marriage       

is facilitated by our Director of Married Life, Dolores Shipe, who has been working with married and engaged couples for over 20 years!


Dolores will guide you through 

insightful strategies to refresh your marriage. Embrace the Grace could be for you if:

  • You have been married for many years and just want to reconnect deeper with your spouse.     

  • You wish your marriage prep had been more helpful

  • You are silently suffering within your marriage

Please contact Dolores to set up a meeting.


Clinical Counseling
  with Ellen Wilson, LPC, NCC

Renew the 'I do' is thrilled to now offer individual and couples therapy with our new Director of Behavioral Health, Ellen Wilson, LPC, NCC.


Ellen's specialties include:  

  • Marriage growth

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Self-esteem

  • Grief and Transitions


The first two sessions are complimentary as part of our mission. We are confidential, HIPAA-compliant help.

Please contact Ellen to set up a private consultation, all with your spirit in mind.

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Soul Therapy
  with Fr. Jason Charron

Fr. Jason is a married Ukrainian Catholic priest. He and Halyna are blessed with 7 children and have been married for 22 years.


He believes the ancient prayers of the Church remind us that Jesus Christ is the physician of our soul and body--He desires us fully alive and happy.


Learn how to successfully overcome past wounds through the practical advice of the saints, the strength of the sacraments, and accountability in the spiritual disciplines. 

Fr. Jason will help reinvigorate your spiritual life, leading to a fully alive marriage.


Please contact Fr. Jason to arrange a private meeting.

RTID resources

Additional Support Services


Renew the 'I do'  Couples Mentoring 

Looking for some guidance from another couple with expertise in a specific area such as parenting, finances, conflict resolution, organic sex and more? Browse our list of RTID couples who can meet with you and your spouse to share experiences and offer guidance.  They are here to help!


Carla J. Sandy, MPA, LCSW  

Carla has been a resource for Renew the ‘I do’ couples for over five years. She helps those who suffer with emotional, relational, or spiritual pain.  She offers compassionate care that helps couples heal and gives them hope. 


Susan Petnuch
at Pittsburgh Doula Network

New and pregnant moms need love and support.  Susan has been a Doula working with women in many capacities for two decades. The network of experienced doulas are knowledgeable in newborn care, postpartum recovery, breast and bottle feeding, family support, and most importantly – Mothercare.  


Lawrence Badaczewski, LSW

Larry has helped several of our couples navigate their journey and has also spoken at local parishes on managing conflict and communication. Set up an appointment with Larry in his Cranberry Twp office on 215 Executive Drive (724) 776-5690

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Catie Clar
at Sleep Wise Consulting

When you work with Catie at Sleep Wise Consulting, you benefit from an entire team of experienced, well educated women who want to see your child -and you– succeed and sleep well.


Suggested External Programs and Resources

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Retrouvaille – A Lifeline for Married Couples 

This is a program to help couples heal and renew their hurting marriages.

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CatholicPsych Institute 

Their mission is to provide services and resources based on the integration of faithful Catholic anthropology with sound psychological science to help people become who God created them to be.

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Lifeline of Friends Listening

Bereavement Support Groups.  If the loss of a spouse, a close friend, or a child is weighing you down, it can be good to join a group...a group that understands...a group that can help you regain your footing and move forward. 

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Rachel's Vineyard
of Pittsburgh

Traditionally, the silent suffering of an abortion has been a well-kept secret. The unresolved grief and loss can weigh heavily on a person’s heart and well-being. Rachel’s Vineyard of Pittsburgh offers a weekend retreat to help women and men address the painful issues associated with abortion and find forgiveness, healing, and peace. 


Institute for Marital Healing 

The mission of the Institute for Marital Healing is growth in spousal self-knowledge and in the good habits that can strengthen Catholic marriages.

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Surviving Divorce 

There's no such thing as "Catholic divorce" but the bad news is Catholics do civilly divorce. We're here to help, and to encourage healing through the Sacraments where you'll personally encounter Christ—with all His love and tender mercies. And that's the REALLY good news.

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The Human Condition

This organization strives to cultivate hope, healing and conversation through the integration of faith and mental health. The Human Condition strives to rewrite the false narrative that spirituality and psychology are mutually exclusive. 


Recovering from Pornography Addiction

Porn addiction is a behavioral disorder where a person is emotionally dependent on pornography.  The disease is debilitating and interferes with a person’s relationships, responsibilities, and ability to function.

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Catholic Counselors 

Whether you want to create a more intimate and godly marriage, celebrate a more faithful and fulfilling family life, or discover the path to a more grace-filled personal life, the Catholic Counselors at Pastoral Solutions Institute can help strengthen and support you on your spiritual and emotional journey!

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Beginning Experience

Their purpose is to facilitate the grief resolution process for separated, divorced, and widowed persons, and children of these losses, thereby enabling them to again love themselves, others, and God. 


After Abortion Care

BREATHE'S healing groups and 1 to 1 mentoring sessions are a safe place to speak about your past.  If abortion is part of your story, we understand and can help. 


Recommended Books and Articles

Have a Question/Need Additional Support?

If you have any questions about the above resources or need more help getting a resource please email us at or complete the form below. 

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