A Catholic Approach for Helping Children through Parental Separation or Divorce
Our Founder and President, Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski, MS, LGPC, knows the difficulties and grief experienced by children from divorced families because she has lived through them herself. Her parents separated when she was 11, then divorced five years later. And she now has over 30 years personal experience to share. No easy solutions, just good solid insights and lots of challenging questions to help hurting children make their way.
Lynn has a background in pastoral counseling, child development, and writing for children and young adults. She obtained her BA degree from the University of Notre Dame, her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and her MS Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. She is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor.
Her professional experience includes conducting family therapy at Lighthouse, Inc. and individual and group therapy with children, teens, young adults and adults at the Center for Grief and Loss at Stella Maris Hospice. She also works as a Catholic school counselor. In 2002, she founded Faith Journeys because she met so many young people who were struggling with their parentsí divorce, and she wanted to do more to help them.
In particular, she wanted to offer them the solution that had helped her: reliance on God and a safe place to express grief. In Lynnís case, she could not move on with her life until she gave God a real chance to help her.
Lynn has been featured on Catholic TV, NBC TV, Fox 45 TV, Good Life Television, Relevant Radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and in various publications across the country. The Notre Dame Club of Maryland presented her with its "Award of the Year" for 2004-2005.
In April 2008, Lynn presented her ministry model for separated and divorced families at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, as part of an international conference sponsored by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family and the Knights of Columbus. During that conference, His Holiness Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, recognized her work during an audience in the Vatican.
Lynn has also done work for other Catholic organizations, including the Archdiocese of Washington, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Diocese of Orange, the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Diocese of Harrisburg, National Catholic Educational Association, and Catholic Divorce Ministry. She is available for speaking engagements, facilitator training, and to help your organization establish a ministry program for separated and divorced families.
Lynn and her husband, George, live in Baltimore, Maryland.