As a pastoral counselor and Catholic child of divorce, Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski, LCPC, NCC, has answered the call to help other children from divorced families rise above this adversity and equip them to move beyond it.
Lynn’s parents separated when she was eleven, then divorced five years later. This experience has given her a firsthand understanding of the grief children from divorced families experience as well as the obstacles they face in overcoming it.
In 2002, Lynn founded Faith Journeys, a Catholic non-profit organization in Ellicott City, MD, to assist the many young people she had met who were struggling with their parents’ divorce and its aftermath. In particular, she wanted to offer them the tools that had helped her: relying on God and the Catholic Church, and finding a safe place to express grief.
Faith Journeys is unique in that it offers healing frameworks specifically for children from divorced families that are based on Catholic Church teachings, pastoral counseling concepts, and the personal experience of an adult child of divorce who is happily married.
Our curriculums are contained in three books: When Parents Divorce or Separate: I Can Get Through This (Pauline Books & Media 2013); Now What Do I Do? A Guide to Help Teenagers with Their Parents’ Separation or Divorce (ACTA Publications 2006); and Making Your Way After Your Parents’ Divorce: A Supportive Guide for Personal Growth. These books have been endorsed by numerous Catholic leaders, including Donald Cardinal Wuerl and Edwin Cardinal O’Brien.
Lynn’s work has also been recognized by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, and the Knights of Columbus. The text of her ministry model for separated and divorced families has been translated into Spanish, French, and Italian. In addition, Faith Journeys has worked in collaboration with the Archdioceses of Washington and Baltimore, the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, the NCEA, and Catholic Divorce Ministry.
Lynn has been featured on NBC-TV, Fox 45 TV, Catholic TV, Good Life Television, SIRIUS Catholic Radio, and other media outlets across the nation.
Lynn obtained her BA degree from the University of Notre Dame and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She also has a MS Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland, and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.