“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

My Story

We live in an extremely dynamic yet rapidly changing culture.  Growing up a cradle Catholic, I’ve always respected the truths and wisdom of our Catholic church, yet at various times throughout my life I pulled away from its protection. Having experienced the pain of separation and divorce as a Catholic 15 years ago, I ran with open arms to look for support from my Catholic roots.

Little did I know, my separation and divorce journey soon led me to discover the beauty, wisdom and truth of our Catholic faith as it guided me through my pain towards great inner healing.  I was provided with support, clarity and the direction I needed to re-orient my life and renew my Catholic world view. As I navigated my way through my own situation, 8 years ago, I had a deep desire to share my discoveries of our church with other Catholics who were experiencing separation and divorce.

Today, By My Side is a culmination of 9 years of experience working with just over 145 participants who have completed the original Journey of Hope program that I purchased and shared. I have been privileged to watch these brave women and men move towards inner healing as they took a leap of faith to trust our Lord and the inner teachings of our church with their individual situations.

By My Side has been rebranded to reflect the changes, updates and revisions that these wonderful participants have taught me that are original to this new revised program. I hope and pray that you will join us and discover the beauty of our Catholic faith as you move towards healing, inner peace and the life God has planned for you in your future.   I truly believe, that I’m never alone.  For our Lord is “By My Side”.

– Mary Jane Manley, Program Facilitator