The future of the world and the Church passes through the family.... the family is the first and fundamental school of social living: as a community of love.
- St. Pope John Paul II
In our ever-changing world, families find solace and guidance in faith. The Office of Marriage and Family Life strives to enrich and strengthen the spiritual and personal relationships of everyone in the family: of the single, engaged, married, widowed or divorced.
Every ministry we offer seeks to promote the dignity of all persons, especially the most vulnerable. We do so believing that loving and just family relationships build up the Church, strengthen society, and glorify God.
The family is the first and indispensable teacher of peace.
-Pope Benedict XVI
In April 2016, Pope Francis released an Apostolic Exhortation, entitled Amoris Laetitia ("Joy of Love"). We will begin to unpack the teaching and wisdom of this family document in the months ahead so that we can truly live the "Joy of Love." Start to read this Exhortation so you will be ready for our upcoming Study Forum sessions.
The family remains the basic unit of society and the first school in which children learn the human, spiritual and moral values which enable them to be a beacon of goodness, integrity and justice in our communities.
-Pope Francis I