Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 @ 10:57 am
“To serve the church and the world through marriage and family life” Familiaris Consortio #75
What is FAMILIAS ?
is the Association for Catholic Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Ministry
(England and Wales) established in 2008 to serve the church and the world
through marriage and family life.
members recognise that marriage and family life have a specific God-given
purpose in the lives of individuals, society and the Church.
aims to support, nourish and sustain all families whatever their circumstances.
the outcomes of Listening 2004 and a renewed focus on marriage and family life
ministry in the Catholic Church in England and Wales, diocesan coordinators of
marriage and family ministry decided to formally organise themselves as an
Association. FAMILIAS’ members recognise that family is where we learn to
relate, whether well or poorly, to self, to others, to God and FAMILIAS
therefore places the pastoral care of marriage and family life at the heart of
What does FAMILIAS do?
provides a collective voice for the diocesan marriage and family life ministry
network in England and Wales
shares good practice and makes marriage & family life ministry resources
more widely available
connects and care for its members through peer support, ongoing training and
advocates for marriage and family life through its membership of the Bishops’
Committee for Marriage and Family and through collaboration with other
communicates, advises and serves by sharing members’ news, job opportunities
and responding to national and local issues of interest to its members
FAMILIAS has awarded several small grants and bursaries to support the
formation of its members and the pastoral care of families. FAMILIAS has also
hosted annual national or regional workshops for its members on the themes of:
and Work in the Adult Life Cycle
Family, My Priesthood: the influence of family on vocations to the priesthood
and Parenting Experience
Love of Parents
of Young Suicide (Papyrus)
Awareness of Domestic Abuse
Laetitia in the Home, Parish and School Partnership
Lives Post-Divorce Recovery Programme Training
three levels of FAMILIAS membership: Full members are the official/lead
Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life Ministry in the diocese, appointed by
the diocesan bishop; Associate members are those who work alongside the Coordinator
of Marriage and Family Life Ministry, in an official paid or voluntary capacity;
and a Friend of FAMILIAS is a group or individual who support(s) FAMILIAS’ vision
and mission to serve the Church and the world through marriage and family life.
business is conducted by a voluntary Executive and supported by a part-time
Administrator. Elected representatives from FAMILIAS’ Northern, Southern and
Western Regions also serve on the Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Marriage and
information about FAMILIAS and to enquire about becoming a member please visit:
www.familias-ew.org.uk or contact the FAMILIAS Administrator at: email@example.com
Contact your local Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life Ministry:
For more information on Familias you can visit it’s website, follow them on Twitter or Download their flyer