The roots of the institution of marriage lie in our nature. Male and female we have been created, and written into our nature is this pattern of complementarity and fertility. Christian teaching fills out this pattern and reveals its deepest meaning. Understood as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman, and for the creation and upbringing of children, marriage is an expression of our fundamental humanity. Its status in law is the prudent fruit of experience, for the good of the spouses and the good of the family. In this way society esteems the married couple as the source and guardians of the next generation. As an institution marriage is at the foundation of our society.

Marriage and Family


Preparation for marriage is a requirement for couples intending to marry in the Catholic Church. As well as the required preparation with a priest, who will...Read more

Marriage and Family


Catholics view marriage as a sacrament in that it signifies and makes present Christ’s love in the world. The special grace of marriage is to sanctify the bo...Read more

Marriage and Family

Resources and Support

There are a wide range of organisations and networks of volunteers involved in developing our understanding of marriage and work to actively support married...Read more