Marriage and Family Life

Marriage and family life are of vital and central importance in the life and teaching of the Catholic Church. It is the privileged place where love makes itself know (CST#491). The Bishops' Conference of England & Wales has an office for Marriage and Family Life. This Office exists to support and resource the bishops in their responsibility for marriage and family life, and in speaking out on all issues that affect families.

The future of humanity passes by way of the family.

Pope St John Paul II, York, 1982

God in his love has created man and woman in his image, as the summit of creation, and invites them to give themselves to each other as a gift for the good of the other.  A man and a woman are called into a lifelong, faithful and fruitful relationship.  ‘Not only man as such, not only woman as such, but rather man and woman as a couple, are the image of God. The difference between them is not a question of contrast or subordination, but instead of communion and generation, always in the image and likeness of God’ (Pope Francis, Audience 15 April 2015)


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.

Home is a Holy Place

Home is a Holy Place is a resource pack designed to help families become more aware of how God is already present with them at home.

Passing on the Faith

Passing on the Faith is an initiative of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales to help parents and grandparents to pass on faith in God.

Everybody's Welcome

Everybody's Welcome is a project launched in 2006 to support parish communities in becoming more friendly, more family-sensitive, and more welcoming of all.

Synod of Bishops on the Family 2014

Family life will be the focus of an extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014.

Diocesan Family Ministry

An introduction to our section on Diocesan Family Ministry.