Marriage, Family, and
Respect Life


We promote, support and sustain families at all stages of life through leadership training and collaboration with parishes and diocesan departments.

In his apostolic exhortation Familiaris consortius, Pope St. John Paul II declared that the mission of the family is to:

  • form a community of persons
  • live that communion with fidelity
  • reflect God’s love for humanity and Christ’s love for his bride the Church
  • serve life by procreation (‘transmitting the divine image from person to person’)
  • care for ‘the little ones’ in the family
  • share goods, lives, joys and sorrows
  • educate each other
  • understand, forbear, pardon, reconcile
  • practice hospitality, especially to the needy
  • be dedicated to the good of society
  • be a sign of unity and peace to our world
  • share in the life and mission of the Church
  • witness to the truth and evangelize the world

In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis wrote “The sacrament of marriage is not a social convention, an empty ritual or merely the outward sign of a commitment. The sacrament is a gift given for the sanctification and salvation of the spouses, since their mutual belonging is a real representation, through the sacramental sign, of the same relationship between Christ and the Church. The married couple are therefore a permanent reminder for the Church of what took place on the cross; they are for one another and for their children witnesses of the salvation in which they share through the sacrament.”

And in the first Latin American Congress meeting, he stated: "The family reflects the image of God, in his deepest mystery, and in this way allows you to see human love as a sign of God's love and presence (Lumen Fidei, 52). In the family, faith is mixed with maternal milk. For example, the simple and spontaneous gesture to ask for a blessing that is conserved in many of our peoples, encapsulates the biblical conviction that God's blessing is passed on from father to son."


Jayne MJ Stefanic, MSW, LISW

Holy Family, pray for us.