• Seeking God Together

    A NEW A practical Companion for parish communities in meeting, welcoming and accompanying families across all the seasons of life from conception to death. See our Blog for a special Seeking God Together Advent Resource and visit our dedicated web page for resources to support the introduction and use of Seeking God Together

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  • Marriage

    The Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship published Guidelines for the Preparation of Couples for Marriage in September 2016. The Guidelines have been prepared over an extended period of time during which marriage preparation providers were consulted as well as relationship and theological experts. Follow the link to purchase a copy of the Guidelines

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  • Counting our Blessings

    Counting our Blessings is a Scripture based resource for use in a variety of pastoral-catechetical settings, which explores some of the 'Real Questions' in family life through 7 guided conversation sessions

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    The Association for Catholic Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Ministry seeks to support the growth of loving, life-enhancing relationships and to serve the Church through marriage and family life ministry

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  • Family Group Movement

    Family Groups offer understanding, friendship and support to all. They encourage and celebrate family life in its myriad forms and help everyone in the parish feel that they belong

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  • Blog

    Our blog offers local, national and international news, information and reflections on Catholic marriage and family life ministry in England and Wales

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    NEW: NBCW Guide to the Annulment Process (4th Edition)

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    Home is a Holy Place

    Raising awareness and understanding of the graced, blessed and holy reality of Christian marriage and family life, to restore families "reasons for confidence" in themselves, in the riches that they "possess by nature and grace and in the mission that God has entrusted to" them. (Familiaris Consortio #86)

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  • Ladies Chatting with Tea


    Supporting the development of welcoming, family-sensitive, friendly parishes where everybody feels welcomed, accepted, known and loved for who they are

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  • Marriage & Family Course

    The Maryvale Institute offers a six month distance learning course for anyone who wishes to understand the teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage and family. What is God’s plan for human love which is lived in a special way in the vocation to marriage and the family?

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    Mental Health Project

    Offering a range of resources to help increase spiritual and pastoral support for those with mental health needs, their families and carers in parishes, deaneries, dioceses, schools, hospitals, universities, prisons and organisations

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  • Light for the Path

    For the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy we produced Light for the Path a 6 session user-friendly resource to help families enter into this special time for the church - we are continuing to make these available to help families reflect on what mercy means and how we live it in our daily lives.

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    Creating an environment within the Catholic community in which domestic abuse is understood and recognised as unacceptable and strategies are put in place to enable effective responses to signs of domestic abuse

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    Passing on the Faith

    Resourcing the home, school and parish to support parents and grandparents in their irreplaceable and inalienable task of passing on faith in God

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  • Family Catechesis

    "If we learn to apologize promptly and to give each other mutual forgiveness, the wounds heal, the marriage grows stronger, and the family becomes an increasingly stronger home, which withstands the shocks of our smaller or greater misdeeds."

    Pope Francis
    General Audience
    Saint Peter's Square Rome
    Wednesday 4 November 2015

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  • Family Synod

    In April 2016 the Vatican published Amoris Laetitia or 'The Joy of Love' Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics around the world.


    Funding dioceses to help strengthen parish communities and encourage lay leadership through formation, training, pastoral support and community fellowship

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  • World Meeting of Families 2018

    Every three years the Church brings together the largest international gathering of families in the world. From 21-26 August 2018, thousands of families celebrated the joy of love in Dublin, Ireland.

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About Us

At the Marriage & Family Life Office of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales we support the specific pastoral initiatives prioritised by the Bishops in the area of marriage and family life, working closely with diocesan teams, so that family life can flourish in local communities.

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There is no stereotype of the ideal family, but rather a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and problems

Amoris Laetitia #57

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  • phone number:
  • 07807 106441

  • our address:
  • Marriage and Family Life Office
    Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
    39 Eccleston Square London SW1V 1BX

  • email address:
  • caroline.dollard@cbcew.org.uk