About Us

The Marriage & Family Life Project Office supports the specific pastoral initiatives prioritised by the Bishops of England and Wales in the area of marriage and family life. The Project Office also serves the Bishops' Committee for Marriage & Family Life and the network of Diocesan Coordinators of Family Ministry, working closely with FAMILIAS (The Association for Catholic Diocesan Marriage and Family Ministry). The team is led by Rt Rev Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton and comprises a Project Officer, Communications & Projects Adviser and Family Catechesis Development Worker.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols


The Project Office originated in 2003 with the ‘diocesan conversations’ project Listening 2004: My Family My Church, the bishops’ response to the 10th anniversary of the 1994 International Year of the Family. When they met in April 2003, the bishops agreed to hold a series of diocesan conversations on marriage and family life during 2004, in order to more clearly understand how best marriage and family life could be supported.

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The Committee for Marriage and Family Life sits within the Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and is chaired by the Rt Rev Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton. The Committee for Marriage and Family Life develops informed reflection on issues concerning marriage and family life; advises on and responds to public policy issues concerning marriage and family life within the Church, ecumenical, state and interreligious areas; fosters a collaborative approach to marriage and family life work within the Bishops' Conference and promotes the pastoral care of marriage and family life across the dioceses.

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Between 2012 and 2016 The Project Office has provided internship opportunities for 12 students from the University of Notre Dame’s London Undergraduate Program (LUP). The students who are selected for an internship at the Project Office spend four months at Eccleston Square working on a diverse range of projects which support the Bishops’ Conference priorities for pastoral care for marriage and family life.

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Interns at Launch of Marriage Week 2012

Interns at Launch of Marriage Week 2012