FAMILIAS Steering Group

FAMILIAS’ business is conducted by a Steering Group, comprising two elected representatives from each region, the Chair of the Bishops' Committee for Marriage and Family Life, the Marriage and Family Life Office Advisers and any co-opted members as agreed by the Steering Group members. The Steering Group is also supported by a part-time Administrator.
Photo of Katherine Bergin
South-East Region Representative
Work Phone: 01293 515666

Biographical Info

Katherine is married with 4 children. She has worked for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton as Marriage and Family Life adviser since 2011 but has spent  much of her working life as a teacher in a variety of Catholic schools.

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North & Central Region Representative
Work Phone: 0114 2566407 Cell Phone: 07917 6957 22

Biographical Info

Susan has been Marriage and Family life Co-ordinator in the Diocese of Hallam since 1996.  She has 4 grown up children and a growing number of grandchildren.            

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Work Phone: 07842596878

Biographical Info

Margaret is married with two grown up children and has worked for the Diocese of Wrexham as Marriage and Family Life Coordinator since 2011. Before that she worked in healthcare and has been a State Registered Nurse for over 30 years.

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South-East Region Representative
Work Phone: 020 8651 2477

Biographical Info

Philip has been married to Mary for over 40 years and has four children and eight grandchildren. He was ordained permanent deacon in 2002 and together they are Marriage & Family Life coordinators for the 65 parishes in the South West Pastoral Area of Southwark diocese.

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South West Region Representative
Work Phone: 07580037765 Work Phone: 01275 460288

Biographical Info

Anne-Marie has been the voluntary Marriage and Family Life coordinator for Clifton Diocese since 2009. She has been married to Colin for over 40 years and has 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

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South West Region Representative
Work Phone: 02920 365964

Biographical Info

Joanne, a married mother to 2 teenage girls, has been working part time for the Catholic Archdiocese of Cardiff since 2008; initially for 5 years as a paid Parenting Support Worker and now as A Family Life Worker. She works with the parishes & schools of the archdiocese to enable more effective engagement with parents and their involvement in church life. She co-ordinates and supervises a small team of Volunteer facilitators and is also an approved Facilitator Trainer for the Family Caring Trust.

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Chair of the Bishops’ Committee for Marriage and Family Life, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Work Phone: 01604 715635

Biographical Info

Bishop Peter Doyle has responsibility at the Bishops’ Conference for pastoral care of marriage and family life. Peter is Bishop of Northampton. He also chairs the Bishops’ Committee for Marriage & Family Life.

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Marriage and Family Life Adviser, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Work Phone: 07807 106441

Biographical Info

Caroline joined the Bishops’ Conference as the Family Catechesis Development Worker in March 2014 and was subsequently appointed as Marriage & Family Life Adviser in January 2017. She has wide experience in retreat work and formation of catechists for ministry with children and adults.

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Photo of Clara Donnelly
Familias Administrator
Work Phone: 07708 307431

Biographical Info

Clara has been married to Charles for over 45 years, has 5 children and 9 grandchildren. She is a member of the Committee for Marriage and Family Life and Chairperson of the Family Outreach Committee in her parish of St Alban’s in the Diocese of Shrewsbury.  

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Marriage & Family Life Project Adviser, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Work Phone: 0754 884 0970

Biographical Info

Hannah is married with three children. She joined the Marriage & Family Life Project Office in 2010 as Communications and Project Adviser and was appointed as Marriage & Family Life Project Adviser in January 2017. Prior to that she worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in the recruitment and travel industries.

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Role of the Steering Group:

  • To formulate policy of the Association for approval by a simple majority of full members
  • To propose fees for membership and associate membership; draft a budget for the approval of members and make payments on behalf of the Association
  • To propose alterations to the constitution, for submission to members for agreement by a two-thirds majority
  • Set up and manage resource databases
  • Organise national meetings of Marriage & Family Life Coordinators
  • Consider and seek opinions from all members, through their regional steering group representatives, regarding action on proposals made by members
  • Set up and maintain records of members and associate members
  • Be a contact point for the media and represent the Association externally