FAMILIAS Executive

FAMILIAS’ business is conducted by an Executive, comprising two elected representatives from each region, the Chair of the Bishops' Committee for Marriage and Family Life, the national Marriage and Family Life Office Advisers and any co-opted members as agreed by the Executive. The Executive 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. Katherine is the FAMILIAS Southern Region Representative on the Bishops’ Committee for Marriage and Family Life.

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Photo of Susan Tym
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 6 grandchildren.            

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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. Margaret is the FAMILIAS Northern Region Representative on the Bishops’ Committee for Marriage and Family Life.

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Photo of Elizabeth Partridge
South-East Region Representative
Work Phone: 07733082707

Biographical Info

Elizabeth has over 30 years’ experience in facilitating marriage preparation courses, and with her late husband spent 13 years as Marriage & Family Life Coordinator for the Kent Pastoral Area. Elizabeth still works for the Southwark Marriage & Family Life Team in the areas of faith and bereavement. She has extensive experience in general counselling and bereavement ministry and with her late husband experienced 2 years in the foreign missions and 4 years in community with the Augustinians.

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Photo of Anne-Marie Sparrow
South West Region Representative
Cell 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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Photo of Lianne Pap
South West Region Representative
Work Phone: 0121 360 8118 (ext. 166) Cell Phone: 07814 736564

Biographical Info

Lianne took up the position of full-time Family Ministry Worker for the Archdiocese of Birmingham in January 2017. She is married with two children and prior to her appointment spent 8 years as the Pastoral Assistant in her home parish.

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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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Photo of Caroline Dollard
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 Chairperson of the Family Outreach Committee in her parish of St Alban’s in the Diocese of Shrewsbury.  

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

Biographical Info

Hannah is married with three children. She joined the Bishops’ Conference in 2010 as Communications and Project Adviser and was appointed as Marriage & Family Life 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 FAMILIAS Executive:

  • 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