Family Groups in England & Wales Agree the Way Forward

20 May 2014
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A small gathering at our Our Lady of Victories parish, Kensington on Saturday 17th May was the culmination of a ten month consultation with Family Groups in England & Wales, commissioned by Bishop John Hine.  Project Office staff and a Family Group team from St Mary’s Ipswich were warmly welcomed by Mgr James Curry and the parish’s Family Group leadership team.

Bishop John was keen to learn about the English and Welsh parishes’ experience of  Family Groups and to identify any unmet needs. Eight of the ten active Family Group parishes participated in the consultation via a questionnaire, a meeting in Leeds and Saturday’s gathering. Family Group teams from St Michael’s and St Bernadette’s Whitefield, Holy Rosary Aintree, and St Bernadette’s Scunthorpe attended the Leeds’ meeting, along with Fr Pat Munroe and Marriage & Family Life Coordinators from Clifton, Leeds, Shrewsbury and Wrexham dioceses.

The consultation has produced three agreed priorities for Family Groups in England and Wales:
  •  to create a national network of Family Groups in England & Wales
  • to create a sustainable ‘grass roots’ support structure for Family Groups in England & Wales
  • to support the development of new Family Group parishes from within the English & Welsh network

fgewA Steering Group, comprising a nominee from each Family Group parish and MFL diocesan representation will be convened to drive these initiatives forward. The Project Office will be supporting the Family Groups to establish these structures in the initial stages.

VISIT THE BLOG FOR FAMILY GROUPS IN ENGLAND & WALES

If you have any questions about Family Groups in England & Wales please contact Hannah Moruzzi at the MFL Project Office

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