In September 2014 the Diocese of Westminster received funding from the Bishops’ Celebrating Family Fund to develop a project offering remote marriage preparation to adolescents through active dialogue with married couples about love, responsibility and the realities of lasting relationships. The need for the project was identified through a pilot programme in diocesan high schools during the Year of Faith.
The project is being undertaken in partnership with the educational charity Explore. Funding has enabled Westminster’s Office for Marriage and Family Life to employ a part-time Local Development Officer to take the project forward. A recent Explore session run by the team at Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School was featured in a Sunday Times’ article by Bess Twiston Davies (24th January 2015). In her article, Bess describes how the Year 10 boys were able to engage in a frank and open discussion with married couples of different ages, backgrounds and Christian denominations. One student is quoted as saying, “The couples were open with us. They talked about their financial struggles, and raising children, but it was inspiring how they stayed together, loving together.”
To learn more about Westminster’s Explore project and for information on becoming a volunteer couple please contact Local Development Officer, Mary McGhee, Tel: 07786737437 or email email@example.com