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Marriage & Family Ministry

"I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." (Jn. 10:10)
"The family is the way of the Church." -Saint John Paul II

"It is in the family that peacemakers, tomorrow's promoters of a culture of life and love, are born and nurtured." -Pope Benedict XVI

"The Christian family...is the daily fabric of life, it is the journey of generations who pass on the faith together with love and with the basic moral values. " -Pope Francis


Introducing ava's grace: a new ministry of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in support of parents who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss Please Click Here 


2018 Marriage Preparation Dates

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For 2019 Marriage Preparation Dates please click here 

For 2019 Engaged Couple Conferences in Spanish, please follow link below.

Para las fechas de las Conferencias Prematrimoniales en 2019 haga clic aqui 


2018 Natural Family Planning Classes

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Humane Vitae 50 Years Later: Was the Church Right About Contraception?

Click here for Today's Catholic article series by Lisa Everett  


What does Jesus' cross have to do with your Marriage? Click below for a great talk by Dr. Mary O'Callaghan at our recent Symposium on Marriage and the Family.

Building a Christ-Centered Home: Self-Giving as Foundation 


What are you doing for your marriage? Read inspiring stories, book reviews and more at  www.foryourmarriage.org 


Religious Freedom











Pope Francis reminds us that religious freedom is a fundamental human right, and is necessary for the Christian family to live its faith.  Click here to learn more!


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Click here for Theology of the Body teaching resources  for teachers, DRE's and catechists.

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What do we do?

Marriage and Family Ministry  assists Bishop Kevin Rhoades in his pastoral care of marriage and the family and in his promotion of a culture of life from conception to natural death. 

The ministry provides programs in both English and Spanish in the following areas: 

– Marriage and parenting, including talks, workshops, 25th & 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses and Diocesan Marriage & Family Conferences;

– Pro-life activities, including prayer, education, annual March for Life, public relations, and legislative advocacy in collaboration with the Indiana Catholic Conference and the USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities;

– Natural Family Planning (NFP) diocesan program, as well as promoting and supporting Creighton Model NFP consultants and practitioners of NaProTechnology (to assist those experiencing infertility);

– Education in human sexuality, including the First Comes Love program for 8th grade students and their parents, talks and classes on the Theology of the Body as well as training and ongoing support for teachers and catechists;

–Bioethical issues in consultation with the National Catholic Bioethics Center, including workshops for priests and pastoral ministers as well as personal consultation in dealing with specific cases.

–Marriage preparation, including Conferences for Engaged Couples as well as training and ongoing support for parish mentor couples and pastoral ministers;.

Please see the side bar links for more information.





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