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Family & Pro-Life

"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


Announcing 2017 Marriage Preparation dates.


Announcing 2017 Natural Family Planning dates. 

Introducing Miriam's Blessing, a new ministry within our diocese!

Miriam's Blessing is a new ministry whose purpose is to provide comprehensive support to parents who receive a poor prenatal diagnosis. Support for parents carrying to term varies through three distinct phases: the pregnancy, the birth and the postpartum period. The focus of support changes as the pregnancy progresses and as parents move from diagnosis to anticipation of the birth and whatever lies beyond. Peer ministers and volunteers are screened and trained. They work in teams and their outreach is informed by a pastoral care manual.To expectant parents, they offer unique insight and sensitivity regarding such difficult issues as mourning the loss of the anticipated baby, maintaining hope when a prognosis is poor, stillbirth and neonatal critical care. 



Miriam's Blessing is based on the national program, Be Not Afraid.  

If you or someone you know could benefit from Miriam's Blessing, please contact one of the diocesan coordinators:

Fort Wayne area coordinator: Mary Glowaski 
Email: mglowaski@diocesefwsb.org 
Office phone: 260-422-4611


South Bend area coordinator: Lisa Everett 
Email: lisaanneverett@sbcglobal.net 
Office phone: 574-234-0687

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What are you doing for your marriage? Read inspiring stories, book reviews and more in the April Marriage monthly   from our US Bishops.









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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Visit our office on FACEBOOK  for upcoming events and announcements, resources, formation, education and more!

Read the April Marriage Monthly   newsletter from our US Bishops.

What do we do?

The Office of Family Life and Pro-Life  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 office 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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