The Marriage and Family Life Office needs to serve the people of God in the Archdiocese of Johannesburg by helping them to discover and live out their lives as persons, in their families and in the family of God, made in the image and likeness of God.
We need to do this by providing programs and resources that prepare and enrich engaged and married couples; educate, support and strengthen all types of families; build and promote a culture of life in all its stages, and provide healing and comfort to those struggling with loss, grief, or brokenness.
To maintain and develop an Archdiocesan Marriage & Family Life Office as a resource for the local Church.
To support the establishment, maintenance and development of marriage and family desks in parishes and deaneries.
To create and promote awareness of the family as the domestic church, a basic unit of the Church and society.
To provide support and guidance in strengthening all family relationships, needs and spirituality.
To facilitate, maintain and develop a communication and operation network within the Archdiocese between the MFLO and deaneries, parishes, movements, other departments, sodalities and other stake holders.
To source, develop and provide resource material for family-orientated formation and support, and to provide information and referrals for specialised needs.
To consolidate and support existing family-oriented programs.
To offer and facilitate formation and training.
THE ARCHDIOCESAN TEAM
The Marriage & Family Life Office currently consists of the Episcopal Vicar and diocesan coordinator or HOD. The former role is an advisory and participative role in the diocesan marriage and family ministry as a whole, as well as to assist with motivating and providing spiritual guidance for the MFLO and MFLC. The latter role involves setting up the MFLO and developing various aspects of this, namely its objectives, functions and operations.
The Marriage & Family Life Committee serves as an advisory, working board with the overall task of providing assistance, referral and support at a diocesan level, as well as being accessible at deanery and parish levels.
Fr. Patrick Dladla OMI
Episcopal Vicar for Marriage & Family Life
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Deacon Vincent Morare