Catholic Family Institute
Empowering couples and families to become ambassadors of Christ
and living the fullness of our Catholic faith.
The Catholic Family Institute enriches marriages by creating an awareness of the Christian vocations of husband and wife and the role of the Catholic family as a representation of Christ to the world; resulting in stronger marriages and healthier families rooted in the theological virtues of faith, hope and love.
By promoting and living out the Catholic Family Institute core values of Covenant, Union, Indissolubility, Fidelity, Procreation, and Family...
...we propose a vision of increased fellowship of married couples, mentoring relationships with engaged couples and newlyweds, aggressively promoting the Theology of the Body, a reduced divorce rate through an increased use of marriage peer ministries such as Worldwide Marriage Encounter and Retrouvaille, an increased awareness and use of Natural Family Planning, and offering parenting encouragement and tools to raise healthy, faith-driven Catholic families.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the grace of the sacrament of Matrimony is your guide to holiness:
CCC 1641 ...By this grace they "help one another to attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and educating their children."
CCC 1642 Christ is the source of this grace...Christ dwells with them, gives them the strength to take up their crosses and so follow him, to rise again after they have fallen, to forgive one another, to bear one another's burdens, to "be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ," and to love one another with supernatural, tender, and fruitful love.
Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan
A Pastoral Letter of the USCCB
"As the first Christian families were islands of faith in their time, so Catholic families today are called to be becons of faith, 'centers of living, radiant faith.'"
Approved on November 17, 2009 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the letter is another component in the bishops'
, which began in November 2004.
"The vision of married life and love that we have presented in this pastoral letter is meant to be a foundation and reference point for the many works of evangelization, catechesis, pastoral care, education and advocacy carried on in our dioceses, parishes, schools, agencies, movements and programs," says the document's closing section, called a "commitment to ministry."