The first building block is the task of Building Leadership. Through prayer, invitation, discernment and education, well formed leaders, both clergy and laity, are called and made ready to carry out the mission of a Marriage-Building Parish. This building block represents a marriage movement that, according to the U.S. Bishops, invites and includes the gifts of many, beginning with married couples themselves and welcoming also the service and witness offered by ordained ministers and by women and men in consecrated life.
From the U.S. Bishops
"We urge a renewed commitment by the entire Catholic community to helping those called to the vocation of married life to live it faithfully, fruitfully, and joyfully." (p. 58)
"We acknowledge with respect and gratitude all those who are working to defend, promote, strengthen, heal, and reconcile marriages, either through church ministries or in other professions and fields of endeavor. We pledge our collaboration with all who seek to create a vibrant culture of marriage rooted in God‘s plan for the good of humanity." (p. 59)
- excerpted from
Our Action Plan