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October 1, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 24

COMMENTARY

Marriage isn’t an office

If you could go to one web-site and find information on marriage preparation programs, enrichment for couples, the contact information for a variety of programs in your part of the state — from Natural Family Planning to Counseling Services — would you put that web-site in your favorites list? I know I would!

The Center for Marriage, Family, and Life, created by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo in the summer of 2012, wants to provide access to all individuals who seek physical, spiritual and emotional support to help them through various life transitions and stages.

Kevin Hogan, of St. Edward the Confessor parish, Richmond, is scheduled to be ordained a permanent deacon Nov. 3.

There is an emphasis on providing tools to strengthen and enrich Catholic and interreligious marriages, various family situations and scenarios, with particular attention to issues pertaining to the dignity of human life.

This isn’t an office. Think of it more like a “Center of Excellence” for Marriage, Family, and Life for our Diocese.

Through a “center” approach the combined wisdom of various experts will be coupled with infrastructure relationships and processes that already exist within the Diocesan Pastoral Center structure.

The Center hopes to weave together the Catholic faith tradition and pastoral practice, the data of social science, and the experience of married couples to offer guidance and resources in order to promote, strengthen, sustain and restore marriages.

The Richmond Diocese’s Center for Marriage, Family, and Life is getting organized, making contacts, collecting information, and working through established programs to offer the best to the people of the diocese.

The website is under development, so if you bookmark it (www.richmonddiocese.org/cmfl), be prepared for some major changes in the next months.

The Catholic Virginian will feature other related topics including The Vocation of Marriage, Marriage as a Sacrament, Dating and Engagement, Parenting and Family, For Every Marriage and Resources for Marriage.

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