Everyone is born into a family and the Church recognises the need to accompany families in order for all to strengthen their love for one another as well as building a relationship with God.

Families, themselves, can often be the first place we turn to for support and encouragement so it is vital that through the work of family ministry there is the assistance from organisations and agencies, alongside parishes, to meet those various needs.

Family ministry is there to assist, advise and support people regardless of what stage of family life they are at.

As Pope Francis said ‘no family drops down from heaven perfectly formed’ and the dynamic of family life has changed greatly in recent years.

The one thing that still remains is a yearning to love and to be loved, and the Church is here to embrace each and every family no matter what situation they find themselves in.

Family Ministry covers a number of areas within the Archdiocese of Birmingham including parish-based programmes, school initiatives and ongoing formation, as well as signposting individuals according to what help or advice they need and the challenges they may be faced with.

Lianne Pap is our Marriage and Family Life Coordinator

She is based at the Maryvale Institute

Lianne's contact details are:

t. 0121 360 8118 (ext. 166)

m. 07814 736564

e. [email protected]

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New Theology of the Body Ministry Launches in the UK

A new Theology of the Body ministry has been launched recently on the feast of Pope St John Paul II - uniquely designed specifically to serve the UK Church.

Eternity Project offers a podcast which aims to take the theological and make it practical, contemplating how John Paul II's teaching is relevant to any and every state of life. It also offers blog posts and weekly reflections - 'TOB divina' - on small snippets of the TOB texts.

To subscribe for updates, visit the Eternity Project website The podcast can be listened to on any podcast platform, including via the website.

To get in touch with the team, email [email protected]