MONTREAL, Jan. 10, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The Archdiocese of Montreal announced the creation of an organization of evangelization: the Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and Family. Two organizations were merged in the creation of this new centre, which carries on the efforts of the Office de la famille and of its recently retired directors, Serge and Sylvie Vallée, as well as of its English counterpart, the Family Life Office.
The Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and Family addresses the needs that communities of Montreal's cultural fabric have been expressing for two years. The centre is under the direction of Katerine Perrault and Ellen Roderick, PhD, who both graduates of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.
The centre's mission is to revitalize diocesan evangelization efforts dedicated to marriage, life and family through formation, accompaniment and cultural engagement. This institution is based on the pastoral approach of Saint John Paul II and on his teaching on the "theology of the body." It also seeks to put into concrete action the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the family, The Joy of Love. The Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and Family thus fulfills the desire of the Catholic Church of Montreal to share with people of good will the wealth and promises of happiness that God's plan includes for human love.
The Archbishop of Montreal, Most Reverend Christian Lépine, maintains that:
The family is the fundamental social unit. As "a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 2205), the family is a sacred source in which human life is conceived and through which it is fully developed mentally, physically and spiritually.
It is in this regard that the Diocesan Centre provides various programs aimed at ensuring preparation for marriage and support for the family and for its development of a life in line with its convictions.
SOURCE Archdiocese of the Catholic Church of Montreal
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