|Promoting a Catholic understanding of marriage and family life.|
Lexington, KY. August 25, 2009. One of the major issues
of importance for the Church in the new millennium is
how best to communicate a Catholic understanding of marriage and
The United States College of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) began
a multi-year initiative in 2005 to look at improving what
it saw as a weakening in the understanding of Marriage.
Leaders from the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, also took up
this challenge, in conjunction with the Familia apostolate, during
the first National Marriage Conference on August 7 & 8,
2009, in Lexington.
During the conference, Lexington Bishop Ronald Gainer used
the example of the Holy Family as the perfect role
model for families today. He exhorted Catholic families to be
models for others and “a leaven” to change society, and
he stressed the importance of recourse to the most holy
Sacrament of the Eucharist to enhance and strengthen the marriage
bond and family life. Learn from Bishop Gainer’s talk here.
Father Steve Roberts, Diocesan Vocations Director, who had received a
medical degree with a specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology before
becoming a priest, discussed how the Catholic Church can best
convey its views on the dignity of human life in
the current debate on bioethics. Read more about the talk
Mike Allen, Director of Family Life Ministries for the
diocese, offered detailed suggestions on how the Catholic Church can
become what he called a “Marriage-Building Church.” View more details
on that talk here.
For more information about Familia, its
programs, and its upcoming conferences, visit www.familiausa.net.