"The future of humanity passes by way of the family"

Familiaris Consortio (#86), Pope John Paul II

We assist in the development and support of parish family ministries so that families become the domestic churches they are called to be, where the Lord gathers us, forms us, and acts in the world.

We provide parish leaders with resources, networks, and formation in the following areas:

  • strengthening marriages
  • equipping parents in raising their children in the faith and fostering a culture of life
  • engaging families to participate in parish life

We also complement parish efforts by providing families:

  • information and resources
  • regional or diocesan events

We also strive to foster greater collaboration between partners (such as religious orders, agencies and lay movements) and parishes in support of their family life ministries.


We know that there is an overwhelming amount of resources out there and that it might be hard to know where to start. Our office wants to make it easier for you and so has compiled a list of resources at all stages of your ministry (Getting StartedGrowing, and Going Deeper). To obtain our list of resources for Family Ministry, simply click HERE.

Upcoming Events:

Over the course of the year the Office of Formation for Discipleship holds various training and formation days for those involved in ministry. Please see our website for upcoming Formation Opportunities.

Contact Details:

If you need additional information or further assistance, please contact Patrick Douglas at 416.934.3400, ext. 509 or pdouglas@archtoronto.org.