"Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor."
Luke 2: 51-52



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Not Just Good, but Beautiful
has been selected as the Book of the Month for the U.S.Catholic Bishops' "For Your Marriage" website. Not Just Good, But Beautiful has won praise across the spectrum, from Catholic World Report ("A wonderful contribution to the Church in the Modern world.") to the Huffington post ("I sincerely suggest every married couple have a copy, regardless of religion.")

At a time when marriage is in unprecedented crisis, Pope Francis and 15 religious leaders from around the world explore the beauty of marriage and the complementarity of man and woman as a universal cornerstone of healthy families, communities, and societies.

This book is available in paperback and as an  e-book directly from Plough Publishing and Amazon.

Questions about Vocations?

The ABCS of Fostering Vocations is among several good web resources for parents to introduce and discuss vocations with their children. For example:

A: Answer your children's questions honestly
B: Bring your family to an ordination mass
C: Cultivate an arttitude of service

Connect to the complete list here

Related links:

Seven Ways Families Can Foster Vocations, from Vianney

Ideas for Fostering Vocations, from
The Practicing

Links and Documents:

Advent Pamphlet for Family Life Ministry 

Better Family Mealtimes - 10 Tips  


Amoris Laetitia: Apostolic Exhortation


Questions and Answers


Amoris Laetitia: Exhortation Apostolique


Questions et reponses


Life and Family, CCCB

La vie et la famille, CECC


Catholic Organization for Life and Family

Organisme Catholique pour la vie et la famille




Our Family Life Ministry emerged from Rebuilding Trust and Hope:The Pastoral Plan of the Diocese of Antigonish 2013-2018 (Priority 6: Extending Church Outreach, objective 6.)

Mission Statement:

Inspired by the example of the Holy Family - Jesus, Mary and Joseph - the Diocese of Antigonish Family Life Ministry strives to nurture all families to grow in faith, hope and love. 



 Family Rocks!

 "In his recent apostolic exhortation on marrige and the family, Pope Francis reminds us of the importance of family life and its mission to be an environment of life and love, where every member of the family is taught, cared for, and supported," said Bishop Brian Dunn.

Some suggestions for celebrating National Week for Life and the Family this year:

  • All parishes are invited to participate as an opportunity to promote the ministry of care and compassion for the vulnerable and those facing end of life struggles
  • The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) have resources available for year-round support of family life issues and growth. See Links and Documents listed to the left.


In September 2015, the Chafe and McKenna families and Bishop Dunn represented our diocese at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Plans are ongoing for ways to support and engage family life in our parishes and communities.



 “Recognizing that much more research and discussions are needed on many aspects of family life, the committee is suggesting the following ideas which might foster family relationships," said Bishop Dunn. These ideas include:

  • Support prayer at meal and bedtimes
  • Encourage children to be with their parents during mass
  • Find ways to provide childcare so more parents can participate in parish work and activities
  • Organize family functions such as first Friday gatherings, pot luck meals for families, dinners for couples
  • Plan a family holy hour

Parishes are encouraged to discuss these and other ideas regarding family life, especially at the level of the parish pastoral council," Bishop Dunn said.

Click here to download Bishop Dunn's letter on Diocesan Family Ministry.


Family Life Ministry:

Bishop Brian Dunn
Peter Chafe, chair
Jeanette Chafe
Fr. Tom MacNeil
Debbie Aker
Patricia Norman
Cindy Brown