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Family Life

Welcome to the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York

The Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York collaborates with the parishes of the archdiocese and recommends programs and resources that prepare and enrich engaged and married couples; educate, form, support and strengthen families; build and promote a culture of life; and provide a healing and comfort to those struggling with loss, grief, or brokenness.

The four pillars of marriage and family life found in the United States Conference of Bishops document Called to the Joy of Love: The National Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry are: Prayer and Relationship with Christ, Formation, Accompaniment, and Advocacy. They form the foundation on which we continue to build and support programs and initiatives for use by parishes.

Know that the entire Family Life Office staff are ready to serve your needs and look forward to hearing from you.

Theodore J. Musco
Director, Family Life Office

Advent with the Family Life Office

The Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York invites you to deepen your faith this Advent! See below for resources and events to help you make the most of this season.

Advent Calendars from the USCCB
Advent Evening of Reflection: Called to the Joy of Love

Come celebrate an evening of prayer, music, and hospitality as we prepare to welcome our Lord at Christmas. All those involved in Family Life Ministry are invited to attend.

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Saint Joseph Seminary
201 Seminary Road, Yonkers, New York

Please register as soon as possible at by providing names, parish, telephone numbers, and email addresses for those who plan to attend. (We need an accurate count for light refreshments.)

Upcoming Events

Educate – Encourage – Engage

The Archdiocesan Family Life Office will host a series of gatherings, “Educate – Encourage – Engage” throughout the Archdiocese of New York.

ENGAGE: Meet and greet parish staff (clergy and laity, paid and volunteer) ministering in any field of Family Life including, but not limited to, marriage preparation, marriage enrichment, parenting, separated and divorced, bereavement, pornography, etc.

ENCOURAGE: Provide resources and initiatives to be used in parishes and families.

EDUCATE: Explore the riches found in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2021 document Called to the Joy of Love: National Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry.

Safe Haven Sunday

On March 11-12, 2023, the Archdiocese of New York will celebrate Safe Haven Sunday. Safe Haven Sunday is an annual weekend set aside by dioceses and parishes to directly address the harms of pornography.

Throughout the country, arch/dioceses and parishes are able to provide teaching and resources that will support and protect individuals, marriages and families in making all homes a safe haven.

This awareness day will give us an opportunity to address the harmfulness of pornography in marriages, families, and culture as a whole, while providing helpful resources to both individuals and families.


Prayer and Relationship with Christ






Contact Us

Family Life Office

Theodore Musco, Director, Family Life Office

  • 646-794-3186

Jeanne Travis, Marriage & Family Life Office Assistant

  • 646-794-3188

Office of Family Life
1011 1st Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10022


Lisa Del Valle,Bilingual Family Life Support Specialist

  • 646-794-3193

Yorleni Tavarez-Sanchez, Bilingual Family Life Support Specialist

  • 646-794-3199

Suzanne Hammill, Assistant Director

  • 646-794-3183
Fertility Awareness/ NFP

Cassie Moriarty, Fertility/NFP Educator/Consultant

  • 803-606-2121

Vinny DaSilva, Associate Director – Family Life

  • 646-794-3168

Sue DiSisto, Parenting/Family Life Coordinator

  • 646-794-3191

Vincent DaSilva, Assoc. Director – Family Life

  • 646-794-3168

Sue DiSisto, Emmaus Ministry Retreats for Grieving Parents

  • 646-794-3191
Separated and Divorced

Carmen Noschese, Coordinator

  • 646-794-3194
Programas En Espanol

Yorleni Tavarez-Sanchez, Bilingual Marriage & Family Life Specialist

  • 646-794-3199

Lisa Del Valle, Registración para el Programa de Preparación Matrimonial

  • 646-794-3193