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Family Life

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

The Office of Family Life 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 Office of Family Life staff are ready to serve your needs and look forward to hearing from you.

Theodore J. Musco
Director, Office of Family Life

Resources for Lent

Stay tuned for upcoming events, activities, projects, and more from our office to enrich your family’s Lenten season.

2023 Daily Lent Reflection Calendar – English
2023 Daily Lent Reflection Calendar – Spanish

Click here for more resources from the Archdiocese and the USCCB.

The National Eucharistic Revival

The Eucharist is source and summit of our faith, allowing our families to grow and prosper.

Learn more about deepening your relationship to the Eucharist through the Eucharistic Revival by visiting:

Coming Soon….

Strong Catholic Families/Partnering with Parents

Strong Catholic Families helps church leaders envision how the Catholic Church can more effectively partner with parents to help bring home the faith. Learn more at

Fortaleciendo Familias en la Fe – The Spanish version of the Strong Catholic Families training described above and adapted to speak to the realities and issues of Hispanic parents and the leaders who minister to and with them.

Resources for Partnering with Parents – A host of online and downloadable information, activities, and videos for use with parents and families

Strong Catholic Families Facebook Page – Daily posts of helpful information, articles, research, and inspiring stories for parents and the ministry leaders who partner with them. More information will be shared at the March 25 Family Life Conference. Click the button below to register.

Catholic HOM: Catholic Households on Mission

Become a More Loving, Connected & Caring Catholic Household! Let CatholicHôM® (Households on Mission) help you get more out of family life!

Download the CatholicHôM® app and become part of a dynamic online community of families, at every age and stage, supporting each other in becoming Households on Mission to love like Christ!  Be part of the movement. Help us renew the Church one CatholicHôM® at a time!

Batter Up: Answering the Call of Faith and Fatherhood

Dr. Walters will be featured at our Family Life Conference on March 25.  Please register to attend.

In a world that subtlety tempts us to believe that we are neither loveable nor loved, James Walters offers us an invitation to discover otherwise. By guiding us on an inner journey of self-discovery and helping us to encounter the saving, healing love of God, we rediscover the liberating truth that God invites us to dream deeply, to live in hope and to change the world with courage and purpose.

–Bishop Frank Caggiano, Diocese of Bridgeport
Nourish for Caregivers

It’s no secret that when someone takes on the role of caregiver they take on stress, exhaustion, and frustrations. As a result, caregivers often report declining health, emotional fatigue, depression and even spiritual depletion. Our program is designed to provide the tools and resources to build a caregiver’s resilience by supporting their practical, emotional and spiritual needs so that they can experience the many blessings that come with caregiving.

NEW!!!   Formation and Training Opportunities for Parish Leaders

Please continue to monitor this website for news regarding upcoming training and formation opportunities in Spanish and English for parish family life leaders and interested parishioners.

Upcoming Events

Family Life Conference

Save the date for the first Annual Family Life Conference! Learn more by visiting the eventbrite page here or by downloading the flyer below.

Attention all priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay leaders, and parishioners interested in exploring pastoral ways to focus on concrete ways to assist our parishes and families in new and exciting ways. There will be time for small group sharing and opportunities to learn about initiatives such as Strong Catholic Families, Communio – A Program for Parish Renewal, Covenant Eyes, and the Marriage Catechumenate.

Mass for the Parents of Deceased Children of Any Age

“There is never a reason to lose hope. Jesus says: ‘I am with you until the end of the world.’” – Pope Francis

At this Mass, we will remember deceased children of any age, as well as their parents. Parents must know that they are not alone in mourning the death of their child.

Sunday, April 23, 2023
10:15 am Mass

St. Patrick’s Cathedral – 5th Ave

Please RSVP to the Office of Family Life at 646-794-3181 or by April 18th and provide your name and the number of family members attending.

Strong Catholic Families

To continue the discussions initiated at our Engage – Educate – Encourage meetings held these past few months, the Office of Family Life urges all pastors, priests, deacons, religious, catechetical and pastoral leaders, family life coordinators, and all interested parishioners to attend one of the following gatherings where Strong Catholic Families – Partnering with Parents will be explained further.

Strong Catholic Families helps church leaders envision how the Catholic Church can more effectively partner with parents to help foster Catholic family life.

April 24-26, May 1 in English

May 2 in en español

All meetings are from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. 


Prayer and Relationship with Christ






Contact Us

Office of Family Life

Theodore Musco, Director, Office of Family Life

  • 646-794-3186

Jeanne Travis, Associate

  • 646-794-3181

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


Lisa Del Valle, Bilingual Family Life Support Specialist

  • 646-794-3188

Yorleni Tavarez-Sanchez, Bilingual Family Life Support Specialist

  • 646-794-3199
Fertility Awareness/ NFP

Cassie Moriarty, Fertility/NFP Educator/Consultant

  • 803-606-2121

Vinny DaSilva, Associate Director – Office of Family Life

  • 646-794-3168

Sue DiSisto, Parenting/Family Life Coordinator

  • 646-794-3191

Vincent DaSilva,Associate Director – Office of 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

  • 646-794-3188