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Office of Family Life

Prayer and Relationship with Christ




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

Click on the boxes below for information and resources.


The Office of Family Life of the Archdiocese of New York cultivates prayer, formation, accompaniment, and advocacy through outreach to families in their homes, parishes, and Catholic schools.

National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. For ideas on how to honor and support family caregivers, see the Bereavement and Challenging Issues page for more details.


The Holy Father’s decision to beatify Józef and Wiktoria Ulma and their seven children serves as a reminder for all families that the call to holiness is not exclusive to individuals but a call for families who even within all the daily and sometimes difficult demands of family life can attain. The Ulma family’s beatification reiterates the great value of family life for they exemplified the love of Christ through their valiant act of mercy and remained steadfast to the commandment given by our Lord Jesus Christ, “love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” 


Virtual Advent Faith-Sharing

These zoom meetings, led by Deacon Charles Paolino, will include reflection, prayer, and Bible readings as well as opportunities for conversations and sharing in breakout groups!

Thursdays from November 30 to December 21 at 7 pm

Partage de Foi Virtuel pour l’Avent (Créole Haïtien/French) avec Soeurette Fougère

Compartir la fe durante el Adviento (español) con la Hna. Ruth Bolarte

Longest Married Couple Search

With National Marriage Week approaching, the Office of Family Life is beginning its annual search for the Longest Married Couple in the Archdiocese of New York!

If you would like to enter a couple, please email entries that include the couple’s name, address, marriage date (month, day, year), and parish, along with your contact information to:

[email protected] | 646-794-3183

The deadline for entry is Sunday, January 14, 2024. Previous winners do not qualify.

A More Peaceful Family By Christmas:

Free webinar on The Catholic Parents’ Guide to Advent, Sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York Marriage and Family Life Office and Ave Maria Radio. With Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak.

Monday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Sign up today!


Main number for the Office of Family Life, 646-794-3185

Theodore Musco, Director of the Office of Family Life, 646-794-3181

Carmen Luis, Office of Family Life Assistant, 646-794-3181

Kayla Beiter, Married Couples Evangelization Coordinator, 646-794-3183

Alessandra Carino, Marriage Catechumenate Coordinator, 646-794-3168

Carmen Noschese, Separated and Divorced Ministry Coordinator, 646-794-3194

Meaghan Quirk, Family Life Initiatives Coordinator, 646-794-3191

Gonzalo Alvarado, Consolation, & Challenging Issues Coordinator, 646-794-3193

Elise Mazzetti, Parent Formation Coordinator, 646-794-3199

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