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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

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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.


Bishop Tebartz-van Elst: Jubilee Year Gives Us All a Chance to Be ‘Pilgrims of Hope’

During a visit to the Archdiocese of New York earlier this month, Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the Vatican’s Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization, introduced archdiocesan leadership to preliminary plans for the 2025 Jubilee year, which will begin on December 24, 2024.

Click here to read the full story in The Good Newsroom.

Second Annual Family Life Conference Focuses on Helping Families Grow in Faith

At the New York archdiocesan Family Life Conference, speakers and organizers sought to help participants better understand the importance of family in our world today, “expanding our vision as to what we can do to help families grow in faith,” said Ted Musco, director of the Office of Family Life, sponsor of the second annual gathering.  

Click here to read the full story in The Good Newsroom.

Conferencia Sobre Vida Familiar se Centra en Ayudar a las Familias Crecer en la Fe

En la Conferencia sobre Vida Familiar, Arquidiócesis de Nueva York, los oradores y organizadores buscaron ayudar a los participantes a comprender mejor la importancia de la familia en nuestro mundo actual, “ampliando nuestra visión sobre lo que podemos hacer para ayudar a las familias a crecer en la fe”, dijo Ted Musco, director de la Oficina de Vida Familiar, patrocinadora del segundo encuentro anual.

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Office of Family Life Organizes Wine and Cheese Mixer for National Marriage Week

The night was focused on newer married couples taking a deeper look at how the meaning of the sacrament of Matrimony can contribute in daily life.

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RENEW International

Do you want to experience a transformative faith journey? RENEW International has the resources and team to support you every step of the way.

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Discover our small-group experiences! Click here to learn more.

The Saint Gianna Mass

Join us for an evening of prayer for couples suffering infertility and miscarriage.

Thursday, May 16, 2024
6:30 PM
The Church of St. Catherine of Siena
411 E. 68th St.

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Golden Jubilee Wedding Mass

The Archdiocese of New York’s Golden Jubilee Wedding Mass will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 2:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Mass is for couples celebrating 50 years of marriage in 2024.

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Couples must register with their parish. Registration will close on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 5:00 PM


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.” Click here to learn more about the Ulma Family Relics and Exhibit coming to the Archdiocese of New York.


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

Estefany Toribio, Hispanic Ministry Coordinator, 646 794-3180

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