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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.


Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents In-Person Retreat

These spiritual retreats for grieving parents are offered by grieving parents. Join us on Saturday, June 17, 2023 from 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (1377 E. Main Street) in Shrub Oak, New York.

The Emmaus Ministry provides a safe place where one can find peace, comfort, and hope, at least for a time. The entire retreat focuses on the parents’ personal spiritual journey, where one can engage as much or as little as one wants.


*Scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required. Fee includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all retreat materials.

More Upcoming Events

See the complete listing of confirmed upcoming events from the Office of Family Life here.


Theodore Musco, Director, Office of Family Life
1011 First Ave., 7th Floor