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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.


Please see below for news stories featuring the recent work of the Office of Family Life.

Over 300 Couples in Archdiocese Celebrate 50 Years of Marriage

There were more than 225 couples from 98 parishes present at the Mass. Not all of the couples marking 50 years of marriage were able to attend but the total number of Golden Jubilee couples in the archdiocese this year was over 300.

The cathedral was filled with the couples and their children, grandchildren and even some great-grandchildren to celebrate this milestone as a family.

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

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst during the early moments of the Mass he celebrated as part of the Family Life Conference in Tarrytown, Saturday, April 13, 2024. Photo by Armando Machado/The Good Newsroom

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.

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst speaks to executives of the Archdiocese of New York during a visit to the Terence Cardinal Cookie New York Catholic Center in Manhattan, April 15, 2024. Photo by Steven Schwankert/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.

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst during the early moments of the Mass he celebrated as part of the Family Life Conference in Tarrytown, Saturday, April 13, 2024. Photo by Armando Machado/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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Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst during the early moments of the Mass he celebrated as part of the Family Life Conference in Tarrytown, Saturday, April 13, 2024. Photo by Armando Machado/The Good Newsroom

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.

Click here to watch the video from The Good Newsroom.


Post-Cana Connections Brunch

Saturday, June 29, 2024
11 AM – 1 PM

Enjoy a morning of good food and good company with the Office of Family Life at our Manhattan Post-Cana Connections Brunch! Socialize with other couples in the early stages of their marriage, and learn about upcoming programming for married couples in the Archdiocese.

This event is open to any couple living in the Archdiocese and married for less than 5 years. Tickets per couple are $25.

Church of the Blessed Sacrament
152 West 71st Street
New York, NY 10023

Register for the brunch here.

SALT Carmelite Missionary Program: June 17-28

Monday, June 17, 2024 – Friday, June 28, 2024

The SALT Carmelite Missionary Program will foster respect for the dignity of the human person in all stages of life, with particular emphasis on the elderly.

This program will bring young adults and the elderly together in mutual relationship and understanding, bridging the gap between these two generations both in the Catholic Church and in the world.

St. Patrick’s Manor
863 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701-4892

To register for the 2024 Salt Program please contact:
Sr. Mary O’ Donovan, O.Carm.
[email protected]
(845) 768-2303

Learn more about the SALT program.

New Life Retreat Livestream

July 26, 2024 – July 27, 2024

New Life is a peer ministry program that helps couples prepare for a “New Life” together. The complex issues couples face in remarriage are significant. This retreat is specifically designed for you. Gain insights into yourselves and your relationship.

This is a virtual event exclusively for those living outside the Houston-Metro area.

In the Beginning… Coping With Life Alone

Saturday, June 22, 2024
9 AM – 4 PM

Beginning Experience of the Hudson Valley invites men and women of all ages who are grieving the end of a spousal relationship due to death, divorce, or separation to an online program. Registration is required.

To pre-register or for more information, please call Denise at (845) 325-3147, or Jim at (845) 569-9452. You can also fill out our contact form, and someone from our team will give you a call.

This is a virtual event.

Learn more about this event.


Trivia Cards? Devotions? Conversation Starters? Fun in Every way!

Offer a unique, enjoyable approach to foster faith-learning and engagement within families. These tools send the message home and creates a fun and educational environment to grow in the love of Christ. 

Creative Communications designs faith resources to be inspirational tools for faith leaders and families. Perfectly affordable and practically sized, there are many ways to use these resources creatively.

Learn more.


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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