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40 Days for Life  | Respect Life Office 

40 Days for Life is a life-saving prayer campaign that will take place throughout our Archdiocese starting on September 28th and concluding November 6th. 40 Days for Life is a peaceful initiative consisting of 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil at abortion facilities, and educational outreach with the goal of protecting mothers and their children from abortion. Nearly 22,000 unborn children have been saved from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns.  To learn more about the 40 Days for Life campaign, visit:

For information about participating in the 40 Days for Life campaigns in the Archdiocese, contact the following leaders: 

Clinical Pastoral Education | ArchCare & Respect Life Office 

ArchCare is currently accepting applications for our spring Clinical Pastoral Education unit at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center and Calvary Hospital.  The unit will run Feb. 01 – June 22, through online classes on Wednesdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm ET and two 8-hour in-person sessions on 4/12 and 6/14. Additionally, CPE students are required to provide 16 clinical hours per week. See 2023 Spring Flyer. 

  • To Apply: Download an ACPE application from and email to the TCC Registrar Chaplain Juan Toro at [email protected] or Calvary Registrar Rev. Lynne Pappalardi at [email protected]. ACPE Certified Educator: Rev. David Fleenor, BCC, STM. 

Educate, Encourage, Engage Gatherings | Family Life Office 

The Archdiocesan Family Life Office will host a series of gatherings “Educate—Encourage—Engage” beginning this November 10 at various locations throughout the archdiocese. The purpose of these gatherings is for the Family Life Office staff to meet and greet parish staff (clergy and laity, paid and volunteer) ministering in any field of Family Life including, but not limited to, marriage preparation, marriage enrichment, parenting, separated and divorced, bereavement, pornography, etc.

We will also explore the riches found in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2021 document Called to the Joy of Love: National Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry.

Click here for the document:

This important document focuses on four pillars: Prayer and Relationship with Christ, Formation, Accompaniment, and Advocacy which form the foundation for this important ministry.

National Synthesis for the Diocesan Phase of the 2021-2023 Synod | USCCB

The document that follows is an attempt to synthesize and contextualize the common joys, hopes, and wounds called forth with the help of the Holy Spirit in the unfolding of the Synod. The National Synthesis simply tries faithfully to express what emerged from the consultations. While not a complete articulation of the many topics and perspectives shared in the listening process, this synthesis is an attempt to express the broader themes that seemed most prevalent in the dioceses and regions of our country. Its writing is the fruit of an intensive time of prayer, reflection, and discernment by those on the U.S. Synod writing team.   

Pre-Cana Sessions | Family Life

A Spanish Pre-Cana session has been added to the schedule at St. Philip Neri Church in the Bronx on Saturday, December 17, 2022.

The upcoming English and Spanish Pre-Cana sessions are as follows:

  • 10/22/22 Virtual Pre-Cana (Spanish) 
  • 10/29/22 at St. Joseph’s Seminary (English)
  • 11/5/22 Virtual Pre-Cana (English)
  • 11/12/22 at Don Bosco Retreat Center (Rockland)(English)
  • 11/19/22 at Cardinal Cooke Building (1011) (Spanish)
  • 12/17/22 at St. Philip Neri Church (Bronx) (Spanish)

For further information, updates, and/or registration, please contact the Family Life Office at 646-794- 3193 / 646-794-3199 or simply visit our website: familiar/preparacionmatrimonial/

Respect Life Month & Respect Life Week Curriculum | Respect Life Office

Respect Life Month

In recent months, in the wake of the Dobbs decision, there has been a flood of misinformation in the media about abortion and women’s health care.  Your parishioners likely have many questions about this important topic. Attached you will find a helpful graphic insert that you might consider including in your bulletin at some point during the next month. It was created by the USCCB and addresses many of the common misconceptions related to abortion, the law, and women’s health care. (Spanish and English) 

Respect Life Week Curriculum

Education on the sanctity of human life is of critical importance. Consider implementing the Respect Life Week curriculum in your school and/or CCD program. The curriculum is available for free online with lesson plans on a wide-range of life issues. This year’s topics are: poverty, the death penalty, celebrating special needs, abortion, and racism. The material is presented at an age-appropriate level for all grades (PK-12). All Archdiocesan elementary schools will celebrate Respect Life Week Oct 17-21.  You can access the curriculum on the Respect Life Office website.

Survey of the Permanent Diaconate | Office of the Vicar General

Bishop Ed Whalen, in his role as vicar for clergy, is writing to all the priests and  permanent deacons asking for a thorough review of the diaconate program of formation and ministry. Included are guidelines which will be helpful for feedback