Ministry Leader Corner

Welcome! Our work never stops

Welcome to the Family Life Ministry leader corner. You will find training options, collaboration, and volunteering opportunities.

Formación en el Ministerio del Consuelo

“Dios nos consuela en todos nuestros sufrimientos para que también nosotros podamos consolar al que sufre con el consuelo que recibimos de Él”. - 2 Corintios 1, 4

¿Te sientes llamado a practicar la Obra de Misericordia de consolar al triste? ¿Quieres salir al encuentro de Jesús en los que están sufriendo? Cuando consolamos a otros, experimentamos en nosotros la misericordia de Dios, nos sentimos útiles ayudando a los demás y vamos creciendo en la aceptación de nuestro propio duelo.

La Oficina de Vida Familiar, invita a participar en la primera formación en español, a quienes sienten el llamado a ser Ministros del Consuelo. Aprenderás a acompañar a personas que están sufriendo la pérdida de seres queridos y recibirás herramientas y recursos para iniciar un Grupo de Consuelo en tu Parroquia.

Las sesiones serán los días 12 y 13 de mayo de 2021 en Cameron Retreat Center en St. Dominic Village, de 8:30 am a 4:30 pm. El costo de esta formación es de $60. (Incluye almuerzo y material).

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FOCCUS Facilitator Training

FOCCUS is one of our most popular couple assessment instruments we use in marriage preparation and accompaniment. As each couple member responds to the survey independently, FOCCUS covers communication, finances, sexual life, spirituality, parenting, and other areas relevant to assess their couple's life, identify hot spots, and have focused conversations, with the accompaniment of a facilitator.

Registrations are open for online instructor-led training either for BECOMING a facilitator or REFRESHING your knowledge of the instrument's use. Priests, deacons, religious, parish staff, counselors, and ministry leaders are invited.

  • BECOME a FOCCUS facilitator May 19, 2021 9:00 – 1:00 PM
  • CONVIÉRTETE en facilitador de FOCCUS 26 de Mayo 2021 9:00 – 1:00 PM
  • REFRESHER facilitator training May 18, 2021 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • ACTUALÍZATE en FOCCUS 25 de Mayo, 2021 9:00 – 11:00 AM

The instrument is already available in English and Spanish. FOCCUS leadership is implementing a significant upgrade on the Spanish version, and this tool will be available in Vietnamese shortly.

So we encourage you to take this opportunity to acquire or refresh your skills for better serving our families across the archdiocese.

Registration fees:

Become 150 USD, includes the facilitator manual. Refresher 50 USD.

Kindly register at CVENT, or call Griselda Morales at 713-741-8710 if you have any questions.

Certificate in Family Life

The University of St. Thomas Nesti Center for Faith & Culture, in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Family Life Office, offers a new Family Life Certificate Program beginning in fall 2021.

This multi-dimensional program includes solid theological and updated pastoral formation in professional ecclesial ministry designed for parish and organizational leaders. The curriculum, designed and taught at a master's degree level, provides a unique formation opportunity not available anywhere else in the USA.

In the ecumenical spirit of the Nesti Center for Faith and Culture, we welcome inquirers of all faith traditions. Learn with us, so that families can grow in faith with you!

If the Spirit is calling you to accompany families please contact us at: or visit

NFP Instructors Welcome

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is required content in the marriage preparation process in the archdiocese and also a privileged opportunity for formation in human sexuality. We are constantly in the journey of forming instructors and connecting them with their respective parish communities for this exceptionally beautiful ministry.

The archdiocese provides support for funding the NFP instructor certification programs, identifying teaching opportunities, and receiving ongoing support for the method of your choosing in English and Spanish.

If you are an active NFP instructor and you are not connected to the archdiocesan network yet, please contact us!

For additional information kindly contact Sr. Maricruz Ortiz at or 713-741-8711.

Marriage Preparation Leading and Sponsor Couples

We have a very active Archdiocesan Marriage Preparation program that never stops. At this moment we have 8 different options available in English and Spanish and some of them are actively looking for expanding their teams. The archdiocese provides general orientation for selecting your ministry, networking opportunities, ongoing formation, access to retreat centers, and logistic support for celebrating your events. 

If you are interested in collaborating on the formation of new families with the profound and beautiful spirituality we have at the Catholic Church please contact our director, Ricardo Medina at 713-741-8709.