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Standards for Diocesan NFP Ministry


The bishops' Standards for Diocesan Natural Family Planning Ministry articulate the philosophy, basic structure, services and professionalism of diocesan NFP ministry. For diocesan NFP coordinators who are in the midst of building NFP ministry, this document can act as a development instrument. It identifies all the essential elements for strong diocesan NFP ministry. For those diocesan NFP coordinators who already have a well-established NFP ministry, the Standards can be used as a "self-evaluation" tool assisting in the continued growth of the program. The Standards have a formal process of implementation   
"Helping couples to deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood is part of the Church's total pastoral ministry to Catholic spouses. ... To help couples become proficient and secure in using NFP, dioceses must provide competent NFP services." (Introduction, Standards for Diocesan NFP Ministry, p. 1)

Diocesan NFP ministry represents a unique blend of education in human fertility and Catholic teachings on marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. Diocesan NFP teachers represent a variety of methods and come from diverse schools. Within this complex national picture, the Standards for Diocesan NFP Ministry exist to ensure consistency, create a diocesan team, and maintain the integrity of Catholic teaching on marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The Standards therefore, describe the basic program components and "set the expectations as to what knowledge and skills the NFP teachers should have as they work within their dioceses." (Ibid.). Fundamentally, the Standards serve as a blueprint for diocesan program growth and activities. 

The text of the Standards can be read in the following formats:

Diocesan NFP coordinators and directors of NFP teacher training programs are invited to review the implementation process. Diocesan NFP teachers can participate in the process through a diocesan NFP program that meets the Standards for Diocesan NFP Ministry. To read more, see the following:

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