"Among the many blessings that God has showered upon us in Christ is the blessing of marriage, a gift bestowed by the Creator from the creation of the human race…
"It is a source of blessing to the couple, to their families, and to society and includes the wondrous gift of co-creating human life.
"Indeed, as Pope John Paul II never tired of reminding us, the future of humanity depends on marriage and the family."
USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan, 2009

Major USCCB Marriage Projects & Activities


The Bishops launched the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage in 2005 to call attention to the meaning and value of married life for the Church and for society. The crowning achievement of the Initiative was the Bishops' 2009 pastoral letter, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.

The Initiative's other activities included: a research study on Catholics and marriage; focus groups with married couples, priests, and canon lawyers; an analysis of diocesan marriage preparation policies; and dialogues with social scientists and theologians

The Bishops reaffirmed their strong support for marriage and the family by identifying "strengthening marriage and family life" as one of four strategic priorities of the USCCB for the current planning period of 2017-2020.

Ongoing web initiatives of the USCCB


For Your Marriage offers practical help and advice whether you're seriously dating, engaged, or at any stage of married life. If you're planning a Catholic wedding, you'll find information on everything from choosing the music and readings to marrying someone who is not Catholic. On the homepage check out the Daily Marriage Tips, book reviews, and blogs by engaged and married couples.


Marriage: Unique for a Reason is part of the Bishops' ongoing efforts to promote and defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It offers educational resources for those who want to better understand and articulate the Church's teaching on marriage. It features five video resources: Made for Each Other, Made for Life, Made for Freedom, Made for the Common Good, and El Matrimonio: Hecho para el Amor y Vida (in Spanish with English subtitles), as well as FAQs about marriage, a library of Church teaching, and an ongoing blog.


The Por tu Matrimonio website is a space to inspire, assist and encourage Spanish-speaking couples to live their marriage more fully.  Por Tu Matrimonio es un espacio para inspirar, ayudar y exhortar a las parejas de habla hispana a vivir más plenamente su relación de pareja.


"The family, which is founded and given life by love, is a community of persons: of husband and wife, of parents and children, of relatives. Its first task is to live with fidelity the reality of communion in a constant effort to develop an authentic community of persons."
Pope Saint John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio,1981

Church Teaching and Guidance on Marriage and Family Life

Catholic Marriage and Family Life Associations and Movements

  • NACFLM The National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM) works with the U.S. bishops to implement initiatives on behalf of marriage and family life. It also has contact with many other Catholic associations and groups that promote marriage and family life.
  • U.S. and International Directories (coming soon)


Marriage and Family