Pastoral Framework for Marriage and Family Life Ministry
Called to the Joy of Love was developed by the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was approved by the USCCB at its June 2021 Plenary Assembly. The framework is intended to assist dioceses as local pastoral planning and implementation continue to take place since the publication of the 2016 apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. It provides guidelines for the pastoral accompaniment of married couples and families in every phase of life, drawing upon the teachings and recommendations contained in the apostolic exhortation.
The USCCB has created inventories to assist dioceses, eparchies, and parishes in identifying resources that are currently available to couples preparing for marriage, married couples, and families: