Take a moment to reflect, learn, and be inspired by diocesan NFP coordinators who are faithful, smart, hard-working, creative, and generous!


The resources on this page are authored by past and present diocesan NFP coordinators. They are written "in their own words" and are offered to provide you, the diocesan NFP leader with inspiration and ideas to strengthen NFP ministry in your diocese.

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Topics

Chastity Education and the NFP Coordinator

Diocesan NFP Programming 

Diocesan NFP Coordinator Witness Stories

Lead with Church Teaching

 


Chastity Education and the NFP Coordinator

  • Parent/Child Chastity and Fertility Appreciation

    "A Gift for NFP Teachers/Couples,"
    Mary Pat Van Epps. Published in the USCCB's Diocesan Activity Report for NFP (1990). 
    The NFP coordinator for the Diocese of Memphis, Mary Pat Van Epps, shares encouraging stories about her Mother/Daughter and Father/Son programs in the parishes. Mary Pat calls these programs a true gift for families and the NFP movement! (NB: Mrs. Van Epps has given the USCCB permission to share the original curriculum. Please contact @email for a digital copy.)

     

Diocesan NFP Programming

 


Diocesan NFP Coordinator Witness Stories

  •  "An Unexpected Journey,"
    Karen D. Poehailos, MD, CFCMC, Diocese of Richmond (2013). 
    Dr. Karen Poehailos reflects on the road she traveled to become a diocesan NFP coordinator. Her story reveals how surprising God can be as He calls His children to seek the truth.
     

 


Lead with Church Teaching

  • Lead with Church Teaching (Video, 2020)
    NFP Conversations with Alice Heinzen (Diocese of La Crosse) and Cindy Leonard (Diocese of Phoenix) about the importance of leading with Church teaching in NFP ministry.
     
  • "Holiness and Sweetness a Call to a Wider Apostolate" Part I: Spirituality
    Deacon Walter Sweeney. Published in the USCCB's NFP Diocesan Activity Report (1991). 
    Deacon Sweeney offers hope and encouragement to those in the NFP movement. His words inspire teachers and coordinators to recognize their work in Natural Family Planning as a unique gift from God meant to be shared with joy.

    "Holiness and Sweetness a Call to a Wider Apostolate" Part II: A Wider Apostolate,
    Deacon Walter Sweeney. Published in the USCCB's NFP Diocesan Activity Report (1991). 
    Part II of Deacon Sweeney's reflection. He provides strong encouragement to the NFP community to be courageous with its message. Deacon Sweeney urges leaders to "dig deeper" in order to continually make the movement stronger and full of life.
     
  • Integrating Church Teaching into NFP Instruction,
    Elizabeth and Charles Balsam, Diocese of Beaumont, TX. Published in NFP Diocesan Activity Report (1993). 
    NFP Coordinator Beth Balsam and Diocesan Family Life Director Charles Balsam reveal frank and beautiful insights into NFP as more than a methodology. They remind coordinators to maintain the beauty of marriage within their teachings on NFP.
     
  • NFP in Arlington: Striving for Responsible Parenthood,
    Robert E. Laird, Assistant Director for Family Life, Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Published in the USCCB's NFP Diocesan Activity Report (1993). 
    The success rate of the Diocese of Arlington's NFP Program prompted this article detailing the formula for success found within the clergy, presenters, and the overall focus of the program.



 

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