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Family Life Ministry (FLM)

Diocese of Leeds

Started in the 1990s by Fr John Nunan, and

led by Sr Anne Conway (deceased 2016) as

the first full time Coordinator,

Family Life Ministry in the Diocese of Leeds

has been a broad spectrum positive, proactive

peer ministry for all families.

Since 2013 Family Life Ministry has been staffed

by one person, one day a week (term time).

The current focus is on positive parenting support

via local trained parenting course facilitators.

(This website is now mostly archive material

and is only updated for current work and news)

Parenting Coordinator: Breda Theakston


  • Parenting Courses
  • Parenting Facilitator training 

Mobile - 0776 17 15 101

Office 0113 261 8050 (usually Tuesdays)  

Email - [email protected] /* */ 

As I work one day a week, flexibly, there may be times when there is a delay in my response. 

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For more about the courses we use go to www.familycaring.co.uk
Despite recent changes in provision this website will continue to share significant news items and updates

Marriage Preparation: This office no longer provides marriage preparation or marriage preparation presenter training. For all wedding and all marriage preparation enquiries please contact your parish priest

Marriage Care provides one day marriage preparation courses called 'Preparing Together'. 

The Diocese of Leeds is a Full Member of FAMILIAS, the national Association for Catholic Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Ministry  



FAMILIAS Newsletter 

National Marriage and Family Life Website 

Synod on the Family 2014 



 "The well-being of the individual person and of human and Christian society is intimately linked with the healthy condition of that community produced by marriage and family"

Gaudium et Spes 47


Latest News

23rd January 2017
Understanding your fertility

Train, online and in Manchester, Birmingham or London, to to be a Natural Family Planning teacher with the Natural Family Planning Association. More>>

23rd January 2017
The Joy of Love

The FAMILIAS event for 2017 is an introduction to Pope Francis' recent exhortation on family life, Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love. See which regional event is closest to you. (See below for an introduction to Amoris Laetitia and to download your free copy) More>>

10th March 2015
The Joy of Love

Amoris Laetitia (meaning the Joy of Love) is a long but rich text showing how mercy does not have to compromise teaching but is the very light by which we must consider the pastoral care for the family in all its manifestations. Download your free copy Amoris LaetitiaMore>>

16th January 2017
Towards a Listening Church

Please see letter from John Battle, Chair of Leeds Justice and Peace Commission, for information about this day conference in Leeds on Saturday 18th February 2017... More>>

10th March 2015
Train to be a Marriage Preparation Presenter

Marriage Care now offers marriage preparation days in this diocese and are currently looking for volunteers to train.



3rd January 2017
Parenting Facilitator Training (in 6 mini sessions)

Spring training schedule for new parenting facilitators: based in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Leeds has begun. The Introductory Session of this 6 part course was held on Thursday 19th.  More>>
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