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Family Life Ministry - Diocese of Leeds

Family Life Ministry (FLM)

Diocese of Leeds

Started in the 1990s by Bishop David Konstant

with 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
  • Parenting Training Fund

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

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'. 

Rebecca Thorat, Volunteer Recruitment Manager at Marriage Care, has asked us to inform you of a number of volunteering opportunities opening up at Marriage Care which you may wish to circulate through your local networks. These include: Heads of Centre to support local teams in London, Reading and Tyneside; Marriage Preparation Course Facilitators to deliver one-day courses for small groups of couples preparing to marry in the Catholic Church and Parish Liaison Officers to foster mutually supportive relationships with local clergy and parishes.

For more information please visit Marriage Care's volunteer page at: www.marriagecare.org.uk/volunteer 

or email volunteer@marriagecare.org.uk

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

ASSOCIATE membership is open to those who work with the Diocesan Family Life Ministry representative.

Anyone can apply to be a 'FRIEND' of Familias.

FAMILIAS Membership Leaflet

FAMILIAS Newsletter 

National Marriage and Family Life Website 

Synod on the Family 2014 

Domestic Abuse Guidelines

The Catechism of the Catholic Church 

Coming up: The World Meeting of Families Dublin 2018 


 "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

Despite recent changes in provision this website will continue to share significant news items and updates


Links to external websites provided on this website have been checked but we cannot take responsibility for the content on external websites or that organisation's affiliations with third parties. The link is provided for information purposes only. The iocese of Leeds cannot and does not necessarily endorse the content on these websites.



Latest News

9th May 2017
Parenting Facilitator Training

Learn to facilitate Family Caring Trust (FCT) parenting programmes on this after school training during June and July in Bradford More>>

30th March 2017
Parenting Facilitator Training

This training is available free to all parishes and schools which wish to find new and supportive ways of engaging with parents in their home-school-parish communities.  


14th May 2017
Pope Francis on TED

Here is Pope Francis talking to people who like 'ideas worth spreading' More>>

29th March 2017
Family Catechesis Launch Dates

Confirmation Preparation will in future begin in Year 5 with children invited to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in Year 6. To support the catechesis of children at this age a new resource is being prepared. This is of particular interest to us because the model of catechesis being recommended is 'Family Catechesis'.  More>>

7th April 2017
Home is a Holy Place

Remember Home is a Holy Place, the attractive DVD resource pack fpor homes, schools and parishes? It would be a really helpful way to prepare for Family Catechesis (story above). More>>

3rd April 2017

Parenting under 12s - a survival guide is Care for the Family's latest presentation for parents. This 'evening of encouragement' sharing top tips and helpful insights is coming to Huddersfield in May. Discount on group bookings (more than 4). More>>
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