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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 

Link to Synod on the Family

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

24th November 2017
Sharing the good news: Celebrating Parents

Sharing the good news: Keighley Skipton deanery celebrates parents!

On Wednesday 23rd November at St Anne's parish church in Keighley a celebration Mass was held to mark the end of the first phase of the training of six new parenting facilitators in the Keighley/Skipton deanery.


29th November 2017
Parenting Facilitator Training (in 4 mini sessions)

Following the succesful completion of Part 1 of the Keighley Skipton deanery training for new parenting facilitators, we are about to start on a centrally based (at Hinsley Hall) training for those who do not live in the Keighley Skipton deanery but who would like to start parenting courses where they are. 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>>

13th April 2016

See the latest news from Family Life Ministry in dioceses all over England and Wales 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.



14th April 2016
RIP Anne Conway

It is with huge sadness that I share the news that Anne Conway, Ursuline sister and the very first Coordinator for Family Life Ministry in this diocese, died on Easter Sunday. (Photos courtesy Rev Maureen Browell). For details of Anne's memorial service here in the Diocese of Leeds read on... More>>
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