Office for Family Life

The Office for Family Life places itself at the service of parishes and families
so that they can answer their call to holiness and help form communities
of love and life in Jesus Christ. Our primary goal is to help families
become what they are by realizing these four tasks:

  • Forming a Community of Persons
  • Serving Life
  • Participating in the development of Society
  • Sharing in the life and mission of the Church

Why Get Married in the Catholic Church?
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Marriage and Family

Marriage Retreats for Engaged Couples

A list of the retreats offered in our diocese.

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Men's Ministry

Whether you are a seasoned dad, a new dad, a dad-to-be, or a single guy wanting to know more about fatherhood, there is something for you.

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Women's Ministry

The desire for community – Bringing together women of all ages and stages of spiritual maturity

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FOCCUS Marriage Ministries

A comprehensive, user-friendly tool for use by lay individuals, couples or professionals who are helping couples prepare for marriage.

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Youth & Young Adult Ministry


Are you or someone you know in a struggling marriage?


Divorce is difficult and messy. When a Roman Catholic experiences divorce, there is much confusion, from receiving communion to an understanding of the annulment process, the Catholic Church’s views on dating, and certainly the issue of remarriage. Catholic women and men struggle to find support and healing from divorce. Hopefully this site provides needed support. Learn More >>

End of Life

In this third millennium, our society is blessed by advances in science and technology. This is especially true in the area of medicine and health care. Medical science presents a vast array of treatments and procedures that offer both cure and care to those who suffer from illness and infirmity. At the same time, these medical procedures present individuals and their families with agonizing questions regarding the use of this technology to sustain human life. In a culture and society where an estimated 75–80% of us will die in some kind of institutional setting, we are all likely to face difficult decisions regarding treatment and care at the end of life.


Theology of the Body Unlocks the Meaning of Our Humanity


Congratulations!  As a parent, God has entrusted the well-being of your children to you. He has called you to be the first and the most important person in the life of your children. You are the ‘primary educator; with three main duties:

  1. Create a family atmosphere animated with love and reverence for God and others so that each child becomes personally and spiritually well-rounded.
  2. Develop a strong and lasting bond of trust with each child so that each one will become emotionally and socially mature.
  3. Set godly standards and expectations for each child so that each one will develop moral character.

Pornography is extremely addictive and damaging to a person’s ability to give and receive love.  This page has some valuable resources.

Same Sex Attraction

This web page contains a collection of on-line articles, videos, websites, books and frequently asked questions that provide a clearer understanding of Catholic Church teaching in reference to same sex attraction. The resources focus on such foundational topics as human dignity, friendship, chastity, pastoral care, marriage, same sex attraction and the effects of living a homosexual lifestyle and are meant to be explored collectively. The suggested audience is found under each resource. 

Catholic Life Articles

Here are a few Catholic Life articles. To read the full article, click on the blue colored title.

  • A Place of Peace – Galen’s journey of FaithA Place of Peace – Galen’s journey of Faith
    “We are not converted only once in our lives but many times and this endless series of conversions and inner revolutions leads to our transformation.”–Thomas Merton “It has taken me so much soul-searching and prayer to choose to be a participant in the Faith journey from a private life to… Read more »
  • The Joy of LifeThe Joy of Life
    Aleka and Ben celebrate the gift of each other Aleka and Ben Loux live in a modest, attractive twin home in Baldwin, about 30 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul, just off nearby Interstate 94 and about an 18-mile drive northeast of River Falls. A conspicuous and friendly welcome sign sits… Read more »
  • Finding Hope in GodFinding Hope in God
    Heather and Dave build a firm foundation on the Catholic Faith Heather Stein has been a parishioner of St. Joseph Parish in Stratford her entire life. “I grew up on a dairy farm just outside of Stratford,” she says. “My brother and sister and I were baptized at St. Joseph… Read more »
  • Together in FaithTogether in Faith
    Brent and Kelly Hutchison of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Genoa are living and loving life. Relocating from Beloit in 2013, the couple sought a quieter pace of life and the scenic countryside of Southwestern Wisconsin after Brent had fond memories growing up visiting his grandparents in the area. They… Read more »
  • To Seek and to SurrenderTo Seek and to Surrender
    “Holiness is not for wimps and the cross is not negotiable, sweetheart, it’s a requirement.” –Mother Angelica Melissa Cochran of All Saints Parish in Stanley has been on a lifelong journey of discovery, experiencing her fair share of both suffering and joy along the way. Following her beloved Mother Angelica’s… Read more »

Contact Information

Office for Family Life/NFP
Phone: 608.791.2673

Chris Rogers, Director

Beth Johnson, Administrative Assistant

Christy Kitzhaber
Natural Family Planning Coordinator