Family Life Commission

The Family Life Commission exists as a result of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Congress 1995. It aims to provide Family Life Ministry in the Archdiocese of Cardiff.

Commission members are a group of volunteers, aiming for a representative of each deanery, with a co-opted member representing the the Union of Catholic Mothers, and the support of the priest advisor, Canon Matthew Jones. The archdiocesan parenting support worker, Joanne White, formerly a deanery representative on the Commission, now works in close cooperation with the Commission.

The areas we support:

We encourage contacts in parishes to develop ways to celebrate marriage
We aim to nurture and encourage marriage
We hold an annual Marriage celebration Mass
We provide training to those who support the bereaved
We work with families in developing a spirituality at home
We support grandparent and links to grandparents associations
We work with parishes setting up and supporting parish family groups


Ansti Corellis

Ansti joined the commission in  1995. She is married with three children and has been in education for all of her working life. She has taught in Catholic  Secondary schools in both England and Wales. She feels strongly that young people must be involved and be pro active in all decisions that are made  and in “Home is a Holy Place”, tried to champion the needs of our young people. Since working in the Commission, she has taken an active role in the development of the work of Bereavement in the diocese. She has been involved in all Bereavement Support Training and is also a Registered Director of Rainbows. Ansti is active in bereavement support, is Cardiff deanery representative and Commission Chair.

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Kevin Lawrence

Kevin has been on the commission since it’s inception, he is married and has three grown up children and has been a keen promoter of the benefits of a good supportive family structure.  He was a relationship counsellor for twenty years and has been involved in parenting courses since his children reached the teenage stage.  He presently works full time for a Local Authority supporting parents with relationship difficulties and aspects of parenting. Kevin often has an input in the befriending the bereaved training that the commission delivers, and supports and promotes the work of the Archdiocesan Parenting Officer. He is also an approved facilitator trainer of the Family Caring Trust programmes.

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Steve Jones

Joined the Family Life Commission in 2010  and one of my roles is to facilitate marriage preparation courses I deliver with my wife Tessa in Caerphilly the courses are run on behalf of Marriage Care We liaise closely with Marriage Care Cardiff and I am also the Chair of Marriage Care Newport providing a link to the Family Life Commission. A member of the Commission since 2010 I believe it is important for the Church to fully support family life in all its forms.

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Tel: 02920 888240

Marriage preparation and Pontypridd deanery representative

Joanne White

Parenting support worker for the Archdiocese for more details follow link below

Commission Member since 2004, when she joined in a voluntary role as Newport deanery representative having acted as a parish co-ordinator for the Listening 2004 Survey.

Joanne, mother to 2 teenage girls, has been working part time for the Catholic Archdiocese of Cardiff for 5 years now as a paid Parenting Support Worker (since July 2008) and works in partnership with the commission. She is currently working with the parishes of the archdiocese to enable more effective engagement with parents and their involvement in church life. Joanne co-ordinates and supervises a team of Volunteer parenting programme facilitators and is also an approved Facilitator Trainer for the Family Caring Trust.

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Tel: 02920 365964

Sheila Walton

I was co-opted in 2015 on to the FLC as a representative of the UCM (Union of Catholic Mothers). I was asked to represent the UCM by our Archdiocesan President, Deirdre Sullivan, when our previous representative, Mo Mowlan, sadly passed away.

I am married with 3 grown children and have 8 grandchildren. Family Life is important to me and the UCM of which I have been a member for more than 40 years. Although, I haven’t any particular expertise in the work of the FLC, I have always been active in Parish life and in Catholic schools, having been a member of St. Cadoc’s Parish Council and, also, a school governor of St. llltyd’s High School. Before retiring, I worked in public libraries for 10 years and in a university library for nearly 20 years. I think the work of the Family Life Commission is very important, at a time, when family life is under a lot of modern day pressure. Some families need help and encouragement at certain times of their lives and the FLC, with the support of the Archdiocese, are able to give this.