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 M&FL Co-ordinator & Family Life 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 Marriage celebration Masses
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
Commission Chair and Bereavement Support Co-ordinator
Ansti joined the commission in 1995 as the Cardiff deanery representative and is the current Commission Chair; she is a wife, mother and newly a grandmother, now retired, having spent all her working life in education ,teaching 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 during the “Listening 2004” survey and subsequent initiatives, tried to champion the needs of our young people.
Since joining the Commission, Ansti has taken an active role in the development of the of Bereavement Support in the Archdiocese; she has been involved in all Bereavement Support Training and is the Registered Director of Rainbows in the Archdiocese; this organisation helps young people who have suffered loss of any kind.
Cardiff Deanery Representative and Accredited Parenting Programme Facilitator
Kevin has been on the commission since it’s inception, he is married, has three grown up children and grandchildren, 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 Family Life Worker. He is also an Approved Facilitator Trainer of the Family Caring Trust programmes.
Pontypridd Deanery Representative
Steve joined the Family Life Commission in 2010 as the Pontypridd Deanery Representative and believes it is important for the Church to fully support family life in all its forms. Together with his wife Tessa, he facilitates marriage preparation courses, which they delivers in Caerphilly; the courses are run on behalf of Marriage Care www.marriagecare.org.uk.
Tel: 02920 888240
Archdiocesan Family Life Worker (FLW) and Marriage & Family Life Co-ordinator.
Joanne, a wife and mother of adult children, joined the Commission in 2004, in a voluntary role as the Newport Deanery Representative, having acted as a parish co-ordinator for the Listening 2004 Survey. She has been employed by the diocese since July 2008, on a paid part time basis, initially as the Parenting Support Worker, a role that has since developed into the role of Family Life Worker (FLW) and includes responsibilities as the Marriage & Family Life Co-ordinator. As such, the FLW works in partnership with the commission, keeping them informed of National developments through regular contact with the M&FL National Project Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England And Wales.
Tel: 02920 365964
Co-opted member for the Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM)
In 2015, Sheila was asked to represent the UCM by their Archdiocesan President, when their previous representative, Mo Mullan, sadly passed away. Sheila is married with 3 grown children and has 8 grandchildren. Family Life is important to Shelia and the UCM, of which she has been a member for more than 40 years. Although, she feels she hasn’t any particular expertise in the work of the FLC, she has 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, Shelia worked in public libraries for 10 years and in a university library for nearly 20 years. She feels 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.