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.
The commission aims to promote and support family life specifically through Family Life Ministry within the Archdiocese of Cardiff.
The Commission members are mostly volunteers, with the expectation of a representative from each deanery, co-opted members representing the Union of Catholic Mothers and Marriage Care, a priest advisor, and the Archdiocesan Family Life Worker (paid role).
Commission Chair and Bereavement Support Co-ordinator
Ansti, who has been part of the commission since 1995, is married with three children and recently became a grandmother. She worked in Catholic education, in both England and Wales, for all of her working life, and feels strongly that young people must be involved and be proactive in all decisions that are made. She has tried to champion the needs of our young people at all times. Since working in the Commission, she has taken an active role in the development of the work of Bereavement in the Archdiocese and been involved in all Bereavement Support Training. Ansti is a Registered Director of Rainbows in the Archdiocese; Rainbows 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 its inception, 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 Family Life Worker. He is also an Accredited Facilitator and Approved Facilitator Trainer of the Family Caring Trust programmes.
Bridgend Deanery Representative TBA
Hereford Deanery Representative TBA
Pontypridd Deanery Representative TBA
Newport Deanery Representative and Co-opted member for Marriage Care
Kathryn joined the commission in 2018 as the Newport deanery representative. Married with two daughters, she moved to Cardiff Archdiocese from Nottingham diocese in 2016 where she was involved in the delivery of Marriage preparation sessions at deanery and parish level for over 15 years as well as being a member of the management team for the Marriage and Family Life Project worker starting in 2008. As a member of the parish Pastoral Team she championed all Marriage and Family Life projects within the parish setting.
Kathryn has recently become the Head of Marriage Care‘s Newport Centre and is a trained FOCCUS marriage preparation facilitator.
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. She is married with 3 grown children and have 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.
Archdiocesan Family Life Worker (FLW) and Marriage & Family Life Co-ordinator
Joanne, who is married with 2 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 Committee for Marriage & Family Life of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England And Wales.