Communique #13 – Christian Family Life

March 09, 2021

National Chairperson of Christian Family Life Pat Deppiesse, March 9, 2021

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Dear League sisters,

Members have had difficult times this past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but along with the anticipated distribution of the vaccines, the season of Lent and the signs of spring in the gardens, I feel we are coming out of it at last!

When reading the February 21st issue of The Catholic Register, I read an article, “Bishops launch new family office” by Brian Dryden, with great interest and have referenced it throughout this communique.

On February 15th, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (CCCB) new Office for Family and Life began operations, replacing the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF). Archbishop Richard Gagnon (Winnipeg), president of the CCCB, said, “Given the centrality of life and family issues with respect to the ministry of bishops, the alignment of the work to be accomplished by the new national office, with an emphasis on strengthening and supporting the role of families in our local communities, will allow us to fully realize this pastoral priority.” (The Catholic Register) Michelle Dabrowski, director of the new office, will be “responsible for the implementation of all national projects to be carried out by the new office in both official languages.”

The CCCB’s new standing committee for family and life will be a consultative body that provides information, insights and recommendations on questions related to family and life issues to the CCCB. The committee includes Bishop Douglas Crosby (Hamilton), Archbishop Christian Lepine (Montreal), Archbishop Gérard Pettipas (Grouard-McLennan) and Bishop Christian Rodembourg (St. Hyacinthe). Additionally, non-episcopal members representing the English and French communities and a Knights of Columbus representative as an ex-officio member will be appointed later this year by the CCCB’s permanent council.

The committee’s mandate is to respond to the pastoral needs of married couples and families, affirm and strengthen the domestic church in every household, proclaim the Christian teachings on marriage and the family, promote the dignity and sacredness of human life at all stages and respond to new questions raised by contemporary ethical debates (CCCB).

In speaking to Ms. Dabrowski by telephone, she expressed her interest in what members do regarding Christian family life and noted she would be happy to keep the League informed.

May God bless you and keep you safe,

Pat Deppiesse
National Chairperson of Christian Family Life