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Supporting couples and families in every stage of life through resources and workshops.
Supporting couples and families in every stage of life through resources and workshops.
Liz is first and foremost, a daughter of God. She is married to her best friend, Tony, and enjoys his help with preparing couples for marriage. She has three adult children and loves being “Nana” to her grandkids. Liz started serving in ministry when her children were small as many moms do. Eventually, her pastor asked her to run the high school faith formation program. Equipped with a bachelor’s degree in business from Worcester State College, she knew she needed more theology. After certificates in catechesis and youth ministry, she moved on to get her Master of Theological Studies from Saint John’s Seminary. Before coming to the Archdiocese of Boston in 2016, Liz was the director of youth and young adult ministry for the Worcester Diocese. She has been blessed to serve on team for Cursillo, lead pilgrimages to Marian sites, and mission trips locally and abroad.
Emily Elliott joined the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation & Parish Support in 2014 as an operations associate, following a high-tech marketing career hiatus while she raised her five children with her husband of 28 years, Jim. Emily has served in multiple ministries at her parish, St. Mary of the Sacred Heart in Hanover; on Cursillo weekends; and as a Catholic volunteer for Framingham State Prison. She has also served as a facilitator for women’s study groups and often speaks at parishes about the power of prayer. Her present role as a family life consultant bridges her love for evangelization and all things family, especially in coordinating Transformed in Love marriage preparation workshops, where she often serves alongside her husband, Jim. Emily is working towards her Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry degree through Franciscan University. She has a special devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe who she credits with handling most of her parenting petitions, together with confidantes St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Faustina, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Padre Pio – all who lead her closer to Jesus. Emily loves praying the rosary, being with her prayer group sisters-in-Christ, strong lattes, country music, and experimenting with savory recipes in the kitchen. She is happiest when all of her children (Jake, Matthew, Grace, Mary and Benjamin) are home with she and Jim, and they break bread together.
Kathryn grew up in a large (13 kids!) and loving Catholic family on the South Shore of Boston. She still resides there today with her loving husband of five years, Tom, and their two beautiful boys, Thomas and Luke. Her upbringing helped her learn to deal with differing abilities, temperaments, and situations, making her flexible, relatable, and compassionate. Beginning in elementary school, Kathryn has been formed in the faith through her parochial and Catholic education. Majoring in theology, Kathryn graduated from St. Anselm College in 2005 and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Ministry program at St. John Seminary. Kathryn also holds certificates in Ministry with Persons with Disabilities from the University of Dayton and is certified as a trainer in the VIRTUS/ Protecting God’s Children program.
As a faithful Catholic and lover of Christ and His Church, Kathryn has been serving the Archdiocese of Boston for over fifteen years. First, as a theology teacher and campus minister, Kathryn served in middle and high schools of Boston for 9 years. From there, Kathryn moved on to parish work, as both youth minister, confirmation coordinator in parish on the South Shore.
In 2014, Kathryn followed God’s call to serve His Church with the team in the Office for Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support. She has held many roles with her office – from consulting with parishes about evangelization and discipleship, to advising faith formation leaders about children’s formation and now serving as family life consultant. Kathryn cherishes her every opportunity to serve Jesus and the Archdiocese of Boston with her team of faithful disciples. She is especially fond of her work with engaged couples as they prepare for marriage, as well as her efforts to lead an archdiocesan ministry with persons with disabilities and her service to those on the margins.
Among her other “loves”, Kathryn is devoted to Our Lady and praying the Rosary daily. She especially enjoys cooking delicious food for her family, spending time with her siblings and parents at large family functions, kitchen dancing, karaoke, and last but not least, the beach!
Congratulations on your engagement! Preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony is an exciting time. Each parish may have guidelines to prepare a couple for marriage, but we offer these best practices as a guide:
Taking the time to invest in your marriage is extremely important. The health of your relationship impacts your happiness and the well-being of any children. Whether things are going well and you’re just looking for an enriching experience or if you’re having difficulties and are looking for help, we hope you find something here that may be of assistance to you.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Greg Kolodziejczak spoke to our guests during National Marriage Week, offering practical tools to improve couple’s communication and conflict resolution skills during the pandemic. To view the seminar, click here.
To learn more about moving from civil marriage to a sacramental marriage through the process of convalidation watch this video.
Below are several resources to support married couples in their vocation.
If you are a Vietnamese couple interested in a Marriage Family Enrichment Program (MFEP) also known as Chuong Trinh Thang Tien Hon Nhan Gia Dinh, visit here for more information.
For a list of Christian/Catholic counselors and resources in or near the Boston area, please contact a Family Life staff member.
We are excited to announce that the Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass was held on November 7, 2021. Cardinal Seán O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap. presided over the Mass for couples celebrating their 10th, 25th, and 50th wedding anniversaries. The Mass included a wedding vow renewal and special blessing by the Cardinal. Families were invited to attend.
Stay tuned for updates on the 2022 Wedding Anniversary Mass. If you need more information in the interim, contact Emily Elliott.
To view pictures from the 2021 celebration, visit here.
For more information on programs, support groups, and additional resources, please access this PDF.
A list of local and telehealth Catholic/Christian psychologists and counselors is available by contacting a member of the Family Life team.
A virtual seminar for the Archdiocese of Boston featuring Catholic author and presenter, Rose Sweet. We invite you to view the program here, for encouragement, guidance and practical support.
For information related to annulments, contact the Tribunal here.
NFP is an umbrella term for natural methods used to achieve or avoid pregnancy that protect God’s plan for spousal love. These methods are based on the observation and interpretation of the naturally occurring biological markers of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. NFP is distinct from calendar rhythm, is applicable to all women, and can be used at any stage of a woman’s reproductive life.
If the priest or deacon preparing you for marriage requests that you receive an introduction to NFP, the archdiocesan program Transformed in Love is a great place to begin.
Method Match: How to Choose a Natural Fertility Awareness Method That Works for You!
Two local certified NFP instructors, Christina Valenzuela and Mikayla Dalton, were joined by Dr. Patricia Jay, GYN in an interactive webinar to help couples navigate the crowded field of fertility awareness methods, apps, and tools. Whether you are new to NFP or looking to make a method switch, this webinar is a helpful tool. Watch the recording here.
All Things NFP Q & A Webinar. Six Natural Family Planning experts in their fields answered participants questions ranging from methods, reproductive disorders, effectiveness, conceiving, and moral dilemmas, etc. To view the recording, click here.
NFP – What Is It and Why Does the Church Support It? Click here to view this recording for our Spanish speaking audience featuring Dr. Pilar Calva, Dr. Francisco Vargas, and NFP Instructor, Alicia Javier.
Consider it because it utilizes natural methods that respect God’s plan for bonding and babies; it is a completely healthy way to plan a family because no chemical or physical barriers are used; the modern methods of NFP are evidenced based, boasting a correct use efficacy rate from 97-99.6% that competes with artificial means; and it is holistic. Fertility awareness through the lens of NFP respects the WHOLE person – physical, mental, spiritual, and intellectual. It fosters intimacy between a husband and wife because it invites a husband to be an active, caring, and knowledgeable participant in a couple’s intimate reality, their fertility. To learn more, read our brief booklet – Love’s Perfect Design: A Guide to Understanding Fertility Awareness. English | Español .
Included in our Guide is a list of national organizations offering a number of different methods to meet the needs of each woman or couple. You could start by reading the Guide; view one of the recorded webinars found on this page; or use the NFP Instruction list provided to contact one of the many local certified instructors or national organizations through the NFP Instruction List 2022.
If you are suffering from a reproductive health issue the science of NaPro Technology may help. This is an effective and alternate approach versus the traditional practice of using artificial hormones or IVF.
NaPro Technology (Natural Procreative Technology) networks NFP with the treatment of reproductive disorders and infertility. NaPro Technology is a new reproductive science that cooperates with the reproductive systems in producing a treatment that corrects the condition, and sustains the procreative potential. It respects the dignity of women, the integrity of marriage, and the conjugal act.
NaPro Technology was developed at the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction. It is delivered through the services of trained medical doctors and Creighton/Fertility Care NFP teachers. For more information, on NaProTechnology visit www.popepaulvi.com or contact a Creighton/Fertility Care NFP teacher on the NFP Instruction List above.
One day soon, we pray there will be more health care providers that offer these services. Until then, many in the New England area suggest visiting:
For a holistic approach to couples suffering with infertility and a free fertility health assessment, visit Organic Conceptions.
Virtual Rosary for Couples Struggling with Infertility, Difficult Pregnancies, or Infant Loss.
On the feasts of Sts. Anne and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fr. Ed Riley reflected on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Together we meditated on these mysteries while praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ who struggle with infertility, difficult pregnancies, or the loss of a child. Watch the recording here.
Transformed in Love is the marriage preparation resource developed by a dedicated group of married couples, theologians, psychologists, canon lawyers, priests, deacons, and staff under the direction of Cardinal Seán O’Malley.
This instrument of evangelization thoughtfully combines the practical with the theological through the implementation of hands-on activities, personal witness, and spiritual reflection. It is meant to be one piece of the catechumenate model to marriage ministry.
If you are a married couple, deacon, or priest being called to serve in this special ministry, we encourage you to learn more through this workshop. The next one will be held in Spring of 2022.
Until our next workshop, you can learn more from our Transformed in Love Leader Guide here. It is available in English and Spanish.
Transformados en el Amor Team Training will be offered again in 2022. Our September 2021 workshop was a great success with 30+ members of the Hispanic community in attendance.
Click here for the complete list of Transformed in Love resources in English and Spanish. Please note that there is special pricing available for parishes and retreat centers of the Boston Archdiocese. If you have questions about the materials or program, please call Liz Cotrupi @ 617-746-5801.