Archdiocese of Baltimore to hold town hall meetings on families

April 08, 2016

By Catholic Review Staff

The archdiocesan office of Marriage and Family Life will host four town hall meetings about families at locations around the archdiocese in April.

Noting recent studies that indicate that 40 percent of Americans think marriage is obsolete, the office points out that it is essential to “evangelize dating, engaged and married couples, helping them to live their vocations well.”

Attendance is open and encouraged for priests and permanent deacons; pastoral life directors; family life coordinators; natural family planning teachers; sponsor couples; and married couples and individuals interested in supporting marriage and family life at parishes.

Edward Herrera, who became director of the office in January of this year, said the town halls were already planned knowing that Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), would be released sometime this spring. But with the timely April 8 release of the document, he plans to tweak his presentation, which will be followed by discussion.

The town halls on marriage and family life will be held at:

April 12, St. John the Evangelist Parish, 112 East Second St., Frederick

April 14, St. John the Evangelist Parish, 689 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park

April 26, St. Mark, 2407 Laurel Brook Road, Fallston

April 28, Immaculate Conception, 200 Ware Ave., Towson

To register for the town hall, email Christina Mahaley at cmahaley@archbalt.org or call 410-547-5406.