As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
— John Paul II


The Catholic Family Life Symposium

The Catholic Family Life Symposium is an invitation-only gathering of over 30 distinguished theologians, social scientists, and pastoral ministry professionals noted for their work and writings on family life. We will gather at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame from Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21, 2019 to explore the unique role Catholic families play in building the Kingdom of God.




The Catholic Family Life Symposium will explore four critical questions about Catholic family life:

1. How are Catholic families called to be dynamically different from other families? 
2. What does an authentic, domestic-church-based spirituality look like? 
3. How can Catholic families be more effective forges of intentional discipleship? 
4. How can Catholic families take up the call to be outposts of evangelization and positive social change? 

Exploring these four key questions will be a diverse group of distinguished Catholic theologians, prominent social-scientists, and leading pastoral ministry professionals.

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How precious is the family, as the privileged place for transmitting the faith!
— Pope Francis