The Marriage and Family Life Office works to promote healthy, happy, and holy family life.  We support parishes in the areas of marriage preparation, marriage enrichment; natural family planning; grief support for all ages; troubled marriage support and more. The office also assists lay Catholic organizations and apostolates in their work related to families and parishes.  This is a member office of the Office of the Domestic Church and Discipleship.

Do you want to guide your family to greater holiness while learning how to talk with your spouse intentionally and prayerfully about the difficult topics that couples tend to avoid?

The Domestic Church Movement provides formation, using the Church's spiritual tradition and official teachings, for how to pray, how to use Scripture in prayer, and how to grow in a real relationship with God, our spouses, and our children in light of our Baptism.

During the Light-Life married couples retreat, we focus on daily individual and couple prayer and monthly couple dialogue.  

Learn more about the Domestic Church Movement and Light-Life marreid couples retreat

Upcoming Events

Retrouvaille Weekend

Help for struggling marriages.
June 25, 2021 (All day) to June 27, 2021 (All day)
Savior Pastoral Center, Kansas City, KS

Marriage Encounter Weekend

July 16, 2021 (All day) to July 18, 2021 (All day)
Savior Pastoral Center: 12601 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66109


Freedom in Christ Series
August 11, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
St. Mary Catholic Church: 600 N Liberty St, Independence, MO

Keeping the Lord’s Day: Pastoral Letter on the Importance of Sunday in the Life of Every Christian Disciple

As we begin to return to our public celebrations of Mass, I wish to invite all in our diocese to reflect more deeply on the value of Sunday, why God made it and what it means in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Read more . . .

Study Guides Available

In support of His Excellency, Bishop Johnston's, recent pastoral letter, Keeping the Lord’s Day, the Office of Domestic Church & Discipleship has published a 3-lesson guided study for use by families or small groups.  Parishioners should contact their parish office to request copies.

Resources for Healing and Recovery

St. Gregory Recovery Center

St Gregory's Recovery Center Video

Desert Stream Ministries


My House Workshop for Men

My House Intensive

Activate BaptismA new website created by our diocese – with a free charisms survey –is now available.  One of the Goals of our mutually Shared Diocesan Vision ‘One Family: Restored in Christ, Equipped for Mission’ involved the creation of this website resource.  The Goal: “Implement gift and charism programs throughout the diocese to activate Catholics for service and mission by Pentecost 2020.”  Full funding for this website was provided by the Missouri State Council of the Knights of Columbus, R.I.B. fund.

Charisms are extraordinary graces given to individual Christians for the good of others, through service or mission.  Discovering and developing a charism involves prayerful discernment and active experience, seeing if there’s a greater success for the efforts than normal human efforts can explain.  Learn more and get started by taking the free survey at

From the Bishop

June 21, 2021 - 3:40pm
Megan Marley
Angela Laville replaces Dave Malanowski upon his retirement

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph welcomes Angela Laville, CPA, MBA as Chief Financial Officer for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph following a national search. Laville will step into the role as the diocese bids farewell to Dave Malanowski, who retires after 30 years as CFO and head of the Office of Finance for the diocese.

“Angela’s extensive experience in both financial and operational leadership matched with her commitment to follow God’s call for her life and her Catholic faith makes her a strong leader for the diocese and the Office of Finance,” said Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. “Angela has already shown her tremendous value in the few short weeks she has been on the team and we are proud to introduce her to the rest of the diocese.”

Laville brings nearly 35 years of corporate and non-profit experience, including work for Ernst & Whinney (now known as Ernst & Young), Sprint, GE Insurance, TranSystems Corp., and most recently, the Enterprise Center of Johnson County where she served as CFO. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting and an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Rockhurst College (now known as Rockhurst University) in Kansas City, as well as a GE Six Sigma certification.

James VanDyke served on the CFO search committee and is a member of the Diocesan Finance Council. He says, “I have known Angela for 35 years as a parishioner of St. Elizabeth parish and a co-worker at Ernst & Whinney. I know first hand her strong Catholic faith and her financial expertise and am confident she will be a great financial leader for our diocese.”

Laville is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Certified Global Management Accountant. She has her AICPA certification in non-profit accounting and served as an instructor at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurial Program for Fort Leavenworth. Her non-profit work includes three years as CFO of Community Living Opportunities, Inc. in Lenexa, Kansas and five years at Enterprise Center of Johnson County.

Laville understands that we must grow the Catholic Church through education and programs while managing the financial margins to be successful.  She says, “The construction of plans that incorporate financial, operational and end goals can be difficult; however, it is absolutely essential to utilize the goods the Church receives to further the Church Family. God calls each of us through various stages in our lives and He provides the resources we need to serve others.  I believe that the path God placed me on has provided me the experience that will help the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to be successful in the vision of One Family:  Restored in Christ – Equipped for Mission.”

Laville grew up in St. Elizabeth’s parish in Kansas City, Mo., and graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy before attending Rockhurst College for her undergraduate and MBA training. She serves the Church through volunteer work at her home parish, Church of the Ascension in Overland Park, Kan., as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, on the Vocations Committee and in the Faith Formation program.

About the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph was established in 1956 when the Dioceses of Kansas City (founded in 1880) and St. Joseph (founded in 1868) were combined. Led by Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., the Diocese is home to nearly 124,000 Catholics in 87 parishes and 10 missions across 27 counties in northern and western Missouri. Under the guidance of Bishop Johnston, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph continues its mission to announce the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to live and serve in charity in northern and western Missouri.

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May 28, 2021 - 11:02am
Megan Marley

Due to the recent announcement from Mayor Lucas rescinding Kansas City’s Fourteenth Emergency COVID Order, all restrictions have been lifted on the upcoming Priestly Ordination. This means the Ordination is open to all: we will not be giving out tickets or having assigned seats.

The Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacons Armentrout, King and Lemus will be held 10 am Saturday, May 29 at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (416 W. 12th St.. Kansas City, MO 64105).

Doors open to the public at 8:30 am. The front doors will close at 9:45 am to allow the procession line to form. Please arrive early to get a seat. There will be no social distancing requirements and masks are optional.

First blessings will be immediately following the Ordination at the Cathedral.

Visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Facebook page for a livestream of the Ordination Mass.

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May 28, 2021 - 10:04am
Megan Marley

The question before the Church about the incoherence of any person being engaged in gravely evil activity and receiving the Holy Eucharist is tremendously important and has been for many ages. Bishops, as pastors, always have a responsibility pastorally to address this question of worthy reception for the good of individual souls and the entire Church.  I applaud Archbishop Gomez for putting this question on the USCCB agenda and for allowing the very deliberate process of the conference to proceed so that the bishops can prayerfully consider this matter. I believe the current process does not conflict but rather engages with the advice received in the recent letter from Cardinal Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

This question touches on many gravely evil activities besides abortion, and it assuredly pertains to all Catholics, not simply those in public office. Nevertheless, it remains a scientific fact that abortion ends an innocent human life, and the Bishops of the United States have rightly noted that abortion is the “preeminent” issue of our time. It is a preeminent concern due to the sheer scale of human lives taken (60 million unborn children have died since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973), the fact that abortion often takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and the direct nature of intentionality by willfully killing the most innocent and defenseless among us.

Advocating for or enacting laws which promote such killing as a right, which subsidize such killing, or which seek to expand access to such killing are gravely evil acts, contrary to the Catholic faith. The Catholic Church teaches that any person engaged in such acts is called to repentance and reconciliation prior to presenting oneself for Holy Communion. Catholics in public life who advocate for abortion in these ways and then present themselves as devout Catholics according to their own self-understanding create a source of great confusion among American Catholics. Pastors have a responsibility to help individuals towards repentance out of concern for their salvation, but also to protect the faithful from being misled by bad example and scandal.

While this issue impacts, among others, those in public office, it is not fundamentally a political issue, but rather a pastoral one. Bishops, as teachers and pastors, have the duty to lead people toward that which will help their soul’s salvation, and to warn against actions and choices which place that salvation in jeopardy.

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May 24, 2021 - 9:47am
Megan Marley
Some remain excused from in person participation, while many are called back to a real presence at Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation

Kansas City, Mo. – The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has launched a new effort aimed at encouraging Catholics to return to a full participation in their parish communities on June 1, as Bishop James Johnston lifts the general dispensation. The general dispensation, which began in March 2020, excused all Catholics from in person participation at Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This past year was unprecedented in many ways and I am grateful for the resilient faith, determination, and cooperation of so many who have ensured that our churches, schools, ministries, and institutions of faith continued in service, while taking prudential steps toward promoting safety,” said Bishop Johnston. “Our full, conscious, and active participation in the Sacred Liturgy requires our physical presence at Mass. The Sunday celebration of Mass is also the source of our communion and community life together in all our parishes.”

The campaign officially launches today with billboards, social media, a website and online tool kits for the diocese’s 98 parishes and missions to use in sharing the message with parishioners. Materials are available in English and Spanish, and some items will also be translated into Vietnamese in the coming weeks. Visit for details.

Father Andres Moreno, pastor at St. Anthony and Our Lady of Peace Parishes in Kansas City, Mo., shared, “I invite all those who stopped coming to Mass, to return to the house of the Father who awaits us all … friends, family members and neighbors.”

Invitation cards and conversation starters are available to assist those in inviting friends, family members, neighbors and fellow parishioners back to Church. The diocese’s upcoming summer issue of its magazine, Catholic Key, will arrive in mid-June highlighting the message of the campaign.

“Church is family, and we need to gather again in person. While we may speak in terms of ‘Sunday obligation,’ I prefer to see this as our tremendous opportunity to come together and worship as a family united in Christ. Televised or livestreamed Mass is not the same, and we look forward to welcoming you home,” said Fr. Joseph Totton, pastor of Saint James Parish in Saint Joseph.

Due to greatly improved conditions, Bishop Johnston has removed all diocesan restrictions put in place during the pandemic. Since the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph spans 27 counties in north and western Missouri, encompassing urban, suburban and rural communities, parishes have been impacted by COVID-19 in different ways. The emergence from pandemic restrictions reflects the specific locations and needs of each parish community and will differ from parish to parish. Those with questions about individual parish guidelines are encouraged to contact the Parish Office. A map of parishes in the diocese and contact information for each can be found at

“We are excited to kick off the Come Home to Communion campaign and eagerly look forward to welcoming all who wish to experience the Catholic faith through our doors,” said Heather Solis, director of stewardship and development, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo.

A particular dispensation will remain for those who are symptomatic, or who have been advised by medical doctors to avoid public gatherings, or who are otherwise ill or homebound, as well as their caregivers. A formal decree with more details is available on the diocesan website.

To learn more about the Come Home to Communion campaign, visit

About the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph spans 27 counties across north and western Missouri and is home to approximately 124,000 Catholics at 98 parishes or missions. Under the guidance of Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph continues its mission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and incorporate people into his Kingdom and put them on the path to heaven. The Church serves the community by providing social services, education, faith communities and comfort for the faithful of the region.

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