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.

The Domestic Church is a movement of married couples who wish to live out their sacrament to the full with the help of God and a small group of other couples along with their parish priest.  Would you like to grow together in your marriage and your faith?

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.  It began under the leadership of Fr. Franciszek Blachnicki a close collaborator with Pope St. John Paul II who was the Archbishop who oversee the founding of this movement in Poland in 1973.

During the Light-Life married couples retreat, couples are invited to dedicate their faith life and marriage more fully to God and His good plan for their marriage and they are introduced to the basics of the 7 Commitments that make up the "method" for the Domestic Church movement.

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

Upcoming Events

Retrouvaille Weekend

Help for struggling marriages.
October 8, 2021 (All day) to October 10, 2021 (All day)
Savior Pastoral Center, Kansas City, KS

Starting a Parish Mental Health Ministry

Lunch with Deacon Ed Shoener of the Association of Mental Health Ministers
October 12, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
St. Therese Parish Wooldridge Center (entrance behind church): 7207 MO-9, Kansas City, MO


Freedom in Christ Series
October 12, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (Summers Hall):4503 Frederick Blvd, St. Joseph, 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

August 17, 2021 - 2:02pm
Megan Marley

The people of Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, have most recently undergone terrible tribulations—political upheaval, a severe earthquake, and a tropical storm.  Catholic Relief Services is actively assisting our suffering brothers and sisters in Haiti.  To donate to their work, please visit

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August 9, 2021 - 7:00am
Megan Marley
Proximity to cathedral, university and opportunities for expanded outreach lead religious order to find perfect fit for ongoing training and growth in St. Joseph

Raytown, Missouri – The Sisters in Jesus the Lord, a local religious community of women founded to help revive the Catholic church in far Eastern Russia, announced today it will relocate from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Raytown which has been its home for the past 12 years, to the St. Joseph Cathedral convent in St. Joseph, Missouri.

“I have given my blessing to the Sisters in Jesus the Lord with great confidence that they have carefully discerned this move and found the best fit for the future of their community,” said Bishop James Johnston, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Mother Maria Stella, CJD, prioress of the community, outlined several reasons for the move:

  • Canonesses have traditionally been at cathedrals whenever possible to help lead the liturgy of the hours, and the convent is next to the cathedral.
  • There is college ministry through clergy at the Cathedral, which is good preparation for our work with students in Russia.
  • The national pro-life shrine is down the street, and the shrine is eager to help with healing after abortion and to help host Rachel’s Vineyard retreats, with which we are already involved.
  • St. Joseph is only a half hour away from Benedictine College, and one member of the community has been accepted as a student there starting August 25. We have hopes that some of the college students may feel called to serve the Church as sisters in Russia.
  • St. Joseph’s Cathedral parish and school are both eager to host Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and the new St. Gianna Center for preschool aged children is down the street, a continuation of our ministry and good training for work in Russia.

Beginning in mid-August, the sisters will temporarily locate in the St. Mary’s Parish rectory in St. Joseph while the Cathedral motherhouse undergoes renovations.

“Our Lady of Lourdes Parish remains open and focused on sustainable growth in the community of Raytown,” Bishop Johnston added. “They are making progress in strengthening their relationship with St. John Francis Regis Parish in Kansas City and are following the recommendations outlined in their pastoral plan.”

Learn more about the mission and work of Sisters in Jesus the Lord

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July 19, 2021 - 12:00pm
Megan Marley

Would you please share the above 30 second video about the Hyde Amendment on your social media?

Open video in Facebook  Open video in Twitter

Thank you for all you are doing to raise awareness about threats to the Hyde Amendment and to
promote our petition at Together we are powerful!

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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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