Mission & Vision


To provide access to important resources to all individuals within the Diocesan footprint who seek the physical, spiritual and emotional support to manage through various life transitions and stages.

A particular emphasis is placed on providing tools to strengthen and enrich Catholic and interfaith marriages, various family life situations, and to call particular attention to a range of issues pertaining to the dignity of human life.


This is an initiative of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond to provide support for both clergy and the lay faithful through a “center” approach rather than a diocesan office. There is no brick and mortar building. The hope of the Bishop is that this structure becomes more than an office – it becomes a “center for excellence” in Marriage, Family, and Life for our Diocese. Through a “center” approach the combined wisdom of various subject matter experts will be coupled with infrastructure relationships and processes that already exist within the Diocesan Pastoral Center structure.

The Center for Marriage, Family, and Life is independent of any existing diocesan office and reports to the Vicar for Pastoral Services. It operates through three main components:

  • An Advisory Board comprised of a variety of individuals from various subject domains pertinent to the scope of the center who set the vision and direction of the Center.
  • Diocesan Leadership comprised of existing Pastoral Center professional staff who facilitate and implement the work of the Advisory Board and field phone calls and emails on a daily basis.
  • Diocesan Infrastructure Support comprised of existing Pastoral Center resources (personnel, technology, processes, etc.) that are led by the diocesan leadership and leveraged to support the day-to-day operations of the Center.