Office for Marriage and Family Life


The Office for Marriage and Family Life provides various formational, educational, supportive, social and spiritual enrichment programs and resources for individuals, couples and families.


It is responsible for the following ministries:

  • Ministry to Engaged Couples (click here for more information)
  • View the 2016 Pre-Cana Brochure
  • Ministry to Married Couples and Families (click here for more information)
  • Ministry to Separated and Divorced Persons (click here for more information)
  • Ministry for Bereavement (click here for more information)
  • Ministry/Outreach for Women (click here for more information)

Contact  the Office for Marriage and Family Life for more information about any of our programs.  

 Rita McDowell, Director  Linda Jackson, Assistant

[email protected] 

 [email protected]

1626 North Union Street

Wilmington, DE  19806

(302) 295-0657 (phone)

(302) 573-6944 (fax)


View the 2016 Pre-Cana Brochure


O God our Father, in Jesus you call all Christian families and homes to be signs of living faith.

By the light of the Holy Spirit, lead us to be thankful for the gift of faith, and by that gift may we grow in our relationship with Jesus, your Son, and be confident witnesses to Christian hope and joy to all we meet.

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.



Post-Cana is open to widowed, divorced, married and singles.  Come to a night of fellowship including dinner and dancing. 

Please contact Rita McDowell at 302-295-0667.



Family Service Day for the Year of Mercy


Are you interested in service to others? Is your family willing to assist various parishes or the monastery with service work? The Office for Marriage and Family Life, in conjunction with Immaculate Heart of Mary is planning a Family Service Day on Saturday, July 23, 2016. We will begin with continental breakfast and a brief prayer at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish at 9 am, before you begin your mission. If you are interested, please contact the Office for Marriage and Family Life at 302-295-0667 with your name, phone number, number in your party, and ages of children, if they will be volunteering.  If you have a particular gift or interest, please let us know.  Possible service includes painting, cleaning, stocking of food pantries, gardening, etc.