On 19 March 2021, the Catholic Church celebrated five years since the publication of Amoris Laetitia – on the beauty and joy of love in the family. On the same day, Pope Francis launched the Amoris Laetitia Family year. These events invite us into a deep reflection on the mission of the family in the world, on the Church’s ability to equip couples to embrace God’s vision for marriage and on the Church’s healing power for families who are struggling. This set of workshops will unpack the central themes of Amoris Laetitia and focus on the importance of the role of the family as a sign of love that is deeply rooted in Christ. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.
Derek is a marriage counsellor and Director of Catholic Marriage and Fertility Services for the Archdiocese of Perth. He is also a sessional lecturer with the University of Notre Dame in the Discipline of Counselling and a former president of the national Catholic Society for Marriage Education. Derek and Karen coordinate together the Ministry to the Newly Married a program supporting couples through the first five years of marriage. Karen is a Speech Pathologist and home-schooling mum, they have eight children ranging from a toddler to young adulthood. Karen is a passionate believer that every marriage can be a witness to the Good News in the world today.