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Important Resources

 
Diocesan Plan for Natural Family Planning Program Development
This 1981 document is the foundational Catholic pastoral plan for diocesan NFP ministry in the United States.

Dr. Mary Catherine Martin, PhD, RN, an NFP pioneer, conducted extensive research (including interviews, surveys and on-site pastoral visits) to gain a thorough understanding of NFP services in the dioceses of the United States in the late 1970s. Dr. Martin's original study was further developed by the founders of the U.S. bishops' NFP program (in 1980) and by members of the Board of Directors of the Human Life and NFP Foundation (originally funded by the U. S. bishops just before the promulgation of the papal encyclical, Humanae vitae). It was refined by the U. S. bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities and accepted by them as their NFP diocesan pastoral plan. It served as a strong source of pastoral planning until 1990 when the Standards for Diocesan NFP Ministry were published. 


Report: Requiring a Full Course of Natural Family Planning Instruction in Marriage Preparation
This report provides a summary of how several dioceses created a strategy to implement the requirement of NFP education as part of marriage preparation. The lessons learned by these diocesan NFP coordinators are useful for others who are faced with a similar task.



Requiring NFP Education in Marriage Preparation

After reading the above report, it is useful (and inspiring!) to hear from the diocesan staff who have participated in the development and implementation of a strategy for requiring NFP education in marriage preparation programs. This three hour audio presentation is from the 2013 annual conference of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM).

The panel begins with a discussion on the canonical aspects of marriage preparation (45 minutes). The discussion then turns to how the requirement of NFP education was created and implemented in two different dioceses. The panel concludes with a dialogue between the panelists and participants. The participants included diocesan marriage and family life directors as well as diocesan NFP coordinators.

Panelists: Rev. Robert R. Cannon, MA, MEd, MTh, JCL, Diocese of Venice;
Cindy Leonard, NFP Coordinator, Diocese of Phoenix; and
Rachelle Sauvageau, Diocese of Fargo.
The MC is Theresa Notare, PhD, Assistant Director, NFP Program, Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, USCCB.

Note: this audio file is here for your use with the permission of Catholic Seminars. If you would like to purchase this file and view other files available from the 2013 NACFLM conference, contact: www.catholicseminars.com.

Rev. Robert R. Cannon:
Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four,

Cindy Leonard and Rachelle Sauvageau:
Part One, Part Two, Part Three,
Part Four
, Part Five, Part Six
Dioceses of Phoenix and Fargo PowerPoint Slides
Please view the slides that accompany the presentations of Cindy Leonard and Rachelle Sauvageau.

NFP E-Distance Learning--What it is, How it Works

Diocesan NFP coordinators are often confronted with the challenge of recruiting enough NFP teachers to schedule an appropriate number of classes throughout their dioceses. Many wonder if NFP e-education can help them get the NFP message out to married couples. This three hour audio presentation provides answers to their questions. It treats the topic of NFP e-learning for couples/clients. It too is from the 2013 annual conference of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM).

Each NFP provider discuss the format of his/her on-line education and how couples respond to it. Questions from the audience are also included.

Panelists: Maria Garcia, NFP coordinator, Archdiocese of Chicago (e-introduction to NFP and the Billings Method)
Michael Manhart, PhD, Executive Director, Couple to Couple League International (STM)
Richard Fehring, PhD, RN, Director, NFP Institute, Marquette University, College of Nursing (Marquette Method, Sympto-Hormonal)
Jessica Schaefer, Sympto-Pro Fertility Education Instructor, Northwest Family Services (STM)
The MC is Theresa Notare, PhD, Assistant Director, NFP Program, Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, USCCB.

Note: this audio file is here for your use with the permission of Catholic Seminars. If you would like to purchase this file and view other files available from the 2013 NACFLM conference, contact: www.catholicseminars.com.

Maria Garcia, Archdiocese of Chicago, Billings Method
Part One, Part Two

Michael Manhart, PhD, Exec. Director, Couple to Couple League
Part One, Part Two

Jessica Schaefer, Northwest Family Services
Part One, Part Two
Northwest Family Services Symto-Pro E-Learning PowerPoint Slides
Please view the slides that accompany the presentation by Mrs. Schaefer.

Richard Fehring, PhD, RN, Marquette Model
Part One, Part Two
The Marquette Method E-Learning PowerPoint Slides
Please view the slides that accompany the presentation of Dr. Richard Fehring.

 



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