Online Forum on Discernment in Family Sphere

In the Year of ‘Amoris Laetitia Family’

Discernment Family Sphere

An online forum on discernment in the family sphere will be offered by the Vatican on April 23-24, 2021.

The experience of the pandemic has exposed false certainties and revealed the pitfalls present in relationship dynamics. Fragility and vulnerability have also emerged in the lives of individuals as well as families.

In the Year of the “Amoris Laetitia Family” – coordinated by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life – the group of teachers of the Diploma in Family Ministry of the Pontifical Gregorian University will offer two days of reflection on the experience of local churches regarding the practice of discernment. “We have chosen to tackle the theme of discernment because it is perhaps the least immediate to focus on”, explains the director of the Diploma, Fr. Miguel Yañez. “Everyone thinks they know what it is, but what does Amoris Laetitia mean by ‘discernment’? What does ‘discernment’  mean in the family and for family life, in the different stages of planning,  between growth and crisis? What does ‘make discernment’ mean in this pandemic context?”.

 The days of reflection can be followed both through the Gregorian’s Youtube channel and on the website dedicated to the Amoris Laetitia Family Year of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family, and Life. Abstracts of the papers in video format are already available on the event playlist. A simultaneous translation service in Italian, English, and Spanish will be available. It will be possible to participate in the discussion by sending questions to the email address: [email protected]

 Now in its fifth year of activity, the Diploma in Family Ministry promoted by the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Gregorian University offers a training course for pastoral animators and professionals in the area of marriage and the family. This path –, considered primarily as contact with the pastoral reality, not only as a theoretical approach – focuses on interdisciplinary dialogue by proposing scholars with different scientific skills in the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology, family therapy, theology, and spirituality. A multidisciplinary team of teachers, accustomed to listening to the real concerns of couples and families, aims to respond to the expectations, challenges, uncertainties of marriage and the family today. For more information: [email protected]