The Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska has commissioned The St. John Paul II Foundation to offer a 2-year cycle of our Shepherd's Heart initiative. The ongoing education and formation program will be offered to the permanent deacons and their wives.
The topic for this formation day is “Proclaiming the Good News of Marriage and the Family”. There is an “absolute necessity that the ‘new evangelization’ have priests as its initial ‘new evangelizers’” (St. John Paul II). With a waning appreciation for the beauty of marriage and increasing acceptance of cohabitation, how do we evangelize our parishioners and reclaim a culture of marriage within our parish communities so that more couples choose marriage rather than cohabitation?