Marriage and Family Life

Marriage and Family Life

Mission Statement

The Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Duluth, in collaboration with other diocesan and community ministries is devoted to building up the Body of Christ by promoting a Catholic vision that celebrates and encourages the sacredness of love, marriage, family and the dignity of every human life from conception to natural death.   This Office engages the faithful through marriage preparation and enrichment as well as pastoral support services through educational initiatives and other programs.  This Department seeks to serve as a resource that invites all people to embrace the Gospel message and the freedom that ultimately follows.


Annual Middle and High School

Respect Life Essay Contest 2017 

The Diocese of Duluth strives to promote the ability of middle school students as well as high school students to articulate the argument for respecting life.  Guidelines found on the right panel of this page. 

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Willed by God in the very act of creation, marriage and the family are interiorly ordained to fulfillment in Christ and have need of His graces in order to be healed from the wounds of sin and restored to their ‘beginning,’ that is, to full understanding and the full realization of God’s plan.” (John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio #3)



For immediate help with Natural Family Planning in the Duluth area contact Northland Family Programs. For their website click here

Northland Family Programs
A FertilityCare™ Center
403 East Third Street
Duluth, MN 55805
(218) 786-2378
(800) 842-0279

For immediate help with Natural Family Planning in the Brainerd area contact Natural Family Planning of the Brainerd Lakes Area Inc.

St. Joseph's Medical Center
523 North Third Street
Brainerd, MN 56401

Contact info:

218-786-2378 or 1-800-842-0279

They teach the Creighton Method and are a FertilityCareTMCenter.


For more information on Couple to Couple League go to  Couple to Couple Method.

For information on a local teaching couple contact:

Brett & Meghan Jones 715-394-3060



Project Rachel                                           

Call the Post-Abortion Ministry Confidential Helpline 1.218.421.7110

This ministry offers:

  • A confidential helpline for you to speak with someone about your experience.
  • People specially train to help you sort through unresolved feelings and conflict.
  • Priest sensitive to your particular needs.
  • Healing services, Masses, retreats and other events help to help you grieve the loss of your unborn child and know God's forgiveness. 

This ministry is sponsored by the Diocese of Duluth and is open to anyone in need regardless of their faith background.



Betsy Kneepkens
Phone: 218-724-9111
Fax: 218-724-1056

Father Anthony Craig

Diocese of Duluth
Marriage and the Family
2830 E. 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55812




Middle and High School Respect Life Essay Contest 2017

Respect Life Poster 2017


Engaged Weekend Registration:


2018, Engaged Weekend February 24th and 25th Information, Duluth


2018, April 14th and 15th Engaged Weekend Information, Hibbing


2018 Six Week Series for the Engaged Duluth Starting April 5th


2018, Engaged Weekend May 5th and 6th Information, Crosby


June Engaged Weekend, Duluth TBD


2018, Oct. 27th and 28th Engaged Weekend, Hibbing