The Association of the Holy Family is a group of Christian families, approved by the Holy See, which through the consecration to the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, intends to be a community of disciples, witnesses and apostles of Nazareth.
Families, couples and single members help meet the financial burden for promoting and operating the Association by means of a voluntary annual contribution made to their parochial councils. The diocesan, national and worldwide councils are subsidized by an established quota mutually agreed upon by the councils themselves. Other opportune and appropriate measures may also be used to defray general expenses. Positions of responsibility and spiritual assistance are voluntary and
The Holy Family Magazine is the Association’s official mouthpiece for the countries in whose languages it is published. The Magazine is at the service of the aims and goals of the Association, seeking, throughout its pages, to foster and develop the life of the Association and bring to light those Christian life experiences which might prove useful to other families in today’s world. The members of the Association consider this publication as its means of expression and often
The Association’s Worldwide council and International Spiritual Center have their Headquarters in Rome, Italy, at the Parochial Temple of the Holy Family of Nazareth, established by the express wish of Pope Pius XII to be a “bright beacon and solid foundation of the devotion to the Family of Nazareth.” This International Temple is provided for all the world’s Christian families.
The Association’s worldwide and national councils, as well as the diocesan and parochial councils, employ, each at their respective levels, whatever ways and means are deemed necessary, yet appropriate, for promoting the Association and implementing its goals. In a special way the Association strives to ensure in today’s world the presence of sound Christian family values throughout the social communications network, particularly within the audiovisual areas, given the profou
The Worldwide Council encourages all religious congregations bearing the name of the Holy Family to collaborate with the Association. In places where these congregations are present, they will be invited for animation and spiritual counseling of it. The Association, for its part, pursues, according to the circumstances of each place, concrete activities with such Institutes or Congregations in line with the Association’s objectives and spirituality and those of the Institute
The national councils are coordinated by a worldwide council, which oversees the Association’s promotion and implementation of its goals on a world-wide basis. This council, presided over by the Superior General of the Institute of the Religious Sons of the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, is also formed by three couples and a priest of the said Institute who is the Association’s Secretary General. The three couples are elected from among the members forming the national
The diocesan councils are unified and coordinated by a national council, which heads the Association and implements its goals within a given country. The national council is formed by three couples and a priest properly designated as the Association’s national spiritual adviser, who is appointed by the Association’s secretary general. The three couples are elected from among the members forming the diocesan councils.
In each diocese a diocesan council promotes and implements the Association’s goals throughout the diocese. It is formed by three couples and a priest designated as the diocesan spiritual adviser, who is presented to the bishop by the Association’s secretary general. The couples are elected from among the members forming the parochial councils, in consultation with the diocesan spiritual adviser.
At the parochial level families and members of the Association elect three couples who form the parochial council, which is to promote and implement the Association’s goals, always in consultation with the pastor or the priest designated as the parochial spiritual adviser of the Association. The parochial council also maintains with the diocesan council whatever contact or interchanges the Associations require at that level.
The Holy Family Association, as a grouping of families for the sake of families, remains always under the direction of the families themselves and a priest adviser. The Association promotes its goals by means of periodic meetings and encounters with the families in small groups, assemblies, and congresses. The Association is structured at the parochial, the diocesan, the national, and the worldwide levels through the establishment of directional councils on each level. The co