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Church Documents

Dogmatic constitution from the Second Vatican Council which stated "the family is, so to speak, the domestic church" and sparked decades of theological reflection on the family which still continues today

Apostolic exhortation written by Pope Saint John Paul II after the 1980 Synod on the Christian Family 

Apostolic exhortation written by Pope Francis after the 2014 synod on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization and the 2015 synod on the Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World

Pastoral message of the US Catholic Bishops to families on the occasion of the United Nations 1994 International Year of the Family

Catechesis with prayers and reflection questions based on the story of how the 12-year-old Jesus was lost and then found again in the temple


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' website designed to help couples at all stages of life to understand and live God’s plan for happy, holy marriages by providing educational and spiritual resources.

Podcast in which a Catholic couple shares their experiences, observations, and encouragements to other parents with great practical advice on how to put Catholic principles and values into practice in family life.

Blog from a philosophy professor who explores ancient wisdom on how to live vibrant lives in our homes.


Book by Florence Caffrey Bourg providing a comprehensive study of families as domestic churches

Book by Joseph C. Atkinson providing a scriptural foundation for the theology of domestic church


Article from America explaining how "the church is my home because my home was a domestic church"

Article from US Catholic about how parents should respond to children playing church

Article from America about why our churches should be noisy and chaotic

Scholarly Articles

Article by Joseph C. Atkinson in Theological Studies about the development of the Church's understanding of the family as domestic church

Article by John Cuddeback in First Things about how our domestic churches should also be households with a philosophical perspective on what it means to be a household

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