Family Life / NFP


 "The future of humanity passes by way of the family.  It is therefore indispensable and urgent that every person of good will should endeavor to save and foster the values and requirements of the family."

Familiaris Consortio, Pope John Paul II

 Apostolic Exhortation, Nov. 22, 1981

If families are successful in passing on the faith, forming character and nurturing virtue, then the culture and society they create will better follow the Gospel values of Jesus.


The Family Life Office coordinates the Church’s goal of supporting and strengthening marriage and family life in the Salina Diocese.  We are concerned with promoting the dignity and sanctity of all family members at every stage of development.  Our mission is to assist parishes with programming, training and resources as they encourage family members in their pursuit of holiness.


Quinter couple honored by WWME as longest married couple in Kansas following nomination



Quinter, Kansas- Leonard and Maxine Zerr celebrated 71 years of marriage on October 7, 2018.  The couple was surprised to learn Wendy Backes from the Family Life Office at the Diocese of Salina had nominated them to be the longest married couple in Kansas.

After a lovely dinner with their family, Father James Thomas  presented them with a certificate during Mass at Sacred Heart Parish, Park, KS, on July 6, 2019.

World Wide Marriage Encounter has sponsored the Longest Married Couple project for the past 9 years.  It was created to highlight marriage in America and to recognize the commitment of married couples and to show and give hope to younger couples, that marriage can go the distance.

Wendy Backes had asked them, "What is your secret to a long marriage?

Maxine said, "take every day as it comes, have faith, stay strong, and keep busy".

Leonard said with a grin, "my secret to a long marriage is a secret".

The Zerr's were married in 1947 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Grainfield, KS, Maxine was 18, Leonard was 20.

Maxine also said,  "we couldn't have done it without our children, they are great support and keep us going."

The Zerr's are truly a witness of God's love for us. They mirror that love, which is faithful, fruitful, and forever.

Visit Worldwide Marriage Encounter to learn more.



Day of Recollection for Couples Struggling with Infertility

The day will begin with Mass at 9 am followed by brunch. Talks will begin around 11 am for those who are traveling from some distance please arrive when you can. If you are unable to attend Mass there will still be time for prayer and reflection later in the day. We will conclude the day around 3:30 pm to allow people to arrive home at a reasonable time. 
Fr. Brian Lager will be the spiritual director for the day and there will be several other speakers, including witness couples to share their stories.
There is no cost to attend the event, but preregistration is requested prior to July 20, 2019.
Click HERE to register today!
If you have any other questions regarding the day please contact the Office of Family Life and NFP at 785.827.8746 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2019 Men's Conference - Are You Ready?...Engaging the Spiritual Battle

The Eighth Annual Men’s Conference will be held Saturday August 10th at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Hays.

Speakers will be Pete Burak and Peter Herbeck. Click here to Register today or download a mail-in Registration form here!


Pete Burak

Pete Burak is a 2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS). He has a heart for preaching and reaching today's Catholic youth and young adults. His core message is: "Stand up and be a man or woman of God, in the heart of the Church!" He engages young people with stories from his youth, high school experiences, his two years with the University of Michigan basketball team, and his transfer to FUS. He motivates young people to stand up for Jesus and make a difference in their world.

Pete is a frequent speaker on discipleship, evangelization, and young adult topics, and he is the co-director of Pine Hills Boys Camp. He has spoken for Legatus, has been a featured speaker at the Lift Jesus Higher Youth Rally in Toronto, and also gives numerous high school and middle school retreats. He is the director of Pine Hills Camp for junior-high-aged boys. Pete works as the Director of i.d.9:16, a Renewal Ministries’ outreach to Catholic young adults. Additionally, he is working toward his Masters in Theology and Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He is married to Caitlin (Donovan) of Lewes, Delaware, and they have four children.

Programs/Topics Include:

  • Intentional Discipleship
  • New Evangelization 
  • Young Adult topics
  • New Pentecost
  • Discipleship in the Spirit of Pope Francis
  • Building a Community of Missionary Disciples

Peter Herbeck

Peter Herbeck is the vice president and director of missions for Renewal Ministries. He has been actively involved in evangelization and Catholic renewal throughout the US, Canada, Africa, and Eastern Europe for more than thirty years. Peter is a co-host for the weekly EWTN television programs The Choices We Face and Crossing the Goal. He also hosts the daily radio show Fire on the Earth. He is a frequent conference speaker, has authored When the Spirit Comes in Power and When the Spirit Speaks, and has produced CDs and booklets about discipleship and life in the Spirit. Peter and his wife Debbie have four children and 5 grandchildren (with two on the way), and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Programs/Topics Include:

  • Making Disciples
  • New Pentecost
  • New Evangelization
  • What is the Gospel?
  • The Battle for the Family
  • The Culture Wars
  • Fatherhood
  • Charisms and Spiritual Gifts
  • Discernment of Spirits
  • Overcoming Sin
  • Forming the Next Generation
  • Men's Ministry


Practical Advice for Families


Share your family's joy with others.  Make your meals and holiday gatherings open and welcoming to family and friends.


As Pope Francis says,

"True joy which is experiences in the family is not something random and fortuitous, but normal and ongoing."





The Domestic Church

Parents Are Called to Lead Their Families as a Domestic Church.  Answer the questions at the end of the video to consider how you are passing on the Faith to YOUR family at home.

English Version


Spanish Version



Marriage Preparation and Marriage Enrichment Events across the Diocese






God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage Seminar for Married and Engaged Couples

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Concordia, Kansas


Tony & Lindy Meyer


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God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage Seminar for Married and Engaged Couples (Spanish) 


Sacred Heart Cathedral

Salina, Kansas



Fr. Carlos Ruiz


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BELOVED- Finding Happiness in Marriage

St. Thomas More

 Manhattan, KS




Deacon Wayne Talbot


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BELOVED SERIES-Finding Happiness in Marriage


Immaculate Heart of Mary

Hays, Kansas



Deacon Dave & Susan Kisner


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St. Isidore-Marriage Prep Retreat

St. Isidore Catholic Student Center

Manhattan, Kansas


Rachel Francis


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Catholic Engaged Encounter 

Capuchin Center for Spiritual Life

Victoria, Kansas


Chad & Angela Zimmerman


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Register Online


Name Corey Lyon
Email familylife
Phone (785) 827-8746


Name Wendy Backes
Email wendy.backes
Phone (785) 827-8746


Name Rev. Dana Clark
Email ddclark3
Phone (785) 462-2170