ADW "Strength and Dignity"

 A Virtual Spiritual Series for Women

Wednesdays   6 January through 27 January 2021 - 7 PM EDT


The Archdiocesan Office for Family Life is sponsoring a virtual spiritual series for women hosted by the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.  The series is based on St. John Paul II’s encyclical Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women). We will read and discuss the nine sections of the letter during four consecutive Wednesdays to better understand God’s beautiful design for women, and their essential contribution to the world. Sessions will be held in English and in Spanish, and we will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  For more information, contact the Archdiocesan Office for Family Life at 301-853-4546 or visiblesign@

For the English Series the link to register is a follows:

For the Spanish Series the link to register is a follows:

Tools for Marriage: 

 Marriage Enrichment for Young Married Couples

Wednesdays   24 February through 31 March 2021 - 8 PM EDT

Are you engaged or newly married? Looking for a way to grow closer to God and each other? The Archdiocese of Washington Office for Family Life is offering a 6-week small group series for young married couples, in collaboration with Teams of Our Lady entitled: Tools for Marriage. Topics will include: praying as a couple, the reality of married love, love in daily life, enriching married love, serving others, and your marriage in action. The series will take place on Wednesday evenings from February 24–March 31 from 8:00pm-9:00pm. Click here to register. For more information, contact the Archdiocese of Washington Office for Family Life at 301-853-4546 or

Parents workshop 

Thursdays   4 March through 25 March 2021 - 7 PM EDT

Every Thursday, March 4 through March 25 from 7:00pm–8:00pm the Archdiocese of Washington Office for Family Life in collaboration with the Christian Family Movement will be offering a four-week virtual workshop series for parents.  Topics will include recognizing God in our families, using our time faithfully, caring for our relationships, faith-building customs and activities, and guiding our children to live for Christ. Materials for all sessions will be provided. The cost per family is $10.00.  To register go to: or call the Archdiocese of Washington Office for Family Life for more information at 301-853-4546 or email

Archdiocese of Washington Programs/Notices

Resources from ADW Dept of Special Needs for Mental Illness 

Mental illness is unique among other illnesses in that the treatment usually is dependent upon some type of human relationship. Persons seeking treatment will need to speak with a therapist, spiritual leader, and doctor about personal matters. Effective treatment for mental illness goes beyond the need for medication; it also includes addressing psychological issues, social networks and matters of faith and spirituality. Therefore, it is important that attention be paid to language and cultural issues that may enhance or hinder treatment. Mental illness is viewed differently in different cultures. Some cultures focus on the biology of illness; other cultures may believe that mental illness is the result of a lack of harmony with nature, separation from God, exposure to an evil spirit, punishment for past sins, etc. Knowledge of those beliefs will greatly improve the likelihood of effectively reaching out to those individuals who are from a different culture.  Click link below for more information

Support a Parish in Need 

At a time when the coronavirus shutdown of public Masses has impacted the offertory collections vital to parish operations, Archbishop Wilton Gregory has launched a parish support initiative to help Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington make online donations directly to their parishes:

Suspicious Emails and IT Reminder 

We have received calls and emails about fraudulent emails being received by people from a spam account using Archbishop Gregory’s or other priests’ names. Please note that the archbishop will not communicate a need for assistance in this way. Any legitimate email from the Archdiocese will end in “” 

Please be diligent in not responding to suspicious emails

USCCB Programs/Notices

Petition Against Federal Executions 

The federal government has resumed federal executions for the first time in 17 years. The U.S. Catholic bishops have expressed their opposition to the death penalty for decades and have raised objections several times since the new federal executions were announced.

Please consider raising your voice against these executions.

Click this link to take action now!