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Mission and Staff

Mission Statement


The Catholic Church has historically been an advocate for strong family life. In keeping with this role, the Office of Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Newark:

  • Is committed to placing the Christian family at the center of the Church's work and worship because the family is the basic foundation of both Church and society
  • Helps prepare engaged couples for happy, holy and successful marriages as well as aids those going through difficult times
  • Offers spiritual, educational, supportive and remedial programs to families
  • Intends to be the model for Family Life ministries in Archdiocesan parishes, and at the same time, provides pastoral ministers and Family Life resources for the parishes to implement programs
  • Provides occasions of prayer and celebration
  • Offers all these services in both English and Spanish

Family Life Staff






Deacon James Detura                                




Lauren Egan BA, CADC

Associate Director



Yamilka Genao, M.E., M.A.P.M.                       

Associate Director                                                     

Hispanic Family Life Ministries/                                            

Pastoral Familiar Hispana                                                                

Planificación Natural de la Familia (PNF)                                                          



Nancy Delli Santi

Pre Cana Coordinator             



Jill Cherrey, M.E.                                            


God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage                                

Natural Family Planning (NFP)                                                       



Linda Alexander


Engaged Encounter Coordinator