Marriage and Families
“All the Christian virtues should flourish in the family, unity should thrive, and the example of its virtuous living should shine brightly. We earnestly pray God to prevent any damage to this valuable, beneficial, and necessary union. The Christian family is a sacred institution. If it totters, if the norms which the divine Redeemer laid down for it are rejected or ignored, then the very foundations of the state tremble; civil society stands betrayed and in peril. Everyone suffers.” Pope Saint John XXIII, Ad Petri Cathedram, 29 June 1959
The responsibilities of the Office for Marriage and Families are as follows:
- To develop a strategic policy in matters relating to marriage and family life according to the vision and priorities of the Church and of the Archdiocese.
- To form and lead the Archdiocesan Commission on Marriage and Family Life in its role of articulating the Church’s vision of marriage and family and supporting those involved in this vocation.
- To ensure effective communication between the Commission and all those involved in the ministry of the sacrament of marriage, and to provide them with support and resources.
- To oversee and coordinate the work of the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Office and the Archdiocesan “Courage” Apostolate.
The Vicar Episcopal for Marriage & Families within the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is the Very Reverend Jeremy Milne VE. Father Milne grew up in Kent and moved to Scotland in 1992 to study at Edinburgh University. There he gained both a BSc and a PhD in Ecological Science. He was received into the Catholic Church in 2006 and studied for the priesthood at the Beda College in Rome prior to being ordained in 2012. Since then he has served parishes in both Roxburghshire and Edinburgh. In his spare time Fr Milne enjoys country and hill walking.
Contact: The Very Reverend Jeremy Milne VE
Vicar Episcopal for Marriage & Families
T: 0131 623 8900