History and Mission
In 1998, Natural Family Planning was established as a department of the Office of Laity and Family Life by then Archbishop Justin Rigali under the direction of Diane Daly, RN, CFCE. Natural Family Planning was designated its own office by then-Archbishop Raymond Burke in 2005.
The Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning coordinates and promotes information for all four models of Natural Family Planning methods at 14 different locations in the Archdiocese to all Archdiocesan Marriage Preparatory programs through the Office of Laity and Family Life, the St. Louis Review, Parish Bulletins and through individual priests and marriage preparers who request specific information. The Parish Ambassadors and NFP Witness Speakers are a group of NFP volunteer couples who support one another and evangelize the Archdiocesan community.
Department activities include:
- an annual Humanae Vitae Mass and celebration
- materials for the engaged
- promotion kits for the preparers for Christian Marriage, priests and deacons
- an infertility support ministry called "Enkindle"
- presentations on NFP, sexuality and chastity promotion to parishes and schools
- “Wonder of Eve" a program for high school age girls
- "Holy, Happy, Healthy" newsletter
- annual Seminarian Homily contest
- There are four models for the natural regulation of birth at many different locations in the Archdiocese. They are Aware/Billings Ovulation Method, Creighton Model Fertility Care Services, Couple to Couple/Symto-Thermal, and the Marquette Model/Sympto-thermal. All of these models are offered independently of the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning.
Questions or comments may be directed to:
Allison Coiro, RN-BSN, FCP
11700 Studt Ave., Ste C
St. Louis, MO 63141