The Pastoral Care for the Fathers of Family


In the Church’s teaching fatherhood is defined as a vocation and constitutes an element of family life that is significant and difficult to replace. However, social chang­es and contemporary problems connected with the func­tioning of family have lead to a modification of the father model, and even the thesis about its crisis has appeared. This is why pastoral care for fathers of the family is one of the priorities of the family pastorate. Creating structures and methods of such a pastorate is a pastoral postulate. It is worth returning to the practice of special teachings for fathers as well as establishing workshops, retreats, pil­grimages and other forms of work with fathers. Experi­ences of Catholic families associations that give broadly understood support to fathers are especially valuable, as well as the grass-roots Inicjatywa Tato.Net that actively promotes responsible fatherhood.


fatherhood; religious functions of the father in the family; father as the priest of the family; state pastorate; Church's care for fathers; fathers pastorate; family pastorate

Published : 2015-08-26

Śmigiel, W. (2015). The Pastoral Care for the Fathers of Family. Verbum Vitae, 20, 237-252.

Wiesław Śmigiel

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