Through the Family Life Office, the Diocese of Brownsville coordinates programs for marriage preparation and marriage enrichment as well as provide resources for families that will enrich and strengthen their mission; "Thus the home is the first school of Christian life and a "school for human enrichment". CCC #1657


  • To provide training, programs and resources, advocacy, and support to pastors and parish staffs, marriage preparation Ministers, and others involved in family ministries.
  • There is nothing more fundamental to our growth and development as a community and as a Church than families. Families are the fullest reflection of God's love and presence.
  • The office of Family Life promotes and empowers families by providing programs, training, outreach and resources. The Office of Family Life offers enrichment programs for married couples, helps prepare engaged couples for happy, holy and lasting marriages and so much more.

Lydia Pesina
P. (956) 784-5030






Lydia Riojas
P. (956) 784-5012






Office Location
San Juan Pastoral Center
San Pedro Bldg.
700 N. Virgen de San Juan
San Juan Texas, 78589

“The Family finds in the plan of God the creator and redeemer not only its identity, what it is, but also its mission, what it can and should do.”

(Familiaris Consortio 1981, Pope John Paul II)


“The sacrament of marriage is not a social convention, an empty ritual or merely the outward sign of a commitment. The sacrament is a gift given for the sanctification and salvation of the spouses, since their mutual belonging is a real representation, through the sacramental sign, of the same relationship between Christ and the Church.

The married couple are therefore a permanent reminder for the Church of what took place on the cross; they are for one another and for their children witnesses of the salvation in which they share through the Sacrament. " [AL 72]