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But NFP is Difficult! by Professor Janet Smith, PhD

Many couples who have used methods of natural family planning testify that using NFP, while not always easy, has been beneficial and sometimes even extremely beneficial to their marriages and their personal spiritual lives. Their testimonies are not difficult to find in the literature of organizations... [Read more...]

The Many Faces of NFP by Sheila St. John

Natural Family Planning is a generic term to describe many techniques for identifying the fertile and infertile days of the cycle. Outdated techniques relied on a history of cycles, and then used mathematical calculations to “guess” when ovulation would occur in the coming cycle. Ironically, many... [Read more...]

Offering NFP in A Physician’s Office by Mary Anne Anderson, RN, MSN, CFCP

As a Creighton Model Certified FertilityCare Practitioner (CFCP), I can work in various service settings. A multiplicity of practice designs is very important for reaching women/couples with differing needs and preferences. The natural family planning consultant (aka teacher) serves families best when... [Read more...]

NFP As Part of Diocesan Marriage Prep by Dolores Moreno, CFCP

An intro to NFP became a prerequisite for marriage in the Diocese of San Jose circa 1982, after (then) Bishop DuMaine met with community leaders who advocated for the importance of NFP, and pledged to support the Catholic Church in promoting this safe, effective and morally acceptable means of family... [Read more...]

Dr. Howard Herning Howard Herning, MD 1922-2016

A beloved pioneer of NFP in California, Howard Herning, MD, passed away in the Fall, 2016, at the age of 93. Until his last few months of failing health, Dr. Herning was living with his beloved wife of 66 years, Dorothy, in the same San Francisco home his parents Harry and Hazel (McLinden) Herning brought... [Read more...]

Questioning… Accepting… Believing by Sister Paula Vandegaer

The pill was introduced to the world in 1960 and became hugely popular during the 60’s. I was studying at Catholic University during the 60’s and on my way to becoming a professional social worker. It was an exciting decade. The second Vatican Council opened October, 1962 and things began changing.... [Read more...]

Sharing Truth and Beauty with our Daughters by Loree Lippsmeyer

The young woman sitting across from me who was preparing to be married said with puzzlement, “How come I’ve never heard this before?” It is a question I have heard many times as a FertilityCare Practitioner when teaching couples about their fertility. Some couples come to me for help becoming pregnant.... [Read more...]

A Deacon, A Dad, And a Doctor Walk into a Father/Son Program, and… by Deacon Paul Sajben, MD

That could be the start of a really awesome joke. But no, it was actually the start of my great experience with the Father/Son program. In fact, I was all three of these characters, in one, and I want to share my adventure. So, here is what I experienced being involved with the program through each of... [Read more...]

FAMILY: Theology of the Body and Love by Damon Owens

Marriage and family are key topics of study here at the Theology of the Body Institute, so you can imagine how busy we have been in 2015. Pope Francis has held four world events on the topic of the family, and Theology of the Body Institute is hosting the 2016 International Theology of the Body Congress... [Read more...]

Theology of the Body and Diocesan Ministry by Ed Hopfner, MA

Life-changing!” That’s how one of my former students described her experience with Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. “After my divorce, I was pretty down and got into some ‘bad habits,’ then I came across the Theology of the Body — it transformed how I was living, and... [Read more...]

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