Friday, April 29, 2022
SALT LAKE CITY – The Diocese of Salt Lake City is seeking individuals interested in becoming Certified Natural Family Planning Practitioners. They must be prepared to commit to advising engaged couples preparing for marriage in the diocese for at least two years. In exchange, the diocese will assume the training costs, approximately $5,500 per student.
Engaged couples preparing for marriage in the diocese must, at a minimum, complete a one-hour introduction to NFP.
“The Catholic Church strongly promotes natural family planning because it is part of our beliefs,” said Crystal Painter, director of the Diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life. “In the diocese, preparation for marriage is a big part of our pastoral plan. Training our couples to ensure they understand Catholic teachings and have the ability to learn to use their bodies – it is our responsibility as a diocese to provide these resources.
NFP methods are based on observing the natural signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Natural family planning is the only Church-approved method for spacing births.
“In accordance with the personal and fully human character of conjugal love, family planning is rightly carried out as the result of a consensual dialogue between the spouses, respect for time and consideration for the dignity of the partner” , said Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia, his encyclical on the family.
“The use of methods based on the ‘laws of nature and the incidence of fertility’ should be promoted, since ‘these methods respect the body of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them and favor the education of a freedom authentic'” he wrote. , citing the encyclical of Pope John Paul II Humanae Vitae as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The upcoming educational program will be managed by FertilityCare Services Limited Educational Programs, led by Margaret P. Howard, MAM, CFCE. It will be sponsored by the Diocese of Salt Lake City Family Life Office. The program teaches the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, which is internationally recognized, consistent with Catholic teaching, approved by the USCCB, and accredited by the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals. It adheres to the AAFCP Code of Ethics and provides students with the necessary training to become eligible for AAFCP certification.
The Diocese partners with Dr. Joseph Stanford, MD, CFCMC, at Intermountain Fertility Care Services to train and maintain NFP practitioners. Currently, there are about five NFP practitioners in the region. The diocese is looking for five to seven additional students for this program and is particularly interested in enrolling bilingual students.
The 60-hour course will be held July 9-16 at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Salt Lake City. Students will be responsible for the $50 registration fee, room and board (if required), their own dinner each evening (breakfast and lunch included), and educational supplies of approximately $450. The one-week training will be followed by a distance internship over several weeks. A second phase of the training will be offered early next year, followed by another internship.
Those interested can email Painter at [email protected] for more information.