Bishop Michael Kennedy the bishop for the Diocese of Armidale. He is the youngest of nine children and has had a long standing interest in marriage and family. He was appointed the Bishop Delegate to the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council in May 2012.
Phone: 02 6772 4971
Married 53 years. Ron & Mavis have four children and eight grandchildren. Ron is a Gastroenterologist and a Professor in the Medical Schools of the University of NSW and Notre Dame University (Sydney). Mavis is a former secondary school teacher. They were awarded Papal and Australian Honours (KSG/DSG, OAM) for introducing many family movements and programs into Australia. Ron and Mavis were founding members of the Pontifical Council for the Family, on which they served for over twenty five years (1983 – 2009). They currently chair the ACMFC.
Phone: 02 9349-1710
Bruce Ryan is Executive Secretary of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life. He has worked in this position since 2006, prior to which he had worked in social policy in the Commonwealth Public Service and in the private sector. He is married with five wonderful children and three delightful grandchildren.
Phone: 02 6201 9865
Mr Kevin & Mrs Margaret Andrews
Kevin and Margaret Andrews married in 1979, and have five children and one grandchild. They co-founded the Marriage Education Programme in 1980, which has provided marriage education courses for more than 20,000 couples. Margaret has been the editor of the national marriage education magazine, ‘Threshold,’ since 1987. They attended that World Meeting of Families in Rio de Janeiro in 1997, and are foundation members of the Council. Kevin has been a federal MP since 1991, and is a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family.
Mark and Ursula Boyd live in Central Queensland and have been married for over 20 years. Being the parents of seven children, they have a passion for family life which is borne from practical experience. They are involved in different family ministries in their Diocese and bring to the council the perspective of family life in rural Australia.
Married for 40 years, Keith and Anna have four children and three grandchildren. Anna and Keith spent 3 months in Rome in 1994 helping organise the First World Meeting of Families and chaired the celebrations for English speaking families at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. They were invited speakers at the 1997 World Meeting of Families in Rio de Janiero and have been members of the Council and its predecessor since 1998. They have been active members of Focolare Movement for some 30 years. Anna is a primary school teacher and Keith is an engineer – with a Master of Theology (Marriage and Family) from the John Paul II Institute.
Francine and Byron have been married since 1988 and have five children. Together they co-developed a number of marriage programmes and resources that have been utilised by thousands of couples throughout the world. The are the Directors of the Marriage Resource Centre.
Phone: 02 9319 6280