Family Ministry/Respect Life

The Office of Family Ministry provides informational resources for marriage preparation, marriage encounter, sponsor couple training, respect life, natural family planning, marriage enrichment and other opportunities available within the Diocese of Bismarck and beyond. The office brings a family perspective to these and other church ministries.

"The family is fundamental because that is where the first awareness of the meaning of life germinates in the human soul. It germinates in the relationship with the mother and the father, who are not masters of their children's lives but are God's primary collaborators in the transmission of life and faith.

"Divine love, which unites a man and a woman and makes them become parents, is capable of generating in the hearts of their children the seed of faith, that is, the light of the deep meaning of life."
                                                                 -Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Oct. 3, 2010


2013 Family Ministry Brochure




Joyce McDowall
Director, Office of Family Ministry
520 N. Washington St.
PO Box 1137
Bismarck, ND 58502-1137 
Phone:701-204-7209
Fax: 222-0269
jmcdowall@bismarckdiocese.com







Amanda Ellerkamp
Coordinator, Respect Life & Natural Family Planning
520 N. Washington St.
PO Box 1137
Bismarck, ND 58502-1137 
Phone:701-590-2837
aellerkamp@bismarckdiocese.com







Beverly Hulm
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant 
520 N. Washington St.
PO Box 1137
Bismarck, ND 58502-1137 
Phone:701-204-7185
bhulm@bismarckdiocese.com
 

Calendar (Next 10 upcoming events)
  • North Dakota voters will have an opportunity to enact the proposed Human Life Amendment this November. The proposed amendment to North Dakota’s state constitution provides as follows: “The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.”