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Teams supporting marriage and families


It was a time for faith, information sharing, connection across language and culture, and a little bit of sightseeing when the local Teams Movement hosted the International Leading Team recently.

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The Leading Team currently comprises members from Columbia, Brazil, Togo, Italy, France, Spain, and Australia. They were in Adelaide for a week of meetings in October, including discussions with the Archdiocese’s Vicar General Fr Dean Marin and Vicar for Religious Sr Liz Morris.

The week also included a visit to the MacKillop Precinct, workshops with Oceania at the Sophia Centre and St Aloysius College, and Mass at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral. There was also time to take in sights such as Cleland Wildlife Park and Montefiore Hill.

The Teams Movement has been open to couples worldwide since 1939 and there are now more than 150,000 members. It assists married couples – as well as those who may be by themselves due to separation or the death of a partner – to grow in their relationship, deepen their faith and forge friendships.

The members of each ‘Team’ usually meet in each other’s homes once a month for a meal, liturgy and discussion on anything from relationships, to Church and world issues.

SA-based Petra Ball and Terry McDevitt, who are the Oceania Responsible Couple, said in today’s busy world the foundation of Teams was more relevant than ever.

“Whether you are in your twenties or sixties, this movement of married spirituality might just be something to consider and explore,” Terry said.

“Ideally your Team will also include a spiritual counsellor, priest or religious who can walk with you, pray, and share your struggles and joys.

“Our dream is to have Teams strengthening marriages and integral to the Church community in every parish, diocese and town across the country.”

For further information about Teams go to or contact SA/NT & WA Regional Couple, Jo and Chris Adey at

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