The Augustinians of the Midwest are encouraged to mark the United Nations' International Day of Families, May 15, 2016, in their communities and ministries. The Augustinians invite and encourage all who identify with Augustinian spirituality and traditions to do likewise.
This Day highlights many of the family values that form a basic part of Catholic moral teaching.
The observance recognizes the importance of the family as the basic unit of society. The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and can become a powerful mobilizing factor on behalf of families in all countries, allowing them to lobby for the protection and support of family issues appropriate to each society.
Theme for 2016
The International Day of Families theme for 2016 is “Families, Healthy Lives and Sustainable Future.”
This theme focuses on the importance of strong family life for sustainable development in our world and the importance of sustainable development to support strong family life.
The Day of Families is an opportunity to learn more about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the nations of the world in 2015 and how moving toward these goals can promote healthy family life.
It is an occasion to explore, reflect, pray, and act to strengthen family life in our own homes and in our world.