A Passion for marriage and family

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A Passion for marriage and family

Ben Smith believes his passion for marriage and family enticed him to accept the role as Director of the Life, Marriage and Family Office at the Archdiocese of Hobart.

“I’m passionate about marriage and family and I really feel the call to come down and help out in this area.”

Mr Smith brings with him a range of professional experience including many years working in business development and management across the not-for-profit, corporate and government sectors and more recently three years’ experience setting up the Life, Marriage and Family Office in the Diocese of Parramatta.

“I’ve had the experience of establishing the Life, Marriage and Family Office in Parramatta which I started from scratch. The team now comprises 18 people; four in a part-time capacity and 14 casual staff.”

Mr Smith said his team at Parramatta handle marriage preparation for 400 couples a year; run a marriage enrichment program; a natural fertility service, and promote the Church’s teaching on life issues. 

He is also equipped for the pastoral challenge having recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Studies from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne.

Mr Smith said that his main focus will be developing Archbishop Julian’s ‘Matrimonium Project,’ and the first step will be visiting parishes, and getting to know everyone and understanding their needs.

“I don’t want people to think I’m coming from the mainland with all of the answers. In the first six months I hope to do a lot of consultation and listening. I have some perspective but understanding each unique location [within Tasmania] is important.”

Mr Smith, his wife Julianna and their six children are looking forward to staying in Tasmania for ‘a good period of time.’

“Part of the move is that [my wife and the kids] have the opportunity to be close to nature and live in a less congested city.”