Pax in Familia is an international Catholic ministry dedicated to peace, and to the prevention of violence and abuse in Catholic families. Based in San Diego, CA, USA, it was officially founded in 2015 in preparation for the World Meeting of Families by Dr. Christauria Welland-Akong, a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment and prevention of domestic violence for 25 years, and a catechist for children, youth, migrant workers, and adults for 50 years.
Her husband Michael Akong, MPH, L.Ac., offers technical and logistical expertise in videography, editing, etc. Given the shocking prevalence of violence against Catholic women worldwide, we seek to educate pastoral agents on how to understand and respond when they are confronted with this common problem in their ministries, and how to integrate the prevention of violence in their youth and family ministries.
We have trained over a thousand pastoral agents at a national level in Africa, Sri Lanka, and Latin America, and they have gone on to establish trainings and initiatives throughout their countries. The participants have included archbishops, bishops, priests, seminarians, sisters, counselors, catechists, and family life ministers.
Since 2021, we offer our workshop for pastoral agents online in English, Spanish and French. This training for trainers can be accessed with a full scholarship for those in developing countries. https://health-transformations.learnworlds.com/
We also have a website where three books for pastoral agents in several languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Tamil, and Tagalog) can be downloaded at no charge. http://paxinfamilia.org/
Pax in Familia has been invited to speak to the assembly on the topic of violence in Catholic families at the World Meeting of Families in Rome in June, 2022.