Pax in Familia is an international Catholic ministry that is dedicated to peace, and to the prevention of violence and abuse in Catholic families. Based in San Diego, CA, USA, Pax in Familia was officially founded in 2015 in preparation for the World Meeting of Families by Dr. Christauria Welland-Akong. For 25 years, Dr. Welland-Akong worked as a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment and prevention of domestic violence, and for the past 50 years has served as a catechist for children, youth, migrant workers, and adults.
Her husband Michael Akong, MPH, L.Ac., offers technical and logistical expertise in videography, editing, etc to Pax in Familia. 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, including archbishops, bishops, priests, seminarians, sisters, counselors, catechists, and family life ministers, at a national level in Africa, Sri Lanka, and Latin America, and these pastoral agents have since established trainings and initiatives in their home countries.
Since 2021, we have offered our workshop for pastoral agents online in English, Spanish and French. For those in developing countries, this training is available through a full scholarship: https://health-transformations.learnworlds.com/
We also have a website: http://paxinfamilia.org/. On our website, there are three books (translated into several languages – English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Tamil, and Tagalog) that all pastoral agents can download free of charge.
Pax in Familia was 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.