This is the first of two talks given by Stijn Van den Bossche during the the first national conference of The Council for Marriage and the Family of the Irish Episcopal Conference which was held on 28 September 2013 in Maynooth.
Stijn Van den Bossche is married to Grace and they have three grown-up children. He has a doctorate in theology from the Catholic University of Leuven. He is secretary-general of an Interdiocesan Commission for Catechesis in the Bishops’ Conference of Belgium. He is also involved in theological training of lay people for teaching and pastoral work. At the Leuven he teaches a course of theology of marriage.