Natural Family Planning: Respecting and Honoring the Total Self-Giving of Married Love

What is Natural Family Planning (or NFP)?

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the general title for the scientific, natural and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancies.

NFP methods are based on the observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy. Since the methods of NFP respect the love-giving (unitive) and life-giving (procreative) nature of the conjugal act, they support God’s design for married love.

NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.

“Married love differs from any other love in the world. By its nature, the love of husband and wife is so complete, so ordered to a lifetime of communion with God and each other, that it is open to creating a new human being they will love and care for together. Part of God’s gift to husband and wife is this ability in and through their love to cooperate with God’s creative power. Therefore, the mutual gift of fertility is an integral part of the bonding power of marital intercourse. That power to create a new life with God is at the heart of what spouses share with each other.” (USCCB, Married Love and the Gift of Life, 2006)

Natural Family Planning Resources

Certified Local NFP instructors

NFP TrainerOrganizationContactParish of Association
Miguel & Jackie AguilarCCL & Creighton       Email210-415-8643St. Anthony Mary Claret
Victor & Cara ArgumedoCCL & Creighton       Email603-731-9014St. Francis of Assisi
Helga & Jose Daniel BrionesFamily of the AmericasEmail210-897-9484St. Rose of Lima
Neal & Shelley DavisCCL PromotersEmail830-285-8864Divine Mercy – New Braunfels
Brittney DeWinneFamily of the AmericasEmail210-859-8834St. Mark Parish
Christopher & Nicole GloweCCL InstructorsEmail210-257-6616St. Anthony Mary Claret
Guillermina Pinelo HinojosaFamily of the Americas210-367-5307St. Jude
Greg & Martha KauffmanCCL InstructorsEmail GregEmail Martha830-980-9723Shrine of Padre Pio
Gerardo & Carmen LeonCLL & Creighton       Email832-586-5337Holy Trinity
Esperanza MaciasFamily of the Americas210-844-5171St. Jude
Kevin & Lisa McCormickCCL InstructorsEmail830-257-7803Notre Dame – Kerrville
Ty & Gabriela MeyerCCL PromotersEmail210-455-2028Diocese of Victoria
John & Cathy NixCCL InstructorsEmail210-695-8020St. Mark
Eddie & Jessica PenaFamily of the AmericasEmail512-586-6622St. Joseph – Del Rio
Cynthia & Oscar PrietoFamily of the AmericasEmail915-491-9398Holy Trinity
Marisol RoblesFamily of the AmericasEmail210-861-8009Blessed Sacrament
Kathy SadlerFamily of the AmericasEmail281-787-7826St. Joseph – Del Rio
Violeta & Victor VasquezFamily of the Americas956-517-0666St. Joseph – South San
Monica WilkesCreightonEmail972-832-3682St. Peter – Boerne
Shira WiseCreighton (online, long distance)Email509-308-6640Three Rivers area
Various TrainersNatural WomanhoodEmail210-427-2260Any Parish as Requested

Questions or Comments?

Barry Schoedel
Director for Family Evangelization & Faith Formation