The Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) was established in 1980 by the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin.
Its mandate was renewed and enhanced following a Synod of the Catholic Church in January 2003 under Archbishop Edward J. Gilbert, C.S.S.R.
The resolutions at the Synod, as amended at the Second Synod in 2005 stated that such a Commission be mandated to develop, promote and co ordinate Marriage and Family Life Programmes for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain.
It was envisaged that the AFLC would proclaim to all people the plan of God for marriage and family life and thus contribute to the renewal of Church and Nation. This would require, among other things, bringing together the resources of the Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago, and strengthening and developing the Church’s role in providing pastoral care for Marriage and Family.