Our Mission & History
Family Honor was created in 1988 in South Carolina by parents who envisioned something better for their children in the area of sex education other than the negative and harmful approach the current culture was offering. Those moms and dads who were a part of forming Family Honor knew, as parents themselves, that they wanted:
- programs with a clear message that living the virtue of chastity was possible, and that choosing chastity was the best way for teens to avoid situations that often lead to tragic consequences;
- programs that not only talked about chastity, but sought to strengthen family communication and empower and encourage parents on a wide range of related important topics;
- programs which offered a positive, hopeful approach to teaching chastity that would respect the right of parents to be the primary people who would speak to their kids about sex, love, dating, marriage and more;
- programs that actually would include parents as participants in any programs for which they registered their teen or pre-teen;
- programs in which Church teaching on sex, respect for life, virtue and more would be presented accurately and in an easy-to-understand format;
- programs that would preserve modesty when talking about anatomy and fertility;
- programs offering helpful articles, booklets, tools, and follow-up information that parents could continue to use;
- and finally, programs that were relaxed, fun, and memorable.
In addition to all of the above, Family Honor also wanted an approach that was evidence-based, i.e. based on what research showed was actually was most effective. It turns out that Family Honor’s family-centered, parent-empowering approach is on the right track. In one of the largest and most significant studies ever done on adolescent risk-taking behavior, the results of a national study on 18,000 adolescents showed:
The single biggest factor in helping teens avoid risk-taking behaviors (drinking, smoking, early age of sexual debut, school truancy, drug use, suicide) is the degree of ‘connectedness’ between parent and child. The researchers defined connectedness as the sense of warmth and caring from the parent as perceived by the child.
Finally, Family Honor organizers also wanted the men and women who present our programs to be well-prepared, and thus we developed Understanding the Human Person, a college-level course that is the first step in training new Family Honor Presenters and which can also be used for continuing education. We also offer ‘short courses’ now as well for continuing education for our presenters and other interested adults.
Family Honor is faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. And our programs, courses and materials are grounded in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, with emphasis on the philosophy and teaching found in Humanae Vitae, Familiaris Consortio, Deus Caritas Est and The Theology of the Body.
At a time when the truth about God’s gift of sexuality is needed more than ever, Family Honor, Inc. is here to help you and your family. Please contact us today to find out more about bringing one of our programs or seminars to your parish or diocese: 803.929.0858 or Use our Contact form to email us.
Family Honor Executive Director Brenda Cerkez and Program Presenter Vincent Weaver appeared on EWTN program, The Church Universal.
1 Resnick, MI, et al. “Protecting Adolescents from Harm: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health,” Journal of the American Medical Association, September, 1997.