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The Importance of Fathers

The Importance of Fathers

The Importance of Fathers for their Daughters - Fr John Flader

PAL  16:9 HD
Running Time: 96mins

The role of fathers in the life of their daughters is crucial, yet few fathers are aware of how important they are. In this talk Fr John Flader, who has assisted many hundreds of fathers over the years, gives practical advice to help fathers raise balanced, self-confident, faith-filled daughters. Much of the talk is based on Meg Meeker’s excellent book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters (Regnery Publishing 2007). The talk is enhanced by high-definition film clips, photos and quotations.


As the Principal of a girls’ school, I know the challenges girls face in a consumerist culture which too often values their appearance above all else. Father Flader highlights the privileged role of fathers in helping their daughters develop a healthy self-identity based on unconditional love. It is an incredible responsibility! The father is a girl’s first real love and the model of every other man who enters her life.  His fatherhood also influences his daughter’s relationship with God as Father. It is important for a father to begin building a strong connection with his daughter from infancy and Father Flader gives practical ideas about how to do this, starting with the love a husband should demonstrate for his wife. Our world needs strong, confident and well-balanced women and Father Flader gives us a timely reminder that in many ways this begins with fathers. This DVD is essential viewing for fathers and mothers, for the happiness of their daughters and of the whole family. 

Katrina George, Principal of Tangara School for Girls, Cherrybrook, Sydney.

Time is short, your little girl is growing up. Are you in the game? Do you know how to listen with your eyes? Do you see yourself as your daughter sees you? Can you model authentic manhood... her happiness and her marriage will depend on it. Meg Meeker’s Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters is a must-read for today’s dads who wish to guide their daughters to happiness in this life and in the next. Fr John Flader with his customary clarity and wisdom distills the core messages from this marvellous book, meshing it with insights from Pope Francis. You will not be able to watch this DVD without setting yourself personal goals that will change the dynamics in your home and in your relationship with your daughter.

Andrew Mullins, author of Parenting for Character



Fr John Flader BA (Harvard), DCL (Navarre), was ordained a priest of Opus Dei in 1967 and came to Australia in 1968. He has served as chaplain of Warrane College at the University of New South Wales (1970-1991), chaplain of the University of Tasmania (1992-1997) chaplain of RMIT University (1998-2001), Director of the Catholic Adult Education Centre of the Archdiocese of Sydney (2002-2010), chaplain of Montgrove College (2011-2014) and since 2015 chaplain of Tangara School for Girls in Cherrybrook, Sydney.


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