The future of evangelization depends in great part on the Church of the home.
—  Pope John Paul II,   Familiaris Consortio, 51

Marriage is a Mission

"The family, like the Church, ought to be a place where the Gospel is transmitted and from which the Gospel radiates. In a family which is conscious of this mission, all the members evangelize and are evangelized. And such a family becomes the evangelizer of many other families, and of the neighborhood of which it forms part."

Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 71


Parish Marriage Prep Programs

Witness to Love

Witness to Love is a virtues-based, Catechumenate model of marriage formation that integrates life-skills and the virtues to help couples facilitate an authentic dialogue. It's mission is to build and sustain communities of evangelizing spouses to be light in our world. Couples choose their mentor couple (which meets certain criteria) and it's goal is to continue that friendship and support after the wedding. A free parish retreat called "Be More" (with videos) can used to supplement sacramental catechesis.

Joy-Filled Marriage

Joy-Filled Marriage offers a comprehensive approach to marriage preparation that covers not only the sacramentality and theology of marriage, but the practical life skills necessary to live out the rich Catholic vision of marriage. Designed to be done as a self-paced course or with a live mentor couple, with an option for a completion certificate for easy tracking.

Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage

Beloved invites you to explore the mystery and meaning of marriage. Designed to be in small group settings, or led at a parish retreat, the Augustine Institute has beautifully produce six video sessions to be done with a workbook. The first six sessions focuses heavily on the sacramental theology of marriage.