Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation Program

As marriage rates decline worldwide and half of marriages end in divorce, it is essential that we do all we can to promote healthy, happy, permanent relationships.  Overall, healthy marriages reduce the likelihood of illness, both mental and physical, and speed recovery from trauma.   In a healthy marriage, parents are a protective factor against childhood risky behavior, and model kindness and respect for children’s relationships. The home is the center for teaching children values.

Religious, educational and social institutions are in a prime position to encourage couple to discuss important topics prior to their entry into marriage and increase their change of staying together.

The FOCCUS© Pre-Marriage Inventory helps engaged couples appreciate their unique relationship, learn more about themselves, and discuss topics important to their lifelong marriage. The Inventory was designed for couples preparing for marriage or seriously considering marriage.  It provides them with a personalized profile of their relationship, its strengths and challenges.

Following the first meeting with Father Oliver, couples will be referred to our FOCCUS Facilitators who will guide couples in completing their inventory and proceeding with additional marriage preparation and education.