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As a dating or engaged couple, conversation probably comes easily. Just about anything that is, except ugly disagreements.
Marriage preparation programs also supply couples with proven strategies for overcoming tough times.
The formal marriage preparation process varies from parish to parish, but it usually involves one or more of the following ingredients: Inter-faith couples (a Catholic marrying someone who practices a religion other than Christianity) may wish to spend extra time exploring issues around their different faith traditions during the marriage preparation process; fortunately, there are many resources available to help.
There is also growing evidence that marriage preparation programs significantly reduce the risk of divorce.
Marriage preparation programs take different forms, but they all aim to help couples talk about issues that may not have come up while they were dating, such as finances, raising kids, chores, family backgrounds, conflict resolution, and gender roles.
If you have never been on a retreat and are not sure where to start, or if you don’t know where to look for retreat centers near you, we are here to help.
While many engaged couples focus on preparing for the wedding day, the Church encourages them to spend their engagement preparing for a strong, lifelong marriage—and the responsibilities and challenges that come with it.
Some couples view the Church’s marriage preparation requirements as an unfair burden; they “just want to get married.” But according to one study, most couples (nearly 94 percent) who completed a marriage preparation program found it to be a valuable experience, especially in the early years of marriage (see "For Your Marriage").
And the only way to live in the present is to heal and release what no longer serves us.
Chris had a full time private psychotherapy practice in Orlando, Florida, until she came to upstate New York to start a retreat center. She believes that we bring our old beliefs, past experiences, and learned behaviors into our present relationships.