Congratulations on your engagement! 

The Church rejoices with you and is grateful for the gift of your loving commitment to each other.  The Church is one with you in prayer and loving support as you respond to God’s call in your life—living the fullness of your lives in marital love.

I assure you the Archdiocese is committed to assisting you to live this fullness of your lives in marital love.  This time of preparation is a blessing.  As you participate in your marriage preparation program, you will be enriched to live God’s call to holy love in marriage and family life.  I am confident that our Archdiocesan marriage preparation will provide you with life skills and faith formation to live your married life to its fullest, for the rest of your lives.  You can be assured of my prayers and may God bless you with His love and abundant graces.

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis

Seeking Facilitator Couples for Archdiocesan Marriage Preparation Workshops

Qualifications: Married at least five years; ages 30-55; engaging, energetic; love the Church and the fullness of truth; pursuing an active relationship with Jesus; open to sharing; and called to lead couples to a deeper faith. Some knowledge of Theology of the Body helpful.

Training will be provided.
Stipend: $500 per weekend
Hours: 14-15 hours, split over two days (12 hours of presenting). The workshops are two-day workshops held Saturdays and Sundays. Snacks and a meal are provided. We ask the facilitators to arrive 1-1½ hr. early to set up the workbooks and class materials.

For more information on the archdiocesan marriage preparation program, God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage, please click here.

If you are interested in serving as a Marriage Preparation Facilitator, please contact Kitty Mandis, Marriage Preparation Coordinator, Office of Laity & Family Life, 314.792.7182 or

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For more information on marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, please contact Kitty Mandis at or 314.792.7182