Internet initiative from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops full of resources to help you enhance and build a happy, strong marriage.
Unhappiness in marriage is often because we speak different love languages, believes Dr. Gary Chapman. In 30 years as a marriage counselor he identified five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. Discover the language of you and your spouse and learn to communicate in a new way.
Covenant of Love
Parish-based monthly gathering of couples to assist them in becoming the "true" domestic church by providing practical tools to live God's plan for marriage..
Book Suggestions for Marriage Enrichment
For Better ... Forever: A Catholic Guide to Lifelong Marriage
Greg and Lisa Popcak reveal the secrets of a "for better, forever" marriage, whether you are a newlywed or have been married for years.
They also use cutting-edge psychology to a clearly explain the Catholic vision of love and marriage in this beautiful and practical book.
Love & Respect
Dr. Emmerson Eggerichs develops the biblical passage from Ephesians 5:33 ("But every husband must love his wife as he loves himself, and wives should respect their husbands" -- God's Word® translation).
His premise is that communication between a husband and wife is often frustrated because of the vastly different ways in which men and women perceive love. Women are wired to need unconditional love while men need to feel unconditionally respected.
The Marriage God Wants for You
Cardinal Donald Wuerl combines his years of pastoral experience and his gift as a teacher with short vignettes by married couples courage to weave both a useful resource for marriage preparation and guidance for any Catholic confused about the debates on marriage.
His book, subtitled "Why the Sacrament Makes All the Difference," gives hope and courage to both engaged couples and those married for many years.
A weekend of marriage renewal and dialogue
Green Bay/Fox Valley
Dennis and Sue Amtmann
Phone: (920) 544-5166
All Military Veterans and their spouses attend free. For all other couples, the only required cost is a $40 non-refundable registration fee. During the weekend participants may choose to make an additional free will donation.
A program to help couples in troubled marriages heal and renew their marriage relationship
Milwaukee/Green Bay/Escanaba | Retrouvaille of Milwaukee/Green Bay
Willie and Betsy Gonwa
Phone: (414) 502-7685
Testimonial | One woman's account of how Retrouvaille helped her marriage
Testimonial | Couple: Retrouvaille saved marriage (NOTE: Contact information outdated and should not be used)
Book Suggestions for Marriage Help and Healing
Marriage 911: How God Saved Our Marriage (and Can Save Yours, Too!)
Authors Greg and Julie Alexander had decided that divorce was the only way out of what they thought was a lifeless, loveless marriage. Basing their life together on the things society says are important took them spiraling downward until they literally hit rock bottom.
Quite unexpectedly, a faithful priest guided them back to the truths of the Church, and they were able to restore the love they once had for each other. Marriage 911 chronicles Greg and Julie's journey back to marital happiness built on a strong Catholic faith and offers emergency hope to struggling couples.
When Divorce Is Not an Option
Dr. Gregory Popcak's clinical experience and recent research show that the difference between happy and unhappy marriages lies in the habits -- both good and bad -- that are practiced in the home.
In this book, subtitled "How to Heal Your Marriage & Nurture Lasting Love," you'll discover the simple steps needed to root out behavior that leaves you resentful and demoralized, and to begin practicing positive habits that facilitate mutual respect and cultivate admiration.
The Good Marriage Guide: The Practical Guide to Improving Your Relationship
John Farrelly's compact, concise, and informative guide is for couples who want to save or strengthen their relationship and avoid divorce. Based on over 15 years' experience in counseling, mental health, and social research it provides psychological and social insights for couples to transform, consolidate, and enjoy their marriage and relationship. It offers insights on avoiding conflict, overcoming infidelity, separating from our family of origin, maintaining work-life balance, parenting, and effective communication. In modern and understandable language, it examines couples' key challenges and helps them confront and master life's inevitable crises while maintaining the strength of their marriage.
Honor and Celebrate Couples' Special Anniversaries
Anniversary certificates are a wonderful way to recognize the many years couples have shared.
Recognize milestone anniversaries in your parish with a certificate signed by Bishop David Ricken (sample below).
How to Order Certificates
Individuals or couples interested in receiving a certificate should contact their parish, which will order the certificate from the Diocesean Marriage Ministries office.
Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.
FOCCUS Resources for Ministry Leaders
FOCCUS, an acronym for Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding & Study, is a pre-marriage inventory for engaged couples facilitated by trained parish leaders and volunteers.
FOCCUS is a parish ministry that helps couples to prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage and is one component of the marriage preparation process.
FOCCUS Training Schedule
FOCCUS Facilitators Training will be posted here as sessions are scheduled.
Registration Deadline: One Week in Advance
Registration fee: $85.00 | Includes the new 4th Edition FOCCUS Manual, training, additional materials, and food. Parishes will be sent an invoice from this office after training is completed. (Note: each facilitator trainee -- an individual or a couple -- needs a manual, which is purchased by the parish.) This training is partially funded by the Bishop's Appeal.
ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED | NO WALK-IN registrations will be accepted