We are so excited that you are making a choice to nurture your marriage! We have several guest speaking engagements scheduled around the Diocese with local experts. We are happy to sponsor these events and they are listed on our events page. It is very important that couples married for five years and under connect with their parish to find a local marriage ministry. If you can't find one please reach out to us!
Marriage Ministries are offered throughout the Diocese on a parish level and include Cana Nights, and enrichment events. If your parish doesn't offer events and you are interested in starting a ministry, reach out to the Marriage and Family Office and we can help you develop and implement a plan.
We suggest three levels of Ministry including:
Tier I Marriage Accompaniment Ministers
These couples are beginning to attend and help with events that might be scheduled, they can help behind the scenes or with scheduling of Marriage Mentoring sessions.
Tier II Marriage Mentors
Married couples selected by their parish and trained by the diocese to assist in marriage preparation and enrichment. They meet with engaged or married couples and provide a living witness of Christian Marriage. Clergy can invite and register some of their married couples to be trained! Marriage Mentoring includes meeting with a practicing Catholic couple to help build or stabilize a relationship.
These Tier II Marriage Mentors are trained in administering the workbook from the Prepare-Enrich facilitator Report. The Marriage Mentors attend training to develop their skills and best practices and experience more fulfillment in their own marriage. This training is offered for about $45 per couple and includes the Marriage Mentoring Manual; as well as, Diocese of Cleveland resources.
Individual couples can reach out for an interview if you are interested in this powerful witness to Catholic Marriage.
Tier III are couples that may have previous training or related degree fields to become supervisors for Marriage Mentoring or full training in the Prepare-Enrich inventory Process.
Future Trainings are listed on the Ministry Leaders page if they are invitations only. Open events will be on the Marriage and Family Events page for upcoming dates and registration.
Greg Schutte has developed an online video and discussion series that many couples in Ohio have found to be very helpful. The site allows the user to sign up for emails or purchase the video discussion series.
The Catholic Marriage Summit is held each year and you can find a wealth of video resources for your marriage on their website. Check out their website and let our Marriage and Family Department know what you like best!
Dr. John Van Epp has done a great job of creating a very easy and basic wonderful tool for couples and families to learn how to build their relationship skills and attach with one another. If you are a parish leader and interested in bringing the program to your entire parish please reach out. If you want to sign up as an individual check out their website.
Marriages of Grace has gatherings at local establishments where the guest speaker and appetizers are provided through the registration fee and beverages are available for purchase.
Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) Weekends in Cleveland with Fr Ryan Mann! This effort is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, with Fr Ryan Mann as their chaplain; but open to couples of all faiths. It consists of a weekend experience for couples and six follow up sessions. The weekend begins at a hotel, beginning Friday evening and ends Sunday afternoon. For more information concerning the program or to register, please call Shelly at 216.509.0301 or Rob at 440.836.4810. For general questions call: 1.800.470.2230. Registration and additional information about the program can be found at www.helpourmarriage.org or by emailing HERE.
Theology of the Body Cleveland works with our schools and parishes to bring speakers and events to the Diocese of Cleveland.
Did you know that in June 2022, Pope Francis recognized WWME at the World Meeting of Families in Rome? Marriage Encounter has been around for more than 50 years and is used in almost 100 countries. They have helped over 3.5 million couples learn to listen to their spouse, share with their spouse and connect more deeply with their spouse.
Priests also report having a revitalized relationship with the Lord when they attend a weekend. Our local chapter is currently looking for more priests to take the weekend and help with this valuable resource.
The Goose is Loose! Couples have reported that their relationships have thrived after taking part in this online series about praying with the Holy Spirit.
There are many parishes that host marriage enrichment events at different times of the year, if you are a parish leader feel free to ask about advertising your event. If you are aware of local parishes that host a regularly occurring event for couples, please let us know. Contact the Director of Marriage & Family Ministry, Terri Yohman.
If you are interested in learning more about the large umbrella of the Marriage and Family Ministry Office please feel free to reach out to Ministry Support Specialist, Maria Wancata.
Visit the Marriage and Family Events page for upcoming dates and registration information.
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