Witness to Love’s unique methodology transforms existing models of Marriage Formation into a process that not only prepares couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony but also enriches existing marriages among mentors chosen by the engaged. This two for one evangelization process is founded upon classical principles of relational virtues in a way that truly renews trust among young Catholic couples and families as well as the parishes that become their new home of faith. Witness to Love provides this process through leadership formation as well as through sacramental preparation and enrichment ultimately leading to parish renewal. The focus is to create an environment/platform through the Marriage Mentors that draw couples closer together to Christ and the Parish.
Witness to Love Couples Marriage Prep Program is a virtues-based, Catechumenate model of marriage renewal and preparation that integrates modern principles of psychology and the virtues to help couples facilitate an authentic dialogue about their relationship. What makes Witness to Love unique is that the engaged couple chooses their own mentor couple. This is a couple they both admire and see as a source of faith formation. This mentor couple gives them a concrete connection and integration into the parish. Through the sharing of the mentor couples’ own marriage journey, the engaged couple inherits a “lifeline” of support in their commitment to Jesus and His Church. The mentors must meet some basic requirements and are coached by a trained parish coordinator to mentor the engaged couple. Unlike other mentor models, there is no need to build trust in order for the marriage prep process to work – the trust already exists. Deep conversions, encounters with Christ, and renewal happen consistently for both the mentors and the engaged couple.
Engaged Couples completing Witness to Love’s virtual pathway for marriage formation, please click here.
The Civil Marriage Initiative by Witness to Love is a comprehensive, revolutionary, nationally-researched and collaborative project. This project equips parishes and dioceses who desire to seek out, support, and inspire couples in civil unions to pursue transformative sacramental marriage formation. The Civil Marriage Initiative provides an experience that is personal, inviting, timely, engaging and allows a space for growth and formation in the Sacrament of Marriage for couples in civil unions seeking convalidation in the Catholic Church. To date there has never been a collaborative grassroots effort to reach civilly married couples. This initiative has been guided by diocesan leaders who sense the urgency of this outreach. Churches who participate in this revolutionary outreach receive training and marketing materials to invite couples in civil unions to receive sacramental marriage formation. Couples seeking convalidation would then follow a mentor/virtues based program similar to the WTL Couples Marriage Prep Program, but tailored to their specific needs as a civilly married couple.
This program is also available in Spanish. Find more information here.
[FREE] Be More: A Marriage Formation Retreat by Witness to Love was developed to provide couples a pathway to grow in community, identity and understanding their mission. To each and every couple preparing to receive and live out the Sacrament of Matrimony in today’s world – you were born for a time such as this and the grace of the sacrament is real! Let us walk with you, your mentors, and your church community as you prepare to be more in Christ! This retreat is carefully curated and jam packed with 14 core lessons including videos and resources from engaging and relatable Marriage Champions from around the country. Together, you will explore Theology topics and Life Skills topics as you grow closer to one another, Christ and his Church.
Be More is recommended as the retreat portion in forming Witness to Love engaged couples, Civil Marriage Initiative couples, Mentor couples and ALL married couples. We recommend ALL WTL couples complete ALL (6) retreat Theology Lessons. Life Skills Lessons may be assigned using the ‘WTL Scavenger Hunt List’. ALL registered participants have access to ALL retreat lessons (Theology and Life Skills).
[FREE] Be Light Date Night Mini Series by Witness to Love is a 5 part marriage enrichment and renewal series. Together we will explore various topics including belonging, expectations, the need for community, couples works of mercy and living as missionary disciples. We will dive deep into catechesis, marriage formation and evangelization as we grow closer to our beloved and in relationship with God. Each date night will include a video from a dynamic couple, reflection questions and recommended resources. The feel will be a combination of date night/parish mission/retreat/small group. Take this time to renew your marriage and build new relationships with other couples! Register today and let your marriage BE LIGHT!
Be Light Date Night Series is a great introduction into the five year marriage movement, Be Light: Year of Belonging (first of five years). The Date Night Series could easily be hosted via zoom if unable to host in a parish setting. All couples registered for ANY program/series in the WTL App have access to the FREE resources in the ‘Open Registration’ section of the main menu.
Find more information on Be Light Date Night Series here.
This series is also available in Spanish. Find more information here.
[FREE] Be Light: Year of Belonging by Witness to Love is the first year of a five year movement to draw married couples closer together in Christ while being transformed into family missionary disciples. The Year of Belonging highlights twelve Witness Couples from around the country exploring various topics that unpack the Sacrament of Matrimony. Belonging (the first of five years for the Be Light Series) will be released on the first Thursday of each month. The couple testimony video will be supplemented with an additional video of a priest or deacon covering the same topic released on the 2nd Thursday of the month, a podcast on the 3rd and will wrap up with a music event on the 4th Thursday of each month.
The Be Light Marriage Enrichment Movement creates a pathway for couples to continue growing closer together in Christ, relationship and community.
Find more information on Be Light: a Marriage Enrichment Movement here.