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Strengthening Marriages Through Faith & Commitment

Witness to Love provides a transformative journey for couples, guiding them through faith-based marriage preparation and ongoing support.

Couples

Through comprehensive resources and ongoing support, Witness to Love equips couples with the tools to navigate challenges and strengthen their bond for a lifetime of love in Christ.

Church Leaders

Witness to Love provides church leaders with comprehensive training and resources to cultivate thriving marriages within their communities, fostering a culture of love, faith, and commitment.

Investors

Support Witness to Love's mission of fostering enduring Christ-centered marriages and ensuring couples worldwide receive formation, connection, and resources needed to build strong, loving marriages.

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What is Witness to Love?

Witness to Love 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.

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Events

WTL hosts a variety of events ranging from certification trainings for marriage formation leaders to Date Nights for couples!

Media Center

The Witness to Love Media Center features a diverse range of resources including articles, downloads, podcasts, and videos.

Resources

Marriage preparation materials, mentor training guides, and faith-based content to support couples at every stage of their relationship.

Clergy

Catholic Marriage Preparation

Clergy play a pivotal role in preparing engaged couples to bestow the gift of themselves to their beloved. Through Witness to Love's revolutionary approach to marriage formation, comprehensive training, and ongoing support, you'll be empowered to foster evangelizing spouses who radiate Christ's love in the world.

Why Parishes are Switching to Witness to Love

Witness to Love marriage preparation lowers the chances of divorce and increases the chances of parish involvement.

Traditional Marriage Prep

23
%

Divorce Rate for Catholic Couples 5-Year Mark

25
%

Divorce Rate for General Population 5-Year Mark

Witness to Love

5.8
%

Divorce Rate for Witness to Love Couples 5-Year Mark

80
%

Increase in church attendance among Witness to Love newlyweds.

Your Irreplaceable Role

 

Your irreplaceable role in the Witness to Love process and its benefits.

Prayerful Discernment
Welcome

Your first meeting with a couple wishing to get married at your parish may be the couple’s first step in coming back home to the Church. Inviting them to pray and discern mentors to accompany them on their journey demonstrates trust in both them and the Holy Spirit. This allows couples to take ownership of this sacred time of preparation.

Intentional Time
Empower

In using mentors, you are inviting married couples to step into their mission of being the image of Christ’s love in the world. You are encouraging both couples to be active participants in their formation, equipping them to be evangelizing spouses in their communities.

Parish Involvement
Evangelize

Throughout the formation process, you are provided many opportunities for evangelization including an evening with both couples at the mentor’s home for a Theology Discussion Night. And because couples that go through Witness to Love often continue to attend Mass after the wedding, you will have even more opportunities to share the Good News with them! 

Laity
Reawaken

The planning and celebration of the wedding liturgy with engaged couples is an opportunity to remind them of the common priesthood received at baptism. With your guidance, they can be assured that they have an important place in the life of the Church!

How It Works

 

The Couples Roadmap represents a structured approach to guiding engaged couples through intentional preparation for their future marriage and family life. It emphasizes the importance of investing at least 6 months in this process to ensure a solid foundation. If couples are getting married within the next 5 months, discussions with the priest or deacon about available options are encouraged. Furthermore, the flexibility of Witness to Love allows for participation post-wedding if time constraints prevent pre-marital engagement.

Scroll through the marriage preparation process below, including directions and suggestions.

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Phase I

Initial Preparation

πŸ“  Meet with parish priest or deacon

πŸ“  Choose a mentor couple

πŸ“  Complete the premarital inventory

πŸ“  Attend coaching session with parish marriage coordinator

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Phase II

Marriage Formation

πŸ“  Register for a natural Family Planning course

πŸ“  Monthly meetings with mentor couple

πŸ“  Complete parish Scavenger Hunt activities

πŸ“  Attend parish, diocesan or WTL Be More Retreat

πŸ“  Theology Discussion Night with mentors and clergy

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Phase III

Nuptial Mass Planning

β›ͺ  Wedding Liturgy Planning with your priest or deacon

πŸ’  Wedding Day

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Phase IV

Post-Wedding Day

πŸ“  Join parish Be Light small group marriage communities

πŸ“  Continued accompaniment from mentors

πŸ“  Thriving generations of marriages and families

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Phase V

Civilization of Love

πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ‘¨  Mentor younger couples

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πŸ’» Get ongoing support from Witness to Love through our online resources

The WTL difference

The vital importance of Witness to Love couples being able to choose their own mentor couple lies in fostering a sense of comfort, trust, and relatability within the mentorship dynamic. By allowing couples to select mentors who resonate with their values, experiences, and personalities, the mentorship process becomes more authentic, effective, and supportive.

This personalized approach empowers couples to form deeper connections, openly address challenges, and receive guidance tailored to their unique circumstances, ultimately enhancing the success and impact of the mentorship journey.

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Next Steps

Step 1

Order a FREE Parish Review pack to preview our materials.

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Step 2

Delegate a Marriage Formation Coordinator! You can be the Marriage Formation Coordinator, but most often, priests delegate the role to a deacon or married couple.

Learn More About MFC's

Step 3

Complete the online Certification Training.

Get Certified

Step 4

Not ready to bring WTL to your parish? You can still have your couples experience WTL through our Virtual Pathway, providing flexibility and accessibility for couples.

With online coaching, we take care of everything for you!

Learn More

Step 5

Login to access member-only content and connect with us for ongoing support.

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What Our Couples Are Saying

We’re honored to help couples build a strong foundation for their marriage vocation.

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I definitely think I will be more active in the parish because of Witness to Love. While my fiance has been a part of the Catholic Church her whole life, it was very new to me to dive in and have deep conversations about the faith. The program got me really interested in continuing to learn about the Catholic Church.
John and Bailey
Diocese of Lansing, MI
Jason and Elizabeth
More than 11 years ago we went through our marriage prep class and we both found Witness to Love to be so much more valuable. It was amazing to be able to revisit these topics with a young engaged couple. Through the discussions, we reaffirmed the "through good times and bad" mentality for any challenges, and we also have made changes to be open to life after being closed off for three years.
Jason and Elizabeth
Mentor Couple, Diocese of Cheyenne, WY
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We hope that online programs such as Witness to Love and Be More Retreat become more readily available and talked about within our parish communities. This program was super beneficial, and would work extremely well with young couples seeking marriage that face the challenges of military schedules or long distance, etc.
David and Clare
Diocese of Venice, FL