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Courtney Pourciau is the Witness to Love Parish Support Team Leader. Courtney is married to Pat Pourciau. They have 2 daughters and reside in Cajun Country in Breaux Bridge, La.
Courtney and Pat were introduced to Witness to Love when asked to be a mentor couple. Soon after accepting the mentoring invitation, they were asked by their pastor to be the Marriage Prep Coordinators of their church parish. Courtney and Pat have been working with the Witness to Love ministry for 2 years now.
Courtney is passionate about Witness to Love because she has experienced the undeniable impact this ministry has had on her parish as well as her own marriage. She has witnessed firsthand that this program is not only for marriage prep, but also marriage enrichment. Courtney feels Witness to Love is a gift with the potential to change the culture of marriage, and ultimately the family as a whole. She is grateful to Ryan and Mary Rose for accepting God’s mission in strengthening marriages in our communities, and for inviting her to be part of that mission.
Courtney is eager to partner with you on your endeavor with implementing Witness to Love in your church parish and changing the culture of marriage!
Daniela Mazzone is the Witness to Love Spanish Parish Support Team Leader. Daniela was born and raised in New York City to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. She had a major conversion to the Catholic faith as a teenager through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the gift of good friends. She served as a youth minister from her late teenage years through her early twenties. In 2012, she began working in the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York with the Sisters of Life, where her passion for marriage, family, and pro-life ministry was nourished. A majority of her work included serving the hispanic community and forming them in the Church’s teaching on marriage and family. During her time in the Archdiocese, she was also involved with Catholic Voices USA, an organization that trains leaders to present the Church’s case in the public square. Daniela made live appearances on CNN Español and FoxNews.com, and was a regular contact for radio interviews. Daniela and her husband Jeff reside in the Hudson Valley area of New York with their daughter and baby on the way!
We loved being Witness to Love marriage preparation mentors. When we were married, we were only required to attend a one day session. We wish that all couples were given this opportunity. We became closer to the couple than we had even hoped for. They opened up to us so much. The mentoring process was such a blessing because we took the time to revisit important decisions and events that had happened during our twelve years of marriage.
— Jill & John, Witness to Love mentor couple
Witness to Love “reintegrates” the mentor couple as well, not only into the parish, but also into their own marriage. It gives them a set of “fresh” eyes towards their own relationship with each other and with God.
— Deacon David Dawson, Pastoral Associate
A program that is true to its name, Witness to Love is that on many levels because it builds Church at every level. It is a blessing to our Parish, our community and our Church. Let Witness to Love share love in your Parish. You won’t regret it.
— Don & Sharon, Witness to Love mentor couple
The more I do in ministry, including marriage prep, the more I am convinced that in today’s culture real evangelization happens person to person. (…)The Witness to Love mentor couples always express their gratitude for being part of the process. They always comment that it was “very good for their own marriage.” As a pastor, Witness To Love is a no-brainer for this very reason. We get the chance to evangelize, form, and catechize two couples for the price of one! Give Witness To Love a try and you will not regret it.
— Fr. Andrew Merrick, Pastor
I believe we definitely grew as a couple, not only closer to each other, but closer to God and the church.
— Jeremy & Lindsay, Witnesses to Love engaged couple participants
It is with enthusiasm that I recommend Witness to Love’s programs and resources to you. The fruits fostered by this ministry bring about deeper parish connection and authentic accompaniment for engaged and newly married couples.
— Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans
The process was amazing. We didn’t think we had a perfect marriage, but the fact that someone thought the way we lived, prayed, and loved was an inspiration was truly an eye opener for US for what we really had.
— Caprice & Dane, Witness to Love mentor couple