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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.

Civilly Married Couples

Catholic Marriage Preparation

Weโ€™re honored to journey with you as you prepare to receive the Sacrament of Marriage. Through virtue formation, accompaniment by local mentors of your choosing, and coaching from parish coordinators or Witness to Love Coaches, youโ€™ll be equipped to become evangelizing spouses who share their light with the world. It is our mission to renew the Church through relationships by giving you lifelines to hold on to and not hoops to jump through!

 

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How it Works

 

We encourage you to invest at least 6 months in your future marriage and family. If you are getting married in the next 5 months, we invite you to discuss your options with your priest or deacon. Know that you are always welcome to go through the Witness to Love experience as newlyweds if you cannot make the time commitment before your wedding!

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

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Phase I

Initial Preparation

๐Ÿ“  Meet with parish priest or deacon

๐Ÿ“  Choose a mentor couple

๐Ÿ“  Complete the premarital inventory

๐Ÿ“  Attend coaching session with parish marriage coordinator

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Phase II

Marriage Formation

๐Ÿ“  Register for a natural Family Planning course

๐Ÿ“  Monthly meetings with mentor couple

๐Ÿ“  Complete parish Scavenger Hunt activities

๐Ÿ“  Attend parish, diocesan or WTL Be More Retreat

๐Ÿ“  Theology Discussion Night with mentors and clergy

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Phase III

Nuptial Mass Planning

โ›ช  Wedding Liturgy Planning with your priest or deacon

๐Ÿ’  Wedding Day

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Phase IV

Post-Wedding Day

๐Ÿ“  Join parish Be Light small group marriage communities

๐Ÿ“  Continued accompaniment from mentors

๐Ÿ“  Thriving generations of marriages and families

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Phase V

Civilization of Love

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ‘จ  Mentor younger couples

๐ŸŽ Find other ways to use your gifts to serve your community

๐Ÿ’ป Get ongoing support from Witness to Love through our online resources

Marriage Formation Pathways

We offer two pathways for a transformational marriage formation experience. You can work with your local Witness to Love parish or diocese, or we can do the coaching for you if you do not have a WTL parish nearby! Both options offer mentorship by local couples of your choosing and a connection to your parish for ongoing support.

Parish Coaching

Witness to Love is active in over 500 parishes in the U.S, Canada, and beyond. A trained Marriage Formation Coordinator, priest, or deacon will guide you (and your mentors) in your journey to the altar, giving you the necessary materials and digital tools, while making you feel a vital member of the community! 

Online Coaching

Don't live near a Witness to Love parish? No worries! You can still benefit from our unique mentor-led, virtues-based approach. Our trained online coaches are here to guide you (and your mentors) in your marriage formation journey online. Simply click the button below to get started and order your materials, and one of our coaches will be in touch!

About the Workbook

Sacramental Marriage Formation for Couples in Civil Unions

Each chapter contains โ€œmountains to conquerโ€ or common areas for growth in marriage, and โ€œgear you will needโ€ or virtues to support that growth. The online content are witness videos from real couples sharing their stories in one of these areas.

Witness to Love Civil Marriage Initiative: Sacramental Marriage Formation for Couples in Civil Unions

How to Choose a Mentor Couple

When choosing a mentor couple, think of a couple who:

  • Has been married in the Catholic Church for 5 years or more
  • Is actively practicing their faith
  • Has a marriage and family you both admire
  • Attends your current or future parish or the church where you will be getting married
  • Is not immediate family

What Our Couples Are Saying

Weโ€™re honored to help couples build a strong foundation for their marriage vocation.

Jill & Karl
Since we didn't have a sacramental marriage prior to our convalidation, we now fully understand the difference between the contract of our civil union and the covenant of our marriage in the Catholic church. Although we entered the Witness to Love Civil Marriage Initiative prep program with a strong, committed marriage we definitely grew in Trust, Forgiveness and Accountability as we went through our marriage preparation. Our marriage is stronger than ever.
Karl and Jill
Civilly Married Couple, Archdiocese of Seattle, WA
Aaron & Nicole
We feel stronger after going through Witness to Love as a married couple and want to re-read the book every year or so just to refresh and stay on top of keeping our marriage strong.
Aaron and Nicole
Mentor Couple, Archdiocese of Detroit, MI
Dominique and Jose (1)-1
The Witness to Love program has helped us create a bond of trust and we will always feel comfortable with our mentor couple. Our relationship has grown so much and they have made us feel so comfortable by being able to talk and discuss any question about marriage. We plan on keeping our meetings going and to have dinners together.
Dominique and Jose
WTL Couple, Diocese of Victoria, TX

Begin your journey!

Whether you choose parish or online coaching, both aim to empower couples to nurture and enrich their faith-filled relationships.