Marriage Prep

Seminar:   Marriage Prep, 2012-2013
Instructor:   Dr. Jim and Dr. Jen Madden, Archdiocesan Certified Teachers
Registration: Call 913.367.2301 or email


Part I (fall or spring)

Fall NFP Prep2-4:30pm, St. Martin Center, SU206
  • Sept 15
Natural Family Planning (NFP), Session 1
  • Oct 27
Natural Family Planning (NFP), Session 2
  • Nov 17
Natural Family Planning (NFP), Session 3


Spring NFP Prep2-4:30pm, St. Martin Center, SU206
  • Feb 19
Natural Family Planning (NFP), Session 1
  • Mar 18
Natural Family Planning (NFP), Session 2
  • Apr 15
Natural Family Planning (NFP), Session 3


Part II (spring only)

Mentor Couple2-4:30pm, St. Martin Center, SU206
  • Jan 22
Marriage Prep, Week 1
  • Jan 28
Marriage Prep, Week 2
  • Feb 4
Marriage Prep, Week 3


Part III
FOCCUS Survey - Schedule personal appointment, St. Martin Center, Chaplain Offices

  • Meet with Benedictine chaplain to take the FOCCUS Survey and Pre-Nuptial Investigation and then review your outcomes, send your certificates to the diocese and plan the liturgy.
  • Schedule your appointment anytime, fall or spring, by contacting a chaplain:


Costs and Resources
Marriage Prep book and stipend are $105.  Please bring your check for the Marriage Prep portion to our first meeting.  Make checks to “BC Ministry.”
The NFP Resource Pack is $150.  Find our course here  You can register and pay online and receive your course materials in the mail.


Inspire men and women to live Christ’s passion for the one-flesh union in a free, total, faithful, fruitful, and joyful marriage.  This seminar explores the good news of Christ’s teaching on marriage to prepare engaged men and women for the Sacrament of Marriage. 


General Description:
This seminar explores the good news of Christ’s teaching on marriage.  Christ taught that marriage is the permanent, faithful union of one man and one woman.  God divinely instituted the very first marriage between our first parents at the dawn of the human race and Christ confirms the Sacrament of Marriage at his first miracle performed at the Wedding Feast of Cana.  Goals are:

  • Prepare man for who he will be for woman and woman for who she will be for man
  • Embrace the good news about sex and marriage
  • Train in moral method for spacing children, Natural Family Planning (NFP)
  • Review compatibility, FOCUS Survey and Pre-Nuptial Investigation with Priest
  • Communication, finance coaching and goal setting with married couple
  • Certificate of Marriage Preparation for you to present to the church where you will marry


The first marriage takes place in Genesis 2:23-24. Adam said of the Woman, whom God had made from his rib and brought to him to be his help meet, "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh."  According to Jesus in Matthew 19:4-5, “a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”  Ephesians 5:25 says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,” The words recorded in Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5 and Ephesians 5:25 are "God's Law of Marriage" and what Pope John Paul II refers to as the one-flesh union in the Theology of the Body.