I was born and raised in Burgundy, France. Good wine and good food reign, but the the region is also deeply rooted in Christianity. The number of beautiful roman churches and chapels is amazing. I am number four of five kids: three girls and two boys. I was raised in a practicing Catholic family. I married Christian in 1977 in Burgundy in an 11th century church. We have five beautiful daughters. Two of them still live in France and three are in the US with us. Our two eldest daughters are married, one in Denver, one in France, and each have five children so far. Our third daughter is currently expecting her first baby. After fifteen years in the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes, we dedicated ourselves to the ministry towards the engaged. We have been the Directors of the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Colorado Springs since 2005. We became American citizens in 2010 and now have dual citizenship: French and American. I love to take pictures and to scrapbook, I love drawing and crafts (salt-dough is my best!), hiking and gardening. I am the computer geek for our organization.

Friday Feedback 9

Friday Feedback 9

John and Melanie
What is your overall impression of this prep ?
John: I found this preparation extremely educational, first because I am not Catholic, but also because I never thought about marriage in the ways it prompted me to think about it. I think I have benefitted a lot from what I have learned about marriage being a sacrament and a covenant, it has lent a completely new lens to the way I view the bond we are pledging to each other.

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Friday Feedback 8

Friday Feedback 8

By John and Lori

We appreciated your genuine caring and desire for us to be a holy couple!

John: I appreciated the fact that the material was grounded in Scripture, and the Magisterium of the Church. I have a Master's in Theology, so I have studied 'about' marriage and the Sacraments before, but I never prepared to receive the Sacrament myself. By covering a range of material, from creation to in vitro fertilization, in a holistic organic way, you helped me to better understand and appreciate the Church's unbroken Tradition in a new way.

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Friday Feedback 7

Friday Feedback 7

By Mark and Samantha

It opened up a whole new world for us.
We've gone to church together but never

gone this in depth with each other about what we thought.

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Friday Feedback 6

By Bob and Barbara

While this is both Bob's and my first marriage and we are "senior citizens," I appreciate that the Church asks us to give thought to the Sacrament of marriage.

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Friday Feedback 5

Friday Feedback 5

From D. and J.

It is really awesome that you guys take the time to help couples like us! You are truly a blessing!

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Friday Feedback 4

Friday Feedback 4

From I. and K.

The class was fantastic and actually surprised me how fun many of the exercises were. I thought that maybe the class would be a review of what I learned throughout Catholic school growing up, but I learned a lot of information concerning marriage and also learned different techniques on how to
maintain a healthy and strong marriage.

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An Unexpected Guest

At the end of four long days as exhibitors at the NACFLM conferences in St. Louis, MO, Blessed John Paul II paid us a surprise visit at our booth! Here is the story...

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Friday Feedback 3

What is your overall impression of this prep?
I feel more prepared to enter into our marriage be cause we have had meaningful conversations.

Did it meet your expectations?
This absolutely, went above and beyond my expectations! I loved how flexible it was being online, considering we had to juggle different countries and time zones. Our instructors gave us insight on aspects of our marriage I never realized.

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Friday Feedback 2

1)   What is your overall impression of this prep (his answer)? it was very helpful and eye opening

2) Did it meet your expectations?  Yes and beyond for both of us

3) What did you appreciate most and why?:

Him: the discussions we had during the course.

Her: I liked that everything was in such detail and didn't skimp (in order not to offend; it wasn't always what you wanted to hear, it was the truth)

How did the course revive - or not - your faith?:

Him: Gave you a taste of what the churches teachings are.

Her: I loved how in depth everything was. It was refreshing to hear real teaching with no sugar coating. And to hear topics I have never once heard a priest even address even when asked such as the contraception talk. There are a lot of church teachings that I have never heard discussed in all the retreats I have been to and other church functions. I’ve heard from a lot of people that many priests are just intimidated by many subjects therefore don't ever discuss them with their church goers. Another couple I know that got married this summer was very disappointed with the alternative marriage retreat (engaged encounter). It missed many of the topics covered here and they were pretty disappointed. They completely skipped over what the church really teaches about contraception and a few other topics so they will be listening to the talk that was given here.

Comments on communication through the course: We were forced and able to talk about a few subjects we haven't spent a ton of time discussing previously.

9) Comments:Thought it was very long but well worth it. I know we would have been a lot more relaxed about it if we would have started at least 6months before the wedding. I'm glad it was something we had to do and spend time on. I know a lot of the churches here don't even require the engaged encounter or offer this as an alternative. I think they should even though it is so much work; but people these days need to wake up and discover what marriage really is and if your not willing to make an effort to get married you're probably going to be lazy in your marriage also. Thanks for everything it was wonderful
 

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BOYCOT TV!

This is my challenge to all of you today! Will you follow me? Will you be strong and smart enough to turn it off?
Why this challenge? Here is the story!
This morning, my daughters sent me this shocking picture:

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