October 29th Kene and Esther – Atlanta, GA
“I enjoyed the fact that we could ask further questions if anything in the answer keys were not understood.”

Him: I appreciated the fact that there was no right or wrong answer. You were just encouraged to explore your thoughts, discuss them and put them down.

HerThe course forced us to be reflective and really think about why we are doing this.

BothWe also really appreciated our instructor’s dedication to helping us complete this.

October 1st Logan and Natalie – Baton Rouge, LA
"It could not have been a more thought out, involving course.”

Him: Very joyful course to complete with my future spouse. It was an all around great learning experience.

Her: I appreciated the quotes and verses from the Bible and Catechism that were provided with the lessons and answers given. It allowed for deeper reasoning and examination.

Both: (The course) gave us the opportunity for weeks of one-on-one lessons. Lessons that were not simply preached but had background, like the "why's" and the "how's".

September 24th Michael and Alejendra – Sacramento, CA
“(The course) brought us more together and gave us marriage goals to achieve.”

Him:I appreciated how the course talked about problems that can occur during marriage and gave ideas and lessons on how to avoid and resolve them.
Her:  Very informative and prepped us for what is to come in marriage.
Both:The course improved our communication and is continuing to do so.

September 25th Jacob and Lourdes – Las Cruces, NM
“I think it allowed us to think outside the box”

Him:It opened my eyes and ears to things I hadn’t thought about.
Her:I appreciated reading through the questions and having some else’s feedback besides ours. 
Both:I appreciate (Our instructors) honesty and appreciate them helping us through this course.

September 10th Michael and Luisa – Roswell, GA

“I liked all the different ways that (our instructors) taught us more about love, religion, and concepts of married life.”

Him:The prep was great! I learned a lot of things that I will implement in the marriage.
Her: I appreciated the sessions that made us reflect about our relationship, and how we are looking to grow as a couple.
Both:It improved our communication with each other; we had deep conversations and learned a lot about each other.


September 11th Joe and Allison – Kansas City, KS

“ I appreciated the Love Letters”

Him:I think one of the more beneficial courses was the one that emphasized finances.
Her:I think this was structured in a great way to facilitate conversation around the topics we needed to speak more on.
Both:This definitely strengthened our relationship and helped us go into marriage on the same page!

September 3rd Eric and Krista – Phoenix, AZ “I appreciated being able to complete {the} assignments when we had time and as being able to delve deeper into many issues through the  additional links and passages.”

Him:This course was great. {…} it really allowed Krista and I to have great conversations as we completed it.
Her: I would say it exceeded my expectations because of the way it brought us together through these very personal discussions
Both:Knowing the significance of our union and the totality by which we will share ourselves reminds me of my strong, everlasting relationship with Christ.


September 4th Drew and Grace – Military Services “It allowed me to have a better understanding of what the catechism says about marriage, family, and prayer

Him:I thought it brought up some good conversations between Grace and I.
Her:I really enjoyed how the course was laid out.
Both:I appreciated the honest answers from {our instructors}.

 

August 20th Andrew and Fiorella – Arlington, VA“[I appreciated] The love letters because I was able to tell him how I feel when sometimes I cannot do that through words!”

Him:This prep was exactly what we needed. There are so many different pieces to a marriage and often times we overlook the smallest ones that can have the biggest impact. So we were grateful to have gone through this task together.
Her: I was able to connect back to when I was younger and went through Baptism and Confession and attending mass every Sunday. Now I can see how important that was to this day!
Both:Our communication has improved but was already good. The active listening portion was a good example of helping us to learn something new.


August 21st Trent and Ally – Denver, CO “I appreciate the time we got to spend together talking about our faith.”

Him:My impression was skeptical going into the prep but after doing all the prep work it really opened my eyes to a lot of things. Some things I haven't thought about or given enough thought to. I enjoyed the training and it has benefited our preparation for marriage and will make us a better couple. I have always felt I had a strong relationship with God, but as I went through the course and talked with close friends, I have realized I have a long way to go and I need to continue to develop my relationship with God. It has ignited a fire in me to keep God always at the front of my head and heart and to be a stronger godly man to lead my household faithfully.
Her:It exceeded my expectations. A lot of very informative and helpful knowledge – [our instructors] really put a lot of effort into their answers and the work that went into preparing this course was done a lot of thought and care. I have always had a deeper knowledge of my faith than my peers, but I think this revived it and brought it back to the surface. It went deeper into areas that I wasn't as strong in, as well.
Both:We were able to freely express ourselves and feelings about a subject, and communicate through this by asking each other questions to fully understand each other’s thought process.

July 2nd Sean and Cindy – Stockton, CA“It reminds me of what it felt like to have that faith and be closer to God again.”

Him:I thought this course was very informative and did a good job of bringing my wife and I closer by opening lines of communication that we didn’t have before.The information about NFP I had never even heard of it before this course and I find it very informative and plan on looking more into this.
Her: It helps us get to know more about each other by talking about our point of views of the topics that was brought up. We got to start planning on a lot of things like goals and how-to's that we never thought of before. We got to think of things we didn’t get to focus prior this class.
Both:[It helped us] By giving us some tough situations to think about and talk about it has opened a new line of dialog and increased our communication skills.


July 3rd Michael and Monica – Denver, CO “I realized some areas that I can do better and work on my relationship with God.”

Him:The class was rewarding in ways I didn’t expect.   I think Monica and I had a lot of good conversations from the course content and we learned a bit more about ourselves and each other in the process. I wasn’t sure what to expect starting out, but I felt it was overall a good experience.
Her:Surprisingly, I enjoyed the course.  It did a lot of time and work but I think the questions and assignments made a lot of sense.  It was nice how everything tied together. I guess I wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the conversations that it sparked and how we were able to share and grow together.
Both:[Did the course improve your communication?] Yes.  as we have included in our answers above we do believe our communication has improved from this course.  We have some great conversations, learned some new tools and grew closer through this. I believe the course forced us to take inventory of our current practice and relationship with God.  Although there is a lot more we can do to be involved in our church community, I felt that our beliefs are pretty aligned with the Church which was refreshing.

June 25th Matthew and Emma – Halifax-Yarmouth, Nova Scotia  “I appreciated the responses, they were helpful to us.”

Him:It was interesting for us. we are in the process of growing in/out faith together so some of the biblical questions we found challenging. but we spent that time doing research and calling the in-laws for discussions as well.
Her: We enjoyed it and found it helpful in general. Some of the questions we found very philosophical which weren’t always applicable we found to marriage prep but many of the questions did spark discussions which was helpful.
Both:We've always been very open with each other but this course has sparked some conversations we have never had before and without the course might have never had. It will definitely help our marriage process and we are so so thankful and grateful for this opportunity.

June 26th John and Bridget – Colorado Springs, CO “I loved writing the love letters!”

Him:It was so great to do this at our own convenience and also really made us talk and reflect together which was so great!
Her:It was so fun and meaningful. We talked about tons of important things. It was so great that we could do it on our own schedule.
Both:We had to talk about everything! And it opened the door to talk about more!

June 18th Brandon and Laura – Lafayette, LA“It made me realize that I still have growing to do in my faith and it gave me new insight on how to  continue to grow.”

Him:I thoroughly enjoyed being able to directly correspond with the same two individuals regarding our progress. Being able to look at their feedback on our work allowed us to build a comfort level with them and really express our thoughts and get into getting in touch with God during this preparation. I am so happy that our paths crossed and I can't wait to share with them in the future our progress in our faithful marriage.
Her: Considering our hectic work schedules, using this method was our best option to prepare for our marriage; but, honestly, I am so thankful that we were able to work with [our instructors]! They broke down into so much detail the ups and downs, the difficulties and triumphs, the hardships and the accomplishments that our marriage could bring. They were so patient with us and really allowed us to absorb every part of this preparation; and, I know, that had we not worked with them, we would not have gained as much from this experience as we did. I am so grateful that we were able to work with them and have now developed a forever bond with them.
Both:We had to really sit down and work through these worksheets and focus on the questions we were being asked. It wasn't a right or wrong response, but it was finding the right answers for our relationship. There were some thought provoking topics that were brushed on and it gave each of us an opportunity to take the lead. Laura knows quite a bit more about the historical side of the Catholic faith and where I lacked in that area, I was able to give my insights and point of view when talking about some of the real-life situations. This process showed each of us our strengths and areas of weakness, which can often be difficult to reveal to others; but, it made sharing those shortcomings so much easier because we were on the same page the whole time and had guidance from some pretty professional teachers if we weren't sure how to get on the same page.

June 19th Jim and Nicole – Kalamazoo, MI “Everything that was laid out in the modules and being able to have this quality time with my future husband helped revive me.”

Him:I loved it. Not only did I learn a lot, but it gave me a lot to think about. I think we will both be revisiting some of these pages in the future. I really appreciate your detailed feedback. It's hard to say what I appreciated most.  I really liked the part about discussing religion with people that may not be religious, or may have a different religion.  I really liked that this got me and Nicole to talk about some things that we may not have every really discussed had we not taken the course.  We both agree that this course was fantastic for us and we really appreciate that you guys took the time to provide such detailed feedback.
Her:I really loved this course. I learned so much and looked forward to the modules as they came along. I really appreciated the feedback we received with each assignment and having [our instructors] share their personal experiences. I'm so glad we took this course!I appreciated the education about the church and the importance of everything as a Catholic/Christian, especially in marriage and relationships. I appreciate that "touchy" subjects such as abortion, birth control, etc were discussed and that there were videos supporting everyone’s right to an opinion, but not necessarily making something right.
Both:It brought up a ton of subjects that we discussed in depth. We were able to discuss each other's short-comings, as well as our own, and how to improve.

June 4th John and Erin – Toledo, OH“This experience made me more interested in the catholic beliefs and made me draw closer to God throughout this journey.”

Him:This class allowed Erin and I to connect to each other on a differently level and begin to talk about our incorporation of God into our daily routines. As well as, draw closer together by drawing closer to God.We appreciated that we could do this course at our own pace and was not rushed to answer the questions which allowed us to discuss in more detail everything.
Her: This class allowed me to learn more about the catholic faith and better understand the commitment that marriage is. I think this experience not only brought us closer together as a couple, but closer to God.I appreciated the course because our instructors were gracious enough to allow us two extensions due to our busy schedules. This allowed us to focus more on the questions and really dive deep into the material and God's word; rather than merely scraping the top of the information. It allowed us to really connect to each other and to God.
Both:It allowed us to be more open with one another and really discuss the matters that in a marriage can lead to divorce.

June 5th Peter and Julie – Anchorage, AK “It opened  a lot of discussions in the comforts of our home without others around.”

Him:This course may have been the beginning of many discussions of faith within our house. By being allowed to take this course in our home it instigated many discussions of faith and religion on our home turf. I enjoyed being able to share my faith with Julie on a daily level. Showing her how much it means to me everyday, not just Sunday.
Her:Love the flexibility of an online course, especially with a very young daughter that would not allow for a weekend retreat. An online version allowed for a lot of great conversations within our home. I enjoyed to insight and meaning behind why things are done in the Catholic faith. It seems too often things are done just "because". Now I have gained history and meaning behind the traditions.
Both: I enjoyed learning about the catholic faith in a way that allowed us to learn from each other. This enable us to dig deeper into the readings (because we had to read them together a few times to get the full meaning and understand them.)

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