On the feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, May 31st, 2012,
Agapè Catholic Marriage Preparation received
the Imprimatur
from Bishop Michael J. Sheridan, Bishop of Colorado Springs.

Archbishop Chaput - Bishop Sheridan - Bishop Ramirez - Archdiocese of San Francisco - Diocese of Allentown - Diocese of Pittsburgh - Diocese of Knoxville - Diocese of Duluth - Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange - Diocese of Madison - Catholic Diocese of Memphis - Chris West - Archdiocese of Atlanta - Archdiocese of Westminster, UK - Diocese of CrookstonDiocese of Sacramento -

Bishop Michael J. Sheridan, Diocese of Colorado Springs
" and the importance of welcoming the engaged and newly married couples in parishes."

SUPPORT FROM Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

< Back to top

SUPPORT FROM Bishop Michael J. Sheridan, Bishop of Colorado Springs

< Back to top

SUPPORT FROM Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B. Former Bishop of Las Cruces

< Back to top

Mosaic TV, Archdiocese of San Francisco, June 2019:
Interview: Ed Hopfner, Director Office of Marriage and Family Life, Archdiocese of San Francisco

2 minutes

< Back to top

SUPPORT FROM Alexa Smith, Director, Diocese of Allentown

Diocese of Allentown is an excellent resource for couples preparing to receive the Sacrament of Marriage. When our office refers engaged couples to the program at, we are confident that they will receive authentic Catholic content which corresponds to Church teaching. The instructors who assist engaged couples are a wonderful benefit to the program, and provide a 1-on-1 formation experience that invites engaged couples toward deeper relationship with Christ. We are very pleased with the formation and catechesis offered through the pre-cana course at

-Alexa Smith
​ Director ​
Diocese of Allentown

< Back to top

SUPPORT FROM Deacon Tom Lopus, Deacon Assigned to Marriage Ministry, Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

Diocese of Pittsburgh

I wholeheartedly endorse CatholicMarriagePrep.Com as a tremendous method for preparing engaged couples for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

Many couples from our Diocese have availed themselves to this wonderful option, especially during the Covid pandemic.

This ministry has been vital to allow couples that could not attend other in-person offerings due to local restrictions.

The kindness, help and support that is shown by all the mentor couples, as well as the support personnel, is a clear sign of the importance that they place on this critical ministry.​

-Deacon Tom Lopus​
Deacon Assigned to Marriage Ministry​
Diocese of Pittsburgh

< Back to top 

SUPPORT FROM Deacon Al Forsythe, Diocese of Knoxville

Diocese of Knoxville

I wish to take this opportunity to bring your attention to an online program that engages couples preparing for marriage in a preparation program based on St. Pope John Paul II Theology of the Body. During this time of the pandemic when it is difficult to gather couples in person or for couples who need to prepare for marriage in the Catholic Church who may be separated by distance or through busy schedules this program is ideal. The Agape Ministries program offers an on demand online program that each individual can access at their own pace and then connect to a mentor.

My role as the Director of Marriage Preparation for the Diocese of Knoxville has seen couples who have gone through this program and have grown closer to each other and to the church and their relationship with Jesus Christ. If you are preparing couples and are looking for a program that does this then I highly recommend you consider looking into this program. I am confident you will be satisfied with the results.

God Bless,
Deacon Al Forsythe
Diocese of Knoxville

< Back to top 

SUPPORT FROM Betsy Kneepkens, Director of marriage and family life, Diocese of Duluth

Diocese of Duluth

When COVID shut the world down we were left wondering how we were going to serve our engage couples and their preparations. We knew in person was the best option but that was not available to us when COVID struck. We looked at many online platforms and found a program we trusted with the important message of what the Church wants couples to know. COVID brought us to but in the process we learned that we now can serve all couples needs, those that have a partner in the military or those that work shift or weekend hours or those that have children and can’t take retreat time away. We can serve more faithful going forward because allows us to be more flexible. We are thankful for

-Betsy Kneepkens
Director of marriage and family life
Diocese of Duluth

< Back to top 

SUPPORT FROM Linda Ji, Director, Office for Family Life

Diocese of Orange has helped many couples in our diocese prepare well for the sacrament of marriage. As a diocesan family life director, I appreciate that this ministry is definitively Catholic and focuses mainly on helping engaged couples build a Christ-centered relationship and understand what that means and entails in their marriage. The instructors do this in a friendly and approachable manner that welcomes couples at any point in their faith journey.

Linda Ji
Director, Office for Family Life

< Back to top 

SUPPORT FROM Dr. John P. Joy, Diocese of Madison, Senior Theologian to the Bishop, Coordinator of Marriage and Family Ministries

Diocese of Madison
Diocese of Madison

The Online Theology of the Body Pre-Cana from has been an invaluable aid in preparing our couples for marriage. We used to direct couples to online marriage prep options only in exceptional circumstances. But we’ve been so impressed by that we’re going to continue to make it available for all couples in the diocese even after the pandemic.

-Dr. John P. Joy
Diocese of Madison
Senior Theologian to the Bishop
Coordinator of Marriage and Family Ministries

< Back to top 

SUPPORT FROM Sharon Kowalke, Pastoral Life Administration, Catholic Diocese of Memphis

Catholic Diocese of Memphis

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis encourages couples preparing to marry to complete the Online Pre-Cana class. Consistently, the feedback we have received is positive, with such remarks as “very informational” and “enlightening” and “thought provoking.” The majority of couples stated that the course met their expectations, especially the time sharing with instructor couples. This program has been a life-saver during the pandemic and we believe it will still be of great value as we hopefully (soon) are living in a post-pandemic world.

-Sharon Kowalke
Pastoral Life Administration
Catholic Diocese of Memphis

< Back to top 

Support from Christopher West,
Best Selling Author, Speaker, Teacher and World-Renowned Expert in Saint John Paul II's Theology of the Body.

March 2nd, 2015
"Here’s a reputable online Marriage Prep program that integrates Theology of the Body and that’s especially helpful for couples who find it difficult to attend the typical marriage prep weekend format. I met the couple behind it years ago. This is worth knowing about."

< Back to top

Daniel West, Associate Co-Director of Marriage, Family, and Pastoral Care of the Archdiocese of Atlanta

" (CMP), a division of Agape Catholic Ministries, is undoubtedly the best online marriage prep program. 

Having referred many couples to CMP for several years and having read countless of their evaluations, I can attest to the fact that real conversions happen through the program.  CMP instructors understand that because marriage preparation is an occasion in which a couple is open to learning more about Love, they are consequently more open to having an encounter with Christ.  They take full advantage of this opportunity.  Witnessing to the fullness of truth, beauty, and goodness of our Catholic Faith by instruction and by personal example, the engaged couples under their care always receive a high quality sacramental preparation.

I have also found the clergy to be well pleased with CMP.  I have yet to hear from a priest or a deacon who is disappointed with the program.  Priests from various kinds of parishes and backgrounds in the Archdiocese of Atlanta view CMP as a valuable resource in marriage preparation."

< Back to top

SUPPORT FROM The Archdiocese of Westminster, London, United Kingdom.

Thankful for Catholic Marriage Prep

I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude to you and your paper for the exposure and profile your publication has given to the work and apostolate of Christine and Christian Meert  (March 15 Herald) — especially in relation to the effect of their outstanding online marriage preparation program, rooted in Catholic teaching and the liberating vision of authentic sexuality based on man and woman cherishing faithfully and fruitfully the gift of fertility.    

Here in the Archdiocese of Westminster (U.K.). we have officially promoted and encouraged this program as part of the diverse array of marriage prep resources we identify. We have had a very fruitful collaborative and professional working relationship with the Meerts for several years, and Christian was one of our guest speakers for our 40th anniversary celebrations in 2008 of the great encyclical Humanae Vitae.

Given that the current Year of Faith will see the 45th anniversary of the encyclical in July against the backdrop of a new papacy, such articles as yours become absolutely invaluable to the new evangelization and building the culture of life, especially between spouses and future marriages.

May I wish you a blessed Passiontide and joyful Easter.

Edmund P Adamus
Director for Marriage and Family Life
Archdiocese of Westminster
London, U.K.

< Back to top

Support from the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota

< Back to top

Support from the Diocese of Sacramento, California

Several parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento use the live, four-evening version of the Agape Catholic Marriage Prep program.
Our Diocese also allows engaged couples the option of taking the online version of this same program, and about 10 - 15% of them choose it.
While there are other online marriage prep programs out there, Agape is the only one formally approved by our Diocese because it is not only fully faithful to Catholic teaching on marriage but it also offers each engaged couple a personalized, one-on-one, mentor couple-led learning experience.
Agape CMP sends me a copy of every engaged couple’s evaluation after they complete the program.
Not only are these evaluations uniformly positive but they almost all glow about how excellent the program was and how it exceeded their expectations.
Whether experienced live or online, the Agape CMP program is a gift to our engaged couples and to the Church.

Steve Patton, MA, JD
Family Life Director
Diocese of Sacramento

< Back to top



Connect with Us



Copyright and Credits

Articles and content Copyright © 2012-2020
Agapè Catholic Ministries.
All rights reserved.

Privacy Policy

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Graphics design by Olivier Heitz.

Site design by CatchLight Professional.

You are here: Home Dioceses & Parishes Endorsements