In-Person or Home-Study Seminar

What is the One in Christ Marriage Seminar?

The two-part seminar is designed as a highly interactive and comprehensive marriage preparation program, so that couples will grow in their love for each other and in their knowledge of the Sacrament of Matrimony through catechesis, discussion and prayer. The in-person seminar includes numerous small and large group discussions, faith-filled presenters who teach and offer their testimonials, as well as time for private reflection and prayer. Likewise, the home-study program has incorporated this highly engaging pedagogical approach and is proving to be a great success.
An overwhelmingly positive response has come from all the couples, 25,000 couples nationwide to date, who have participated in the One in Christ Marriage Seminar. They can’t believe how much they have learned together. Many of them have said that their communication has improved greatly, especially relative to many topics they would not have discussed were it not for the seminar.

How does the marriage seminar work?

The Home-Study Seminar

Couples are asked to read from the One in Christ manual, which is deeply theological, spiritual, and historical, and then view several videos from the Dynamic Catholic video series, Better Together. This series contains a lot of practical advice and spiritual support from several couples on a variety of topics; both the manual and videos complement each other quite well. The online home-study seminar allows couples to work at their own pace with the readings and videos. Once the couple completes and submits their personal reflections, Fr. Thomas, author of One in Christ, works with each couple individually via email to guide, support and encourage them with personal feedback and advice.

The In-Person Seminar

The in-person seminar requires couples to attend the two-day seminar.  Couples are also asked to read from the One in Christ manual and prepare short reflections to be shared voluntarily in the small and large discussions.  The presenting couples, along with the couples in the Dynamic Catholic video series, Better Together, will expound upon the presentations and offer practical advice, support, and resources.  In addition to the presentations and the small and large group discussions, couples will have quality time alone to spend in conversation and prayer.

What is included in the fee?

As part of the well-spent fee, each couple will receive the following:

Two One in Christ manuals
The Preparing for the Rite of Marriage book
Two Handbook of Prayers
Sacramental gift for the home
Fertility Awareness/Natural Family Planning materials and classes. Lisa Jurski, our licensed Fertility Awareness-Creighton Practitioner, oversees the fertility/natural family planning classes. For more information, check out her website: fertilitycarecenterofchicago.com
The presenting couples receive stipends and Fr. Thomas provides several opportunities for couples to win a “date night” out.
With that said, I hope and pray that the in-person or online home-study seminar will be an enriching experience for you and that you will come to a greater understanding and knowledge of the Sacrament of Matrimony in the Catholic Church.