I Want to Get Married

Congrats on the big news! Life is about to get even better.


Couples planning to marry should check first with the diocese where they plan to celebrate their wedding to familiarize themselves with the guidelines specific to that diocese. Generally you should allow 8-12 months planning time.

Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation is offered to engaged couples desiring to base their relationship on Christ and His Church. Couples study and discuss the dynamics of Christian Marriage, Theology of the Body, relationships, finances, communication, and Natural Family Planning (NFP).

Couples wishing to enter into marriage preparation must email Father Michael Schmitz or call him at (218) 728-3757.

2015 Dates: Weekends for the Engaged

  • Duluth – February 24-25, 2017 – Register by February 7
  • Brainerd – March 5-6, 2017 – Register by February 17
  • Hibbing – April 1-2, 2017 – Register by March 27
  • Duluth – Six-week Series – Registration Deadline TBA
  • Duluth – June 2017 – Registration Deadline TBA
  • Brainerd – October 22-23, 2015 – Register by September 30
  • Hibbing – October 28-29, 2015 – Register by October 13
Marriage Prep Checklist

Meet Sarah and Jon Harvey, Married June 30, 2012

Sarah – “We went to mass at UMD and Jon did RCIA through Newman with Father Mike. He was confirmed at the Cathedral in Duluth. We also did our marriage preparation with Father Mike and he performed our ceremony.”

Jon – UMD / UM Class of 2014, Med School

Sarah – UMD / UM Class of 2013, Med School

Both of us got our Medical degrees from the University of Minnesota with our first two years spent at the Duluth campus. Jon’s undergraduate in 2008, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Chemistry, and a minor in Psychology.

Currently Live:  Daytona Beach, FL for residency training and military commitment. We look forward to returning to Minnesota in a few years!

Meet Rachel and Anthony Greseth, Married June 16, 2012

Rachel – “The Newman center has played a HUGE role in our lives. We both attended RCIA at Newman which guided us into joining the Church! In addition, we had involvements with household, bible studies, and speedball among other things. We are forever grateful to Father Mike, Heather, and all who played a role in supporting us through our journey in so many ways.”

Rachel: UMD, Class of 2011, BAS Psychology

Tony: UMD, Class of 2012, BS Computer Science

Currently Live: Duluth, MN

Meet Nicole and Jonathan Brinkman, Married August 12, 2012

Nicole – “Involved since sophomore year.  Joined a bible study and led one.  Attended mass and conferences.   Jonathon got involved Junior year.  I introduced to Newman along with other mutual friends.”

Jonathan – “Yes, then got involved in a Bible study and also led a Bible study. I went through RCIA and confirmation through UMD Newman.”

Graduated:  Nicole May 2012- Jonathon December 2012

Degrees: Exercise Science (Both)

Currently Live: Fargo, ND