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 Heather Serena.

2019-2020 Marriage Prep Checklist (PDF)

Meet Donny and Katlyn Wurdock, Married December 29th, 2018

Our Story: “We met at the Newman Appreciation banquet in May of 2015. This was an event held at Greysolon Ballroom to celebrate all of the people who served the Newman community.

Newman helped both of us develop a faith life that was grounded in a relationship with God above all else. We were both student missionaries and prayer team members, and these smaller communities within Newman helped us to grow in prayer. The Newman community creates an environment that supports authentic friendship, and the authentic friendship we have been supported in lead us to become husband and wife. We also had FOCUS missionaries that challenged us to will the good of the other in ways we would not have without Newman.”

Graduation: They both graduated from UMD in May 2018. Katlyn with her BAS in Teaching Mathematics. Donny with his BS in Statistics and BA in Computer Science.

Now: “We recently bought a house in the West Duluth neighborhood. I (Katlyn) am working as a PreK Assistant Teacher and Academic Support Specialist at the St. James campus of Stella Maris Academy. Donny is working as a database manager for HealthPartners insurance company in downtown Duluth. We participate in a couples Bible study weekly and enjoy ballroom dancing in our free time.”

Meet Bailey and Ben Berning,
Married October 1, 2016

Our Story: “We met when we were both serving at UMD as FOCUS missionaries for the Bulldog Catholic college community. I (Bailey) was a Campus Missionary and Ben, my husband, was a Team Director with FOCUS.”

“Our days at Newman shaped us into marry-able versions of ourselves. Each day didn’t always feel transformative, but it added up to be the difference between being able to love Jesus and each other forever or not. And knowing how to do that in the ordinary daily life. Our happily ever after would have already crumbled if we wouldn’t have learned how to pray and live out authentically Catholic and faithful daily life during our single years at Newman. Every day spent well there has paid dividends in marriage and beyond college in “normal” jobs.”

Graduation: Bailey graduated from NDSU in 2013 with her degree in English. Ben graduated from Loras in 2014 with a degree in Philosophy and Finance.

Currently Live: Greenbush, MN

Meet Sarah and Jon Harvey,
Married June 30, 2012

Our Story: “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.”

Graduation: Both of us got our Medical degrees from the University of Minnesota with our first two years spent at the Duluth campus.

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

Meet Nicole and Jonathon Spaid,
Married August 12, 2012

Our Story: “I [Nicole] was involved with Newman since my sophomore year. I joined a Bible study and led one, as well as attended Mass and conferences. Jonathon got involved his Junior year, when I introduced him to Newman along with other mutual friends.”

“Yes, then I [John] got involved in a Bible study and also led a Bible study. I went through RCIA and Confirmation through Newman as well.”

Graduation: Nicole graduated from UMD in May 2012 and Jonathon from UMD in December of 2012, both with degrees in Exercise Science.

Currently Live: Fargo, ND

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