top of page

Marriage Prep

On behalf of Renew the 'I do’ Foundation, congratulations on your engagement! 
You can count on our prayers and support for a long, happy marriage!
Our marriage preparation program, Rooted In Love, will provide you with the best tools and knowledge to experience a truly thriving marriage!  Based on the teachings of Pope Francis and St. John Paul II, our dynamic speaker team emphasizes the importance of fully understanding the sacrament of marriage and preparing for the many years that follow your wedding day.  Led by our passionate and expert team, you’ll be guided in important conversations and prayer with your fiancé to learn what “I do” truly means.
It brings us great joy to be a part of your marriage journey! Thank You!

Rooted In Love Marriage Preparation

Invaluable marriage preparation for today's couples, grounded in science and based on the teachings of St. John Paul II and Pope Francis.

Marriage Prep

The Following Topics Will Be Covered:

  • Why Get Married in the Catholic Church?

  • A Biblical Look at Love and Commitment

  • The Grace of the Sacrament is Real!

  • What are You Saying "I do" to?

  • Communication and Resolving Conflict

  • Expectations from Your Family of Origin

  • Responsible Parenthood, Sexuality, and Modern Fertility Care

The Weekend Includes:

  • Talks given by professional speakers & couples

  • Mass, meditation & confession opportunity

  • Blessing of engagement rings

  • Men & Women separate breakout sessions

  • Saturday, wine and cheese social

  • Saturday and Sunday coffee, donuts and lunch

  • Follow up Modern Fertility Care class

  • "The 21 Undeniable secrets of Marriage” gift copy

Our lively and engaging program meets the Diocese of Pittsburgh's requirements for Marriage Preparation. It all starts here, sign up today!

2024 Marriage Preparation Weekends 


April 26 - 28th, 2024 - Kick off the weekend with Renew the 'I do' couples for a Friday night Luau!

Field Day Building in Lawrenceville 
3706 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Meet Your Marriage Preparation Weekend Leaders 

Nat and Mich Deem.png

Katerina & Michael Deem

Michael Deem, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Human Genetics
Core Faculty, Center for Bioethics & Health Law
School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Deacon Candidate for Diocese of Pittsburgh

Katerina Deem, MAPS
Owner/Operator of Little Way Design Co.
Former Chemical Engineer, KBC Advanced Technologies

Meet the Marriage Preparation Weekend Speakers 


Very Rev. Thomas W. Kunz,

RTID Board President
Associate General Secretary/Vicar for Canonical Services

Fr Scott Seethaler, OFM Cap. 

RTID Board Member
Priest, Speaker, Author 

Fr James Wehner.jpg

Fr. James Wehner, STD

Pastor, Divine Grace Parish

Fr. Thomas Gramc.jpg

Fr. Thomas Gramc, STL

Administrator of St. Padre Pio Parish

Fr. Peter Gruber.jpeg

Fr. Peter Gruber,
C. O.

Director of Campus Ministry for Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, and Chatham University

Scott Heidi Potter.jpg

Deacon Scott
and Heidi Potter

PhD, Catholic Deacon, Principal Engineer
The Red Door Coordinator, Retreat Facilitator


Anthony Isacco, PhD

Professor, Psychologist, Author


Grant, & Christy Martsolf

PhD, Professor of Nursing
MSN Nurse Practitioner


Natalie &
Jason Gawaldo



Author & Director of Faith Formation


Justin & Ellie Nickelsen,
Business Owner, Lay Catholic Speaker
MA, Psychotherapist

 The Marquette Method Instructor 

Emily L Headshot 2023.jpeg

Emily Lohr, Pharm. D.
Experiential Education Coordinator at the
Duquesne University School of Pharmacy

Meetup Event

"I came into the weekend probably more as a 'cultural Catholic'  but I left wanting to be a 'real' Catholic."

"I fell in love with God more, and my fiancé all over again."

"This weekend surpassed our expectations! The speakers were so well spoken and amazing, you guys should go on a tour, take this on the road!”

"Thank you for your authenticity, not just sharing the positive aspects of marriage but the hard but real aspects of marriage."

“The vows presentation made me tear up and taught me how to better love God and love best as a husband.“

"We were so very moved by practicing our vows together in first session."

What Couples are Saying

“I wholeheartedly endorse this marriage preparation program as the premiere method for preparing Catholic engaged couples for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Many couples from our Diocese and beyond have availed themselves of this tremendous in-person weekend experience. The dedication and kindness shown by the entire “Renew the I do” team is exceptional and the couples that make the presentations are full of real-life knowledge and experience to assist in guiding these engaged couples down the right path.”

                                                              ~Deacon Tom Lopus, Deacon of Marriage Ministry, Diocese of Pittsburgh

henne jewelers logo higher.jpeg

Thank You to Henne Jewelers, official partner of Marriage Preparation programs.  

Because Henne cares about thriving marriage, all couples completing one of our pre-marriage programs may take their completion certificate
to Henne Jewelers Shadyside location for

$100 off wedding bands. 


Photos from Our Marriage Prep Events

bottom of page