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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 priests will give you a full understanding of the sacrament of marriage while our passionate speaker team will help prepare you for the many years that follow your wedding day. You’ll also be guided through important conversations with your fiancé as well as meet other wonderful engaged couples.
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, Expectations & Resolving Conflict

  • Adjustment to Married Life & Finances        

  • Responsible Parenthood, Sexuality, and Modern Fertility Care

The Weekend Includes:

  • Talks given by priests & seasoned couples

  • Mass, meditation & confession opportunity

  • Blessing of engagement rings

  • Men & Women separate breakout sessions

  • Saturday social hour

  • Saturday and Sunday coffee, donuts and lunch

  • "The 21 Undeniable secrets of Marriage” gift copy

  • Follow up Modern Fertility Care class with Emily Lohr

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

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

2025 Marriage Preparation Weekends 

  • Rooted In Love Marriage Preparation
    Rooted In Love Marriage Preparation
    Sat, Feb 01
    Hyacinth Epp Hall in Lawrenceville
    Feb 01, 2025, 8:30 AM – Feb 02, 2025, 5:00 PM
    This lively and engaging program meets the Diocese of Pittsburgh's requirements for Marriage Preparation.

Meet the priests guiding you through marriage preparation 

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Fr. Thomas Gramc, STL

Pastor, St. Padre Pio Parish

Fr Scott Seethaler, OFM Cap. 

Renew the 'I do' Board Vice President
Priest, Speaker, Author 


Very Rev. Thomas W. Kunz,

Renew the 'I do' Board President
Associate General Secretary/Vicar for Canonical Services,

Diocese of Pittsburgh


“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

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"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

Photos from Our Marriage Prep Events

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