Diocese to offer marriage enrichment model
By KATIE LEFEBVRE , Globe staff reporter
October 12, 2006
Couples seeking marriage enrichment look no further. The Diocese of Sioux
City is offering a marriage enrichment model to train couples how to provide
marriage enrichment for couples in parishes and clusters throughout the diocese.
According to Bev Hurni, director of adult and family ministries, focus groups
were held last year on marriage.
"When we asked them about the support they receive from their parishes,
they indicated that they would like to receive more support for their
marriage," said Hurni. "However, when we asked them about various
options of programs, they say because of their busy lives and other
responsibilities with children and jobs they really wanted a program offered in
their own parish or cluster that would be a shorter time frame than a
The Adult and Family Ministries Advisory Board took a look at the feedback
and decided to sponsor a marriage enrichment model at two sites in the diocese.
"Living a faithful, life-long marriage is almost counter cultural today,
when 50 percent of marriages end in divorce," said Hurni. "Marriage
enrichment is important to sustain marriages. It is important for our society
and our church because we need stable and secure families to give a good solid
foundation to our church and society."
Parishes are invited to send two to three couples to experience the
enrichment model. The program can be replicated at the couples' home
"One of our members has been using the Love Never Ends program as
marriage enrichment tool because they are involved in marriage encounter,"
said Hurni. "There are dialogue sheets - his copy, her copy." Love
Never Ends appeared to be a good program so the diocese opted to use it.
The two dates for the model are Nov. 5 in St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall
in Rockwell City and Jan. 14 in St. Mary School Cafeteria in Remsen.
"On both days, what we are asking is parishes who would like to offer a
marriage enrichment program in their own parish and cluster to send two or three
married couples to our event, so that they can first experience the program
themselves," said Hurni. "Then we will give them some advice and tips
aobut how to go back to their own parish and cluster and replicate the
On both days, the couples participating will experience the Love Never Ends
program from 2 to 4 p.m. Then they will learn how to implement the program at
the parish from 4 to 4:30 p.m. A dinner for the couples will be served at 4:30
"There will be two witness talks by two married couples who are involved
with the advisory board," said Hurni. "The participating couples will
have time to answer some questions privately and then dialogue just with their
spouse about those things."
Hurni explained that she hopes the couples attending gain confidence to be
able to share this experience with other couples in their parish or cluster.
The registration fee for each couple is $15 which includes the Love Never
Ends dialogue package; an experience to enhance their own marriage relationship;
guidance for facilitating the program in their own parish/cluster; and dinner
There will be Love Never Ends books available to parishes once the program
starts at the parish level, added Hurni.
The registration deadline is one week prior to the chosen date. For questions
please call (712) 233-7530 or e-mail email@example.com.