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​“The new marriage formation program has made an incredible difference for our couples at the Cathedral. We reach the couple exactly where they are at, as individuals, and catechize not only the engaged but the mentors as well. I have watched, again and again, realization, trust, and conversion. It truly meets the needs of today’s engaged couples!”

—Jodi Todd, Marriage Formation Coordinator, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

“This program has brought us closer to our faith and we have started attending Church every Sunday and praying together.”

—Luke & Katy, Engaged Couple

“Marriage has, in a sense, been something I feared simply because I know how sacred and important it really is. And unfortunately in today’s society there are many temptations; and one can easily get pulled down a negative path. However, because of the Three to Get Married formation program, we have a better idea and understanding of how together, as a couple, and together with Christ, any and all marital obstacles can be overcome.”

—Crystal and Christian, Engaged Couple

“The Three to Get Married retreat has been a transformative moment in the history of our diocese. I have seen couples with a sincere heart and well-formed conscience come to the altar countless times with a deep and profound recognition that they are embarking on the greatest service of their life. I cannot recommend this process highly enough!”

—Fr. Justin Braun, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish (Texarkana)

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Dr. Janet Smith on Humane Vitae 53 Years Later

Dr. Janet Smith, well-known author, speaker, and (newly retired) professor of theology Dr. Janet Smith became an expert on Humanae Vitae, which was issued 53 years ago. We want to share an interview with Dr. Smith conducted by Dr. Christopher Manion, director of the Population Research Institute's Humanae Vitae Campaign. From the interview, on...

Deanna Johnston on EWTN to Discuss our Marriage Convalidation Program

Our own Director of Family Life, Deanna Johnston, joined Mary Rose Verret of Witness to Love and Montse Alvarado on EWTN's In Depth show to discuss the importance of the Sacrament of Matrimony and our diocese's efforts to reach those who are civilly married and invite them to the sacrament of Matrimony. Enjoy her interview and learn more about...

Pints With a Priest

Thursday May 5, 2021 The St. Philip Institute hosted it’s very first Pints with a Priest. Fr. Lowry (Pastor of St. Edwards in Athens) led a discussion on The Four Loves by C.S Lewis.

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“I am thoroughly impressed with the high quality of the content and the materials. For a number of years I worked with an RCIA team at a large parish in Phoenix, and we spent a good deal of time looking for quality resources and making our own materials. I showed the retired, former pastoral administrator the Way of Christ teacher and student books, and she exclaimed about how beautiful and well conceived the program was! She then said, ‘It makes me want to teach RCIA again!’ I have heard again and again from people in a variety of parishes about the struggles with RCIA. I truly believe if you could make this program known to many parishes in this country, it would be in great demand!” —Mary, RCIA Team Instructor

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