The of Accompanying Couples for Marriage


This course equips individuals with essential knowledge and skills crucial for guiding engaged couples embarking on their journey towards a Christian marriage. Designed for those new to this ministry, the program introduces participants to the art of fostering essential group dynamics, supporting individual couples, and staying abreast of the latest information and methodologies in this field. By the end of this course the students will be able to facilitate a group of young couples preparing for Christian marriage and provide them with basic emotional and spiritual support.

Parish/es or church entities who wish to offer this course in their premises kindly contact [email protected]. This arrangement can take place if a minimum of 5 couples from said parish/es or church entities apply for this course.

  • couples who are being introduced to the ministry of accompanying couples towards the sacrament of marriage; 
  • couples who are already accompanying other couples towards marriage and want to continue forming themselves in this aspect

Target Audience Age: 19-65+

This course consists of two components: the theoretical and practical aspects of accompanying couples for marriage.

Theoretical Component

In this component, participants will delve the the following topics:

DateDay of WeekTimeSession
10th January 2024Wednesday6:00pm – 9:00pmSession 1: Group Dynamics 
17th January 2024Wednesday6:00pm – 9:00pmSession 2: Skills for Accompanying Individuals 
24th January 2024Wednesday6:00pm – 9:00pmSession 3: Growing Deeper in the Spiritual Dimension 
31st January 2024Wednesday6:00pm – 9:00pmSession 4: Exploring Available Resources Part 1: Family Planning and Sexuality  
7th February 2024Wednesday6:00pm – 9:00pmSession 5: Exploring Available Resources Part 2: Issues with moral theology related to the family 
17th February 2024Saturday9:30am – 12:30pmSession 6: Assessment Presentation by the Participating Couples 

Practical Component

In this component, participants will shadow an experienced Cana couple leader throughout a Cana course to experience first-hand the responsibilities and intricacies of being a Cana couple leader. The scheduling details for this component will be collaboratively determined through discussions with each student, taking into account the specific needs of the Parish they’re coming from.

This course has one exit certificate option:

Certificate of Achievement

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must attend all contact hours, complete shadowing experience and pass from in-class assessment.

Teaching Institutions: Cana Movement together with Pastoral Formation Institute.

Awarding Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Each application will be evaluated based on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute welcomes a diverse range of qualifications, and our assessment is primarily focused on academic potential. We carefully review a broad spectrum of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, in addition to considering relevant work experience and skills. Our goal is to holistically assess applicants and recognize the various strengths they bring to the program.


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