The Art of Accompanying Couples Preparing for Marriage

“The art of accompanying couples” provides the basic knowledge and skills needed by leading couples commencing their ministry with engaged couples preparing for a Christian marriage. This course introduces those new to this ministry to the art of creating the necessary group dynamics, accompanying individual couples, and keeping up to date with information and methodologies in this particular field. This course addresses these needs by modelling the learning outcomes in the methodology of the course itself.

The intended learning outcomes: 

By the end of this course the students will be able to:

  • facilitate a group of young couples preparing for Christian marriage
  • accompany on a basic spiritual and emotional level young engaged couples preparing for a Christian marriage.
  • couples who are being introduced to the ministry of accompanying couples towards the sacrament of marriage; 
  • other couples who are already accompanying couples towards marriage as a form of ongoing formation.  (commonly known as koppji mexxejja) 

Target Audience Age: 19-65+

The course is delivered on Fridays between 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Throughout the course, the participants will be mentored by experienced Cana Couple Leaders (koppja mexxejja) Mr Chris and Ms Rosanne Triganza. Through useful tips and experiences, the couple can help participants with any queries they might have and to better understand their future role as a Cana Couple Leader (koppja mexxejja).

5th MaySession 1: Group Dynamics Mr Joseph Pellicano
12th MaySession 2: Skills for Accompanying Individuals Rev. Prof Paul Galea
19th MaySession 3: Growing Deeper in the Spiritual Dimension Mr Nicholas & Ms Mary Baldacchino
26th MaySession 4: Exploring Available Resources Part 1: Family Planning and Sexuality  Ms Christine Galea
2nd JuneSession 5: Exploring Available Resources
Part 2: Issues with moral theology related to the family 
Rev. Dr Carlo Calleja
8th & 9th JuneSession 6: Assessment Presentation by the Participating Couples Fr Charles Attard and Fr Aayrton Muscat
Leading Couple Shadowing Experience

After following the above course, the participants will have the opportunity to shadow an experienced couple during an actual Cana course. This will give the participants the chance to observe what being a couple leader (koppja mexxejja) entails.

This course is held on Fridays from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

LecturesFridays 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th May 20236:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Presentation SessionThursday 8th & Fridays 9th June 20236:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Leading Couple Shadowing Experience

After following the above course, the participants will have the opportunity to shadow an experienced couple during an actual Cana course. Dates and locations for this arrangement will be discussed individually with the applicants.

Assessment: short presentation during the last course session.

Certification: Certificate of Achievement

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, a student must; attend all the contact hours, complete the leading couple shadowing experience and pass successfully the assessment/s.

Teaching Institutions: Cana Movement together with Pastoral Formation Institute.

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider a very wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.