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Engaged Couples Seminar

Pope Francis’ recent document, “On Love in the Family,” gives a good summary of what preparation for matrimony should accomplish.

“Marriage preparation should be a kind of ‘initi¬ation’ to the sacrament of matrimony, provid¬ing couples with the help they need to receive the sacrament worthily and to make a solid be¬ginning of life as a family. – Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, no. 207.

Engaged Couple Seminars in the Diocese of Manchester strive to do just that, to support a strong formation for the Sacrament of Matrimony, building on the formation an engaged couple receives at their home parish. Check out the following information to register or to find out more about our Engaged Couple Seminars.

If you are seeking sacramental remarriage, please check out our Thinking about Remarriage page.

Click on the links below to meet the seminar leaders and for seminar dates.

"How do Engaged Couple Seminars help couples prepare for their marriage?"

We asked this question of the Engaged Couple and Thinking About Remarriage seminar leaders who have years of experience working with couples. Read what they have to say.

Amoskeag/Capital/Rockingham Deaneries 

This seminar provides engaged couples with a unique opportunity for learning and exploring the art of communication. They will hear from experienced married couples who know well the day-to-day challenges the world presents. They share their knowledge in ways that couples can relate with an integrated focus on body, mind and spirit. The professional presentations are united in scope and focus to show vividly how God is integral to the love shared in married life.

We welcome all engaged couples from the Diocese of Manchester and from neighboring states and beyond!

Paul Ashton, Psy.D., D.Min., Director
Diane Bergeron, Secretary (603) 769-1816

Held at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish Center, 190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, NH
Sundays 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fee: $125.00 per couple

Download the Amoskeag/Capital/Rockingham Engaged Couples Seminar Registration Form 2016-2017 (pdf)

Register Online (select the date below):

March 19, 2017
May 21, 2017

Download Directions to St. Elizabeth Seton Parish Center, Bedford, NH (pdf)

Lakes Region Deanery 

Janet Leroux: Most of the couples are surprised at how much information they learned during the seminar. Their comments are that the seminar was better than they thought it would be. They usually appreciate the sharing from the Leader Couples and they enjoy discussions with the other couples. The more they have an opportunity to dialogue with one another the better.

Janet Leroux, (603) 267-8105
Fee: $125.00 per couple

August 30, 2015
April 10, 2016
May 22, 2016

March 26, 2017
May 21, 2017

Download the Lakes Region Deanery Engaged Couples Registration Form (pdf)

Monadnock Deanery 

Deacon Ken Swymer and Noreen Swymer, (603) 352-3525, Ext. 30
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Fee: $90.00 per couple

Catholic Faith Formation Center, 161 Main Street, Suite 118, Keene, NH
January 28/29, 2017
June 24/25, 2017

Download the Monadnock Deanery Engaged Couples Registration Form (pdf)

Seacoast Deanery 

Cathy Rossetti, (603) 664-9563, Fax (603) 664-2310
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $125.00 per couple

Holy Rosary Parish Center, 189 North Main Street, Rochester, NH

April 1
June 10

Download the Seacoast Deanery Engaged Couples Registration Form (pdf)

Souhegan Deanery 

Holly Jenness: Engaged Couple Seminars help couples prepare for marriage by opening doors of self–awareness (for example, looking at family of origin, spirituality, and beliefs about the roles spouses take on in marriage). Fundamental communication styles and preferences are named, discussed, and woven throughout a variety of subjects during the seminar, providing a rich source of information to refer back to as couples enter marriage. Engaged Couple Seminars also provide a place for couples to meet other couples - not only to share the experiences of engagement and planning a wedding, but also to share in the excitement and struggles that go along with planning for a life together.

Holly Jenness, (603) 888-9779
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $125.00 per couple

Register Online (select the date below):

January 28, 2017 - St. Kathryn Parish, Hudson
March 4, 2017 - Immaculate Conception Parish, Nashua
April 29, 2017 - St. Kathryn Parish, Hudson
July 22, 2017 - St. Kathryn Parish, Hudson

If you would prefer to register by USPS mail, please CLICK HERE for a registration form. Please allow at least 2 weeks notice (prior to chosen seminar date) for this process.

Upper Valley Deanery 

Deacon Gregg McGinn and Allyson McGinn: If the three most important rules in real estate are "Location, Location and Location," then the three most important rules in marriage are, "Communication, Communication and Communication." You're not likely to learn something earthshaking during the Seminar. But you do get the chance to open communication in some area or areas you had not fully considered beforehand. It's a first step to opening your life to the graces of the Sacrament of Marriage.

Deacon Greg McGinn, (603) 526-2137 or (603) 526-4484
Fee: $40.00 per couple

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, New London
February 4, 2017

Download the Upper Valley Deanery Engaged Couples Registration Form (pdf)

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

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