Marriage formation has four components:
Part One - Online Registration and Starting Your Journey
To get started, click the link below to sign up for online marriage formation. Either the bride or groom can register, pay the fee of $195, and set up an account in LEAD, our learning portal. Then, the couple can sit together (or log in separately) to access their first course, Start Your Journey Here.
Part Two - Zoom Intro
Once couples finish their first course together (or separately), they will choose from a list of dates for their Intro to Marriage Formation Zoom meeting. These meetings are 30 minutes and allow us to learn more about you as we accompany on your journey. Sessions are held about fifteen times per year at various times and accessible only through the portal. The bride and groom are required to attend this online session. About fifteen minutes before your session, you'll see a button appear in your list of courses inviting you to join the call.
Part Three - Online Content
Completing the Zoom meeting unlocks the rest of your courses. Using LEAD, couples will complete the rest of their online formation. Couples can work through this material at their leisure, but must complete this portion of the program within 90 days of beginning. It is strongly recommended that couples complete this part of formation no less than two months prior their wedding. We have purposely made the modules short since walking away from each course without finishing may result in lost work.
Part Four - Wrap Up Session
The last course couples will see is another 30 minute live course that will take place with their mentor couple via Zoom. During this session, we will hear from couples what they learned, what they found challenging, and what further instruction they might still need. Completing this call automatically generates your certificate of completion. Just like your intro Zoom call, these links are only available through the portal.
[On Your Own - Meeting with Clergy]
The final step in marriage formation is the meeting between the couple and the clergyman officiating their wedding. Though couples will likely meet with clergy ahead of enrolling in the diocesan program, we are strongly recommending that an additional meeting take place following the completion of the diocesan formation.
Ready to proceed?
When you are ready to proceed, head over to the registration page and get started. Whoever is filling out the form (bride or groom) should be the one to pay the fee and set up the account. No worries, you will be able to add your partner once you have logged in. You can proceed through formation together or separately, though together is preferred.
Intro to Marriage Formation
Sign up for one of these introductory sessions to learn more about the program, get a quick tutorial, and discover more about the Sacrament of Matrimony.