This is a unique option for engaged couples who are preparing for marriage in the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph. The dual focus on human and spiritual development makes this program different from others now available.
Curriculum: couples will learn about . . .
-scientifically proven, research-based relationship development
-cutting-edge brain science
-the theological vision of marriage
-insights from Theology of the Body
and practical guidance for...
-preparing to have a family
-developing a life of prayer and virtue
-making intentional decisions about how they can form their new home as a domestic church in which everyone THRIVES!
Cost: $250 per couple
This virtual classroom experience fulfills steps 3, 4, and 5 of the diocesan marriage preparation requirements. Couples will receive all necessary supplemental materials in the mail prior to beginning the course. Each chapter will contain video presentations, reading, and online quizzes to submit. Our mentors will provide personalized feedback to your answers throughout the course and you will be encouraged to communicate with them to ask questions.
The course is divided into Part One and Part Two. You will be given ten weeks to access the content in Part One and eight weeks to access Part Two. This allows you the flexibility to complete the course on your own schedule, enabling you to go into deeper discussion, and to take breaks when needed. There are 14 chapters total, which means you can complete the course in as little as one chapter per week, or you could complete the entire course in a weekend if necessary.
PLEASE NOTE: You MUST finish the course within ONE MONTH of your wedding date. If necessary, your course deadlines will be shortened to allow for this.
As part of the course, you will complete an introduction to Natural Family Planning through Fertility Care Center of Kansas City, either as a one-hour, live Zoom conference or an in-person meeting. This is included in the course and will not be an additional cost to you.
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What couples are saying about Thrive Online . . .
This course was extremely fruitful and helpful in preparation for our marriage. The course contained timely, relevant and important information that was presented in a relatable and non-judgmental way. We will take away things from this course that will be very important to our marriage that we haven't heard of before! We don't know how any couple gets married without going through marriage prep first!
-Nate and Karsen, Kansas City, KS
This course really helps to guide you through questions you should be answering before marriage, but might not think of on your own. The instructors and instruction is thought provoking and really helped us open up to one another.
-Matt and Claire, Mission, KS
This course is challenging, covers many topics, and requires committed attention but ultimately is very helpful in initiating conversations and thoughts on topics couples might not otherwise have. We found the course to be rewarding.
-Matt and Louise, Kansas City, MO
My fiancé and I really enjoyed this course, even in a virtual environment. Truthfully, we went into this thinking that we were so well prepared for marriage that there wasn't much else to discuss, however, we learned something new with every lesson. This whole course does such a great job of explaining why the Catholic values are important, and how staying true to them can help you maintain a long, thriving marriage!
-Adam and Victoria, Dallas, TX