This is a new option for engaged couples to prepare 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.

*This program does not offer overnight stays- you will come and go each day*

Due to current COVID restrictions, the October 9-11 Thrive! weekend will not be held in-person. 
Registration is now open for the October Thrive Online! session.  


Curriculum: couples will learn about . . .

-scientifically proven, research-based relationship development

-cutting-edge brain science

-positive psychology

-women’s health

-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: $225 per couple (either format)

Thrive Online! (virtual classroom program)

During this unprecedented time of uncertainty and social distancing, we want to let you know that we are working to ensure that your marriage preparation will be both a safe and a fruitful experience.  We have converted our Thrive! program into a virtual classroom experience via Google Classroom. This program fulfills steps 3, 4, and 5 of the diocesan marriage preparation requirements.  Couples who decide to participate in this format will receive all necessary materials in the mail prior to beginning the course.  There will be video presentations, workbook reading, and online quizzes to submit.  Our instructors will provide personalized feedback to your answers throughout the course and you will be encouraged to communicate with them to ask questions. 

You will be able to access to our content over an eight-week period to complete the course on your own schedule. This enables you to go into deeper discussion, and to take breaks when needed.  You MUST finish the course within four weeks of your wedding date.  As part of the course, you will complete an introduction to Natural Family Planning throughThe 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.


Thrive! Weekend Program (in-person)

This program includes the content from steps 3-5 of the marriage preparation process so couples completing this weekend will not need to attend the God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage program and they will be able to attend an introduction to NFP (Creighton Model) during the weekend included in the cost of THRIVE!  The weekend is held at various parish locations; there will be no overnight stays. Registration includes hors d'oeuvres on Friday, all meals on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.


Friday        6:30PM-9:00PM

Saturday    8:30AM-8:00PM

Sunday      8:30AM-6:00PM

Register for Thrive!

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Resources for those who have attended Thrive!

Fun things to do for married and engaged couples…

Date Night is a monthly (10 times a year) program offered by a local Catholic group called School of Love. The event is FREE and includes a short talk to help couples develop their relationship, fellowship and a conversation starter to use on your own date that follows the program.  It is normally held on the First Thursday of each month.
City on a Hill – Young Adults in KC

Many of the volunteers who helped during your Thrive weekend belong to the  Catholic young adult group City on a Hill.  You may find this to be an amazing resource as you look for other couples that share your goals and values.  You may find some lasting friendships here!  Please click the link above to learn about fellowship, formation, spiritual direction, and more!
Some useful links to help you continue the good things you started last weekend…

You may need help in your relationship even before you get married.
We have lots of information about various aspects of family life.
If you find yourself dealing with infertility, you are not alone in your struggle.
For more on the topic of discernment (that we spoke about at the end of Sunday).