Why do marriage preparation at Creighton/St. Johnís?

 

The marriage preparation process at Creighton/St. Johnís is designed to meet the needs of busy students and professionals by honoring each couples unique needs and special issues while using a time tested process for connecting couples in a way that truly informs and enhances their marriage experience long after the wedding day.

What is involved in marriage preparation?

Couples will complete the FOCCUS inventory and discuss issues related to marriage with a mentor couple or a Jesuit priest.

Couples will choose from three options for their pre-marriage retreat  which  include: The Ignatian Marriage Preparation Retreat, Catholic Engaged Encounter or Marriage: A Journey for Life.

How do we begin?

Call 402-280-2205 or email KathyMartin@creighton.edu to schedule an Introductory meeting in which the process of marriage preparation is explained and initial documents are completed. (1 hour).

Who can partipate?

Who can partipate?

Creighton students, alumni, children of an alumni, staff and faculty members, as well as parishioners of St. Johnís are invited and encouraged to prepare for marriage with the Creighton/St. Johnís marriage preparation office.

What if you are not getting married in the Catholic Church?

What if you are not getting married in the Catholic Church?

Have you heard great things about the FOCCUS inventory and conversations at Creighton/St. Johnís and want to benefit from this experience even though you are NOT getting married in the Catholic Church? We are happy to assist you! We will adapt the FOCCUS conversations for your needs. Every engaged couple can benefit from these pre-marriage conversations so give your relationship this gift!

When do we begin?

When do we begin?

In order to give yourselves the most flexibility, please begin the process as soon as you are engaged or reserve the church. The Archdiocese of Omaha requires a minimum of six months for marriage preparation, but couples enjoy the process more when they begin a year or more before their wedding. You may do your introductory meeting up to two years before your wedding!

What is the cost?

What is the cost?

Engaged couples at Creighton/St. Johnís give their FOCCUS facilitators a stipend of $75 which is collected at the introductory meeting. The cost of the retreat varies according to the option selected by the couple. The FOCCUS inventory cost is $20 per couple.

Where are you located?

Where are you located?

The marriage preparation office is located in Campus Ministry in the lowest level of Swanson Hall. Park at the visitors lot on 24th and Cass and walk west towards Deglman Circle. From circle turn left towards Brandies and look for the white ďCampus MinistryĒ arrow pointing down to our door.
Link to Campus Map

Resources and General Information

Resources and General Information

Read a story of a Creighton couple's experience of marriage preparation at Creighton/St. Johnís with one of our married FOCCUS facilitating couples: Creighton Magazine. Spring 2019, Volume 35 Issue 1.
http://www.creighton.edu/creightonmagazine/2019sprfeatureaweddingstory

Information regarding St. Johnís parish:
https://www.stjohns-creighton.org/

Information for weddings at St. Johnís including recommendations for wedding music and liturgy:
https://www.stjohns-creighton.org/weddings

General information and tips for Catholic marriage including suggestions for planning a wedding:
http://www.foryourmarriage.org/nformation 

Marriage Preparation information from the Archdiocese of Omaha:
https://archomaha.org/marriage-prep/

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