The Office of Marriage and Family Life assists pastors in their service
to the "domestic Church" by offering a host of educational programs,
events, services and resources designed to promote an authentic Catholic
vision of marriage, human sexuality and family life. These include (but are
not limited to):
- Marriage preparation programs
- Marriage enrichment programs
- Natural Family Planning services
Christine Meert have dedicated their lives to preparing couples to live a
happy and holy marriage. I am grateful that God called them to minister
in our diocese.
Bishop Michael J. Sheridan
Christian and Christine Meert were married in France July 2, 1977. They
have five daughters, and twelve grandchildren both in France and in the
In 1984 they experienced a deep conversion and their family joined the
Catholic Community of the Beatitudes in France in 1990 leaving everything
behind: job, family, friends, house etc. In 1999, Archbishop Charles Chaput
in the Archdiocese of Denver invited the Community to start a house of
prayer in Denver. Christian and Christine were in charge of this new house
until the summer of 2003 until the community, recognizing their talent in
preparing couples for the sacrament of marriage, gave them the opportunity
and time to focus more on their calling to help engaged couples. They
founded Catholic Marriage Prep,
LLC. which is dedicated to the building of strong Catholic
In July of 2005, Bishop Michael Sheridan re-opened the Office of
Marriage and Family Life in the Diocese of Colorado Springs and hired
Christian and Christine's organization to run it.
Free Parish Workshops
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering several workshops,
free of charge, to all the parishes of the diocese.
I encourage all our parishes to take advantage of these helpful
workshops. Contact Christian and Christine by phone at 719.471.9702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop Michael J. Sheridan
I. Review of the Diocesan Marriage Prep Requirements
One and a half hour, mainly for marriage preparation ministers, minimum 20
1 - Engaged Couples: who are they today? Demographics, today's socioeconomic situation, to help us better serve the engaged couples' needs.
2 - Review of the Colorado Springs Diocesan Marriage Prep
3 - Q&A.
II. FOCCUS Certification and re-certification workshops
On a Saturday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, minimum 5 couples.
FOCCUS Inc. requires all mentor couples to be certified or
This workshop can be organized by several parishes, or at the deanery
III. Man and Woman in the Plan of God
Two hours, minimum 20 people.
This presentation is a sort of "instruction manual" for man and woman to
understand their dignity as God’s beloved creatures.
It shows the beauty in their differences and helps understand how to
function better together as a couple.
IV. Study Guide to John Paul II Theology of the Body.
Series of nine workshops of two and a half hours each, minimum 50
Allows to actually read and understand John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
and not only read books about John Paul II’s Theology of the
Workshop 1: Back to the Beginning.
Workshop 2: Original Humanity.
Workshop 3: Fallen Humanity.
Workshop 4: Redeemed Humanity.
Workshop 5: Glorified Humanity.
Workshop 6: Marriage the Primordial Sacrament.
Workshop 7: Living the Mystery.
Workshop 8: Love is Fruitful.
Workshop 9: Building a culture of Life.