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    COVID-19 Update

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Archdiocese of Philadelphia Marriage Preparation Courses are being held as scheduled according to listed dates and times, but are now being delivered in a live webinar format until further notice. After completing registration, all couples are given instructions via email to join the virtual environment. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Welcome to the Archdiocese Catholic Marriage Preparation in Philadelphia!

Joy-Filled Marriage Program is a comprehensive marriage preparation program rooted in virtues, as well as the Theology of the Body.

Living a Joy-Filled Marriage
God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage

Our Archdiocese Catholic Marriage Prep Program in Philadelphia incorporates a three-stage approach:

Learning Stage

First, couples learn sound principles and a fresh, virtue-based approach to life skills through the narrative of a live presentation.

Discover Stage

Through a variety of focused activities, couples discuss their relationships, learn about themselves, and begin applying what they have learned.

Build Stage

The final stage helps couples to recognize topics they may need to discuss at a later date, to identify shared goals, and to set concrete plans to build a joy-filled marriage. All of this is captured in one planning document, The Marriage Action Plan (MAP).


“Essential seeds are planted in a loving and invitational manner that will bear transforming fruit in years to come for families, for the Church and for the world.”

Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino Bishop of Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin

“We are seeing hearts being changed because of the God’s Plan program.”

Judith Psota, Family Life Director Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey

“We are seeing the conversion of hearts…Our engaged come away from this experience with a better understanding of the Sacrament of Matrimony and the meaning of the vows they exchange.”

Peggy Skiano, Director of Family Life Diocese of San Diego, California

Are you Ready?

Incorporating rich Catholic theology and sound psychology

Joy Filled Marriage - Ascension Press P.O. Box 1990 West Chester, PA 19380