Marriage, Family and Respect Life: Marriage Enrichment and Support

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"Marriage is a lifelong partnership of the whole of life, of mutual and exclusive fidelity, established by mutual consent between a man and a woman, and ordered towards the good of the spouses and the procreation of offspring."

- US Catholic Bishops
(Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan)

Strengthening marriages and nurturing families is a key aspect of our ministry in the diocese.  Married life is a vocation, a calling from God.  Healthy marriages are vital to the well being of the Church and society.  It is a path for holiness for those who embrace this beautiful vocation and strive to be faithful to it.

Please make use of the following marriage-related resources.


Special Events

Jubilee of Marriage Anniversaries -- A Celebration of the Diocese of Steubenville in recognition of Marriage Anniversaries


General Resources

Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan
The US Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Marriage is an excellent resource for understanding the beauty of the Church's vision for Marriage.  It provides a thorough, yet succinct coverage of this beautiful vocation.
Read it online here.



nfpNatural Family Planning
A great blessing for every marriage!  Find out how you can strengthen your marriage and plan your family according to the moral guidelines of the Catholic Church.
Read more on our NFP webpage
Marriage is a vocation to holiness. From their first days as husband and wife through their golden years, married couples have the awesome task of witnessing to God’s faithful love to each other, their children, and society. No couple does this perfectly, and everyone needs help when love feels strained and the going gets tough. All marriages can grow in knowledge, faith, joy, and love. Whether you are just starting out in marriage or have fifty years under your belt, the advice, real life stories, and Church teaching here can help strengthen and bless your marriage.
quc797ebyp95ap0r4ku4y70xzql.jpgMarriage Encounter 
Looking for the perfect weekend? A weekend to bring you and your spouse closer together? A Marriage Encounter weekend is exactly what you are looking for. Instead of simply listening to lectures about how to improve your marriage, you will actually be improving your marriage. Marriage Encounter helps to turn a good marriage into a GREAT marriage. Check out their website to read how other couples have described how the weekend changed their marriages, and to find weekends. Find their Facebook page here
Pornography has a major impact on marriage and relationships. Please visit this page for a variety of resources and information about pornography, chastity and sexual purity.
Recipe for a Happy Marriage
Click here to read a Recipe for a Happy Catholic Marriage.


Marriage Preparation

Please visit our MARRIAGE PREPARATION PAGE HERE for the diocesan policies and resources.



Help for Hurting Marriages

Pronounced retro-vi, this is a program that helps couples heal and renew their marriages.   Do you feel lost or alone in your marriage? Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse?  Have you thought about separation or divorce?  Retrouvaille offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program.  Find out more from their website.

Book Picks

The 5 Love Languages
The Five Love Languages 
by Dr. Gary Chapman - OUTSTANDING book about communication in marriage.  It's changing lives every day!  This is a great resource for understanding how you and your spouse communicate love.  Spouses often communicate love differently, which leads to misunderstandings and heartbreak.  This is the perfect resource to grow in your marriage!

Good News About Sex & Marriage 
by Christopher West - A "new way" of understanding our sexuality that's sweeping across the planet. Created by Blessed John Paul II, the Theology of the Body is transforming marriages by showing the truth and beauty of God's design for marriage. Learn more from the book.  You can also read articles about the Theology of the Body at on his website.
For Better Forever: A Catholic Guide to Lifelong Marriage 
by Gregory K. Popcak.  Dr. Popcak is a Catholic pyschologist and author.  He also hosts a radio show on Ave Maria Radio. Dr. Popcak also has a CD available on this same topic.
Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage
Nationally syndicated radio hosts and international family life speakers Greg and Lisa Popcak combine decades of counseling, the latest findings in marriage research, twenty-three years of marriage, and the wisdom of Catholic teaching to offer newlyweds a master plan for creating a strong bond in the first five years of marriage. Dr. Popcak also has a CD available on this same topic.
Married Saints and Blesseds 
by Ferdinand Holbock. From their website: "Countless saints have been priests or religious, living out lives of penance and sacrifice for the good of the Church. But many Catholics don't realize that married couples are called to holiness as well. Fr. Holböck's tells the inspiring stories of over 200 married saints and blesseds."
The ABCs of Choosing a Good Husband and The ABCs of Choosing a Good Wife both by Steve Wood, provide essential information for the process of discerning who and who NOT to marry.
Marriage 911: How God Saved Our Marriage (and Can Save Yours Too) 
by Greg and Julie Alexander.  "Greg and Julie Alexander had concluded that divorce was the only way out of what they thought was a lifeless, loveless marriage. Basing their life together on the things society says are important took them spiraling downward until they literally hit rock bottom. Quite unexpectedly, a faithful priest guided them back to the truths of the Church, and they were able to restore the love they once had for each other. "Marriage 911" chronicles Greg and Julie's journey back to marital happiness built on a strong Catholic faith and offers emergency hope to struggling couples."