Marriage, Family and Respect Life: Marriage Enrichment and Support
"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.
Jubilee of Marriage Anniversaries -- A Celebration of the Diocese of Steubenville in recognition of Marriage Anniversaries
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.
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.
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.
Please visit our MARRIAGE PREPARATION PAGE HERE for the diocesan policies and resources.