Marriage & Family Life

Preparing for the Journey of Marriage


We are offering several options a year for marriage preparation in our Diocese.

One of the purposes for these courses is for you as a couple to spend time together communicating, which can be a real gift amongst the busyness of preparing for a wedding or life in general.  

All courses have sessions that will include input and discussion on these topics:

  • Understanding Self

  • Communication and Conflict Resolution

  • Life and Financial Decision Making

  • Intimacy and Family Planning

  • Forgiveness

  • The Sacrament of Marriage

Marriage Preparation Dates in 2018

November 3rd-4th 2018: Engaged Encounter course

Place:  Tirohanga Camp, Mosgiel

Cost:  $200 per family (includes all meals and accomodation)

Registration:  Click here to register online

Contact:  Jo Krysa:  [email protected]

About:  Engaged Encounter is a way of looking beyond the wedding day to a lifetime of marriage and gives couples the opportunity and guidance to build the skills for a lifelong marriage. A key factor is withdrawal from the pressures and distractions of daily life to provide the engaged couple with space in which to plan their life together after the wedding is over. They can take time out from planning their wedding to focus on themselves and discuss what’s important to them.

The weekend is designed to give plenty of time for private discussion in which the couple can talk honestly and intensely about their future life together.

The weekend has a very simple format of listening, writing, reading and discussing.

1.     The presenting couples will shares their experience on a particular topic

2.     You and your fiancé answer a set of questions individually (in separate places)

3.     You will then come back together and read through your fiancé’s answers in private

4.     You are invited to discuss your responses with your fiancé


This is a family friendly weekend developed so children are welcome and care and activities will be provided for them. This weekend is open to couples of all ages and stages in marriage.


Marriage Education Couples of the Dunedin Diocese

Tirohanga Camp near Outram was alive with love and joy, as four engaged couples gathered to learn about the ‘Decision to Love’ in an Engaged Encounter weekend at the end of November 2017.  Jo Krysa and her husband James Clark did an amazing job of organising the weekend by bringing people together to create a relaxed and joyful atmosphere for the couples to reflect on their upcoming journey of marriage.  There were times of quiet, individual reflection and journaling, followed by time for the couples to come together to discuss how they will join together in the Sacrament of marriage.  Michelle and Pesamino Tili, and Jesse Lim and Augustine Chen joined Jo and James in offering personal reflections on the joys and challenges of marriage.  Several others joined in for background support of cooking and childcare which really enhanced the weekend’s special character.  It was a moving experience for all- the couples preparing as well as the couples presenting.  And the children enjoyed the camp as much as anyone as they explored the natural surrounds while their parents shared their wisdom.  The whole experience was a true witness of the Spirit of community joining together to offer love and support for those embarking on a lifetime of choosing love.