Sponsor Couple

Sponsor Couple is a couple-to-couple ministry in which married couples mentor engaged couples to help them prepare for a Christian marriage.

The Training Involves

A comprehensive six-hour session using different learning modes of group interaction, discussion, lecture and role playing.   Topics covered include:

  • The Catholic Perspective on Marriage as a Sacrament
  • Overview of the Marriage Preparation process
  • Role of the Sponsor Couple
  • Using the premarital inventory tool “Fully Engaged”
  • Special Areas of Concern (i.e. cohabitation, premarital sex, contraception, interfaith, finances, etc.)

Suggested Qualities of a Sponsor Couple
  • Believe in marriage as a permanent and faithful commitment.
  • Believe God and Church are necessary to a successful relationship.
  • Are generous, warm and nonjudgmental.
  • Are realistic and hopeful regarding the day-to-day living of marriage.
  • Are open-minded and can share their own lived witness of the sacrament.
  • Have the ability to listen well, reflect back and encourage participation without threatening.
  • Can be witnesses and companions with the engaged couples in their continued search for a fulfilling and successful marriage.
  • Have been married for at least three years, are following the teachings of the Catholic Church, and support the diocesan guidelines in preparing couples for marriage.
  • Endorse and support the teachings of the Church such as birth control, premarital sex, cohabitation, etc.
  • Understand the principle of confidentiality.

Cost and Registration

Training sessions can be scheduled on a parish, deanery or regional basis.  The cost is $110 per couple ($165 per couple outside the Diocese of St. Cloud) and includes the Fully Engaged Facilitator’s Guide, materials and training expenses.

To register contact Janet Dusek at jdusek@gw.stcdio.org or call 320-252-4721 with names, address, phone number and email of the couple attending one week before the scheduled sponsor couple training session.

Note:  If training is given in a parish setting, a mileage fee is added.

Training Dates
Date Time Location
Saturday, October 7, 2017 9 AM – 4:00 PM Pastoral Center, St. Cloud
Saturday, October 15, 2017 12 PM – 5:30 PM St. Henry, Perham
Saturday, January 27, 2018 9 AM – 4:00 PM Pastoral Center, St. Cloud
 Saturday, October 6, 2018   9 AM – 4:00 PM  Pastoral Center, St. Cloud

Contact Chris Codden at ccodden@gw.stcdio.org or 320-252-4721 to arrange additional training sessions.