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.




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, January 25, 2020   9 AM – 4:00 PM Pastoral Center, St. Cloud
Saturday, October 3, 2020   9 AM – 4:00 PM Pastoral Center, St. Cloud

 Contact Patrick Flynn at  pflynn@gw.stcdio.org to arrange additional training sessions.