Marriage is a practice common to all cultures in all ages. It is, therefore, a natural institution, something common to all mankind. At its most basic level, marriage is a union between a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation and mutual support, or love. Each spouse in a marriage gives up some rights over his or her life in exchange for rights over the life of the other spouse.
While divorce has existed throughout history, it has been rare until recent centuries, which indicates that, even in its natural form, marriage is meant to be a lifelong, union.
Engaged couples complete the FOCUS program with a sponsor couple prior to the sacrament of marriage. Please contact the office at least 6 months prior to receiving the sacrament to schedule your wedding and to be assigned a sponsor couple. For more information, visit the diocese website: