Living a Joy-Filled Marriage Leader’s Guide



Living a Joy-Filled Marriage is a virtue-based, life-skills marriage preparation program designed to help engaged couples set patterns of thought and behavior that will ensure a lifelong, joy-filled marriage. Use each individually, or together for a complete marriage preparation offering.

Living a Joy-Filled Marriage springs from the teachings of Blessed John Paul II’s calling to families and couples to explore their uniqueness by seeking their identity and mission in Christ.

This program incorporates a three-stage approach:

  • Learning Stage: First, couples learn sound principles and a fresh, virtue-based approach to life skills through the narrative of a live presentation.
  • Discuss & Discover Stage: Through a variety of focused activities, couples discuss their relationships, learn about themselves, and begin applying what they have learned.
  • Plan & Build Stage: The final stage helps couples to recognize topics they may need to discuss at a later date, to identify shared goals, and to set concrete plans to build a joy-filled marriage. All of this is captured in one planning document, The Marriage Action Plan (MAP).

The Leader’s Guide will enable leaders to guide participants during their participation in the Living a Joy-Filled Marriage program.