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Forever Love: Peter Jesserer Smith

American Catholic journalism has the power and responsibly to shape the narrative surrounding marriage in the U.S. Peter Jesserer Smith sees this responsibility as paramount to making sure people understand that the vocation of marriage is ultimately about missionary discipleship.

In this conversation, Peter Jesserer Smith, Our Sunday Visitor National News and Features Editor, and Bridget Richardson, Executive Producer of MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston, sits down to discuss the vocation of marriage and its power for evangelization. He shares how recognizing the family as an integral part of how the laity show God's love to the world makes the gospel come alive for those around them. He shares his understanding of Catholic journalism, its storytelling capabilities and how his experiences on reporting on marriage have led him to co-author a book with Mary Rose and Ryan Verret.

This interview is bonus content from the Marriage Catechumenate Summit that took place at Circle Lake Retreat Center near Houston, Texas in June 2023. This continues a series of interviews with Catholic marriage experts in North America who attended the summit. A mini-documentary of the summit will be released at the end of the interview series.

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Forever Love: Jim Barrette

What does it look like to change the way we do church? To Jim Barrette, this could be the start, or even the continuation, of a change in the way we form people at all ages.

In this conversation, Bridget Richardson, Executive Producer of MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston, talks with Jim Barrette, Secretariat Director of Pastoral and Educational Ministries in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, about the marriage catechumenate. Jim shares how the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has been thinking about how to inspire lifelong marriage formation for a long time and how it will take a generation or two to see the catechumenate really take root.

This interview is bonus content from the Marriage Catechumenate Summit that took place at Circle Lake Retreat Center near Houston, Texas in June 2023. This continues a series of interviews with Catholic marriage experts in North America who attended the summit. A mini-documentary of the summit will be released at the end of the interview series.

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Forever Love: Sal and Josephine Caruso

Literally right before their flight, Sal and Josephine Caruso wanted to share about marriage in their area of San Jose, California. As advocates for marriage and family life, Josephine and Sal have seen firsthand what newly married couples need to thrive - they need to hear what they experience is normal and that marriage is incredible.

In this conversation, Josephine and Sal talk with Darnell Miller, Creative Director of MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston, about what the marriage landscape in California and what they thought about the summit overall. They share personal reflections and why it's important to reach out for newly married couples.

This interview is bonus content from the Marriage Catechumenate Summit that took place at Circle Lake Retreat Center near Houston, Texas in June 2023. This continues a series of interviews with Catholic marriage experts in North America who attended the summit. A mini-documentary of the summit will be released at the end of the interview series.

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Diocese of San Jose

Forever Love: Sharon Goh

Forever Love: Sharon Goh

Sharon Goh helps couples in her Archdiocese prepare for marriage, so she's seen a thing or two.

From the Archdiocese of Vancouver in Canada, Sharon and Bridget Richardson, Executive Producer of MAX Studios, discuss what marriage preparation is like in Vancouver and how she facilitates nearly all of the sessions in her Archdiocese. Sharon how sharing marriage milestones are important and how walking with couples through the first few years of marriage is vital to marriages thriving.

This interview is bonus content from the Marriage Catechumenate Summit that took place at Circle Lake Retreat Center near Houston, Texas in June 2023. This continues a series of interviews with Catholic marriage experts in North America who attended the summit. A mini-documentary of the summit will be released at the end of the interview series.

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Archdiocese of Vancouver

Archdiocese of Vancouver Marriage and Family

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Forever Love: Julia Dezelski

From Julia Dezelski's vantage point, while the U.S. is very different state to state, the challenges and opportunities facing marriages are the same.

Julia Dezelski, Assistant Director for Marriage, Family and Laity at United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), sits down with Darnell Miller, Creative Director of MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston, to discuss the Marriage Catechumenate Summit and the state of marriage in the U.S. Julia shares how she thinks the foundation of revitalizing marriage in the U.S. begins with children and the family, and how the bishops support and challenge the laity to be advocates for this special vocation.

This interview is bonus content from the Marriage Catechumenate Summit that took place at Circle Lake Retreat Center near Houston, Texas in June 2023. This continues a series of interviews with Catholic marriage experts in North America who attended the summit. A mini-documentary of the summit will be released at the end of the interview series.

 

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Forever Love: J.P. DeGance

Studying the rise and fall of marriage in the U.S. has helped J.P. DeGance understand what is at the core of people leaving Christian churches.

MAX Studios Creative Director Darnell Miller talks with J.P. DeGance, author, researcher and President and Founder of Communio, about his findings from the Nationwide Study on Faith & Relationships and how we can do better to serve the loneliest people in church pews.

This interview is bonus content from the Marriage Catechumenate Summit that took place at Circle Lake Retreat Center near Houston, Texas in June 2023. This continues a series of interviews with Catholic marriage experts in North America who attended the Marriage Catechumenate Summit. A mini-documentary of the summit will be released at the end of the interview series.

J.P. DeGance

Communio

The Nationwide Study on Faith and Relationships

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Forever Love: Bishop Brendan Cahill

Marriage enrichment encompasses more than just the couple - it's the whole family. Following an energetic small group discussion at the Marriage Catechumenate Summit, Bishop Brendan Cahill, in the Diocese of Victoria, TX, discusses how to evangelize the whole family.

This interview is bonus content from the Marriage Catechumenate Summit that took place at Circle Lake Retreat Center near Houston, Texas in June 2023. Bishop Cahill shares about the value of engaging young families and how it's important to take seriously the questions of young people, and even teaching them philosophy.

This is a part of a series of interviews with Catholic marriage experts in North America who attended the Marriage Catechumenate Summit. A mini-documentary of the summit will be released at the end of the interview series.

Bishop Brendan Cahill

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Forever Love: Mary-Rose and Ryan Verret

A movement starts with a movement … by the Holy Spirit. Mary-Rose and Ryan Verret saw the decline of marriages all around them and decided they wanted to do something about it. With fervent prayer and steadfast obedience, they founded Witness to Love, a marriage movement that has changed countless lives and transformed marriages around the world.

After speaking at the World Meeting of Families in Rome in 2022, they had a dream to have a summit where marriage experts from around North America could brainstorm ways to better serve couples in their marriage preparation process. With the help of thoughtful donors, like the Scanlan Foundation, their dream became a reality.

This interview is bonus content from the Marriage Catechumenate Summit that took place at Circle Lake Retreat Center near Houston, Texas in June 2023. Mary-Rose and Ryan share about Witness to Love, the impact of a catechumenate model on marriage and how this summit came to be a reality. This begins a series of interviews with Catholic marriage experts in North America who attended the Marriage Catechumenate Summit. A mini-documentary of the summit will be released at the end of the interview series.

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