A special Catholic marriage mentoring program for newlyweds is increasing in popularity as the next generation strives to build strong, long-lasting and prayerful bonds. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Aimed at fostering relationship skills, broadening spouses’ understanding of each other and living out the sacrament of marriage for couples during their first five years of marriage, the Ministry to the Newly Married (MNM) has grown from humble beginnings in Canberra to dioceses and parishes throughout Australia.
Maurie and Bernice Boland began MNM in 1990 at the repeated request of couples who had experienced their “Evenings for the Engaged” program.
“We found the couples wanted more as they entered into marriage. Over the years, we’ve received wonderful feedback from the couples who have taken part,” they said.
“I believe we have a ‘hidden treasure’ in the Church – the daily living-out of faith and love of our married couples,” Mrs Boland said.
Canberra couple Mark and Louise Ferris, who will graduate along with four other couples on September 27, have found the program very helpful.
“We are each fortunate to have sets of parents whose marriages are both enduring beyond 30 years, but still place a very high value on talking to others about their experience of marriage,” they said.
“Marriage should be enjoyed, but also needs a commitment to learn more about it and about each other.”
Fourth-year Brisbane MNM couple Nick and Lauren Le Feuvre have been married since 2013 and now have three children.
“When we decided that it was crucial that we made our marriage a priority, it was refreshing to land in the lap of the Brisbane coordinators of MNM – mentor couples all with strong priestly support and endorsement,” the Le Feuvres said.
“We look forward to every session, both working through the content together with each other and with our various mentor couples.”
It’s the positive comments, lasting friendships and Christian fellowship that has kept the Bolands committed to leading and expanding the national program.
“We had no idea that the program would expand nationally when we started this,” Mrs Boland said. “The Lord prepared the way for us.”
Ministry to the Newly Married a ‘hidden’ Church treasure (ACBC Media Blog)