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SmartLoving Marriage Formation for Parish Leaders

Start Date: Friday 1 April, 2022
End Date: Thursday 30 June, 2022
Venue: Zoom
Speaker: SmartLoving
Cost: Free

Pope Francis has urged for the establishment of a marriage catechumenate in parishes and dioceses as a way to build thriving catholic marriages families and communities and to nurture outreach and evangelisation. As a way of assisting parishes to embrace such a ministry, I would encourage clergy to consider encouraging a couple from your parish to take on training in the SmartLoving marriage course.

The Marriage Kit by SmartLoving is an online marriage enrichment course. It can be run as a group experience or in an Online Accompanied format with couples doing the course work privately and then joining online gatherings to go through discussion questions with other participants. This leader formation program will familiarise couples with the Marriage Kit course in the hopes that they would be open to running the course at a later date for their community.

The Online Accompanied format offers couples privacy through the immersive online learning platform as well as the benefit of community support in the online gatherings. At the parish level, it enables parish communities to provide quality marriage enrichment with ease to couples in the parish, school, and wider community.

Online Gatherings: Wednesdays @7:30 pm | April 27, May 11, May 25, Jun 8, Jun 22

(Can’t make Wednesdays? If there is sufficient demand, we’ll schedule another series of Online Gatherings. Let us know when you enroll.)


For more information or an expression of interest/conversation with prospective mentor couples, please contact [email protected]

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0434 346 280

About SmartLoving

Brought to you by the Marriage Resource Centre, SmartLoving provides resources to support couples throughout their commitment life-cycle. The SmartLoving series is recognised internationally as one of the most comprehensive range of materials for Catholic marriage formation.

Grounded in the Theology of the Body, SmartLoving honours the unique strengths of men and women called to love and to be loved. Masterfully created with multimedia and digital technologies, the courses and publications optimise engagement with participants for a comprehensive and powerful experience. SmartLoving draws from a wealth of research, theology, creativity and practical experience to provide a compelling and focused approach to building marriages and families that thrive in faith and in love.

Founded on the principal of ‘Centrally Enabled – Locally Delivered’ SmartLoving’s leader resources equip local communities to provide quality formation experiences without onerous training or financial outlay. Comprehensive leader materials provide step-by-step guides to establish a marriage catechumenate or host a group experience.

Cofounders Francine & Byron Pirola, have over three decades of experience in marriage and family ministry and are supported by a team of volunteer couples and employed creatives. Residing in Australia, they have five adult children and two grandchildren.



This is not a diocesan event and is not sponsored or administered by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong. While the diocese endeavours to only associate with events that it understands to be appropriate for the people of God in the diocese, promotion by the diocese of a non-diocesan event should not necessarily be considered as an endorsement of the event.