Transformed in Love - Leader and Team Manual
Transformed in Love - Leader and Team Manual

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A marriage preparation program that helps couples build a loving marriage in today's culture.

Update for those who already have copies of the Leaders' Guide: Following the release of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony, we have prepared an update for your copy of Transformed in Love. Click Here for Updated Insert

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For more detailed information about the program, sample chapters from the Leader and Team Manual, Engaged Couple workbook, program overview and statistics, register to download the white paper here.

About this Book:

Transformed in Love is a ready-to-use Catholic marriage preparation program developed in the Archdiocese of Boston that prepares engaged couples for marriage through faith, sacraments, practical skills, and witness.

Learn about the Engaged Couple Workbook

Enjoy the benefits of using Transformed in Love in your parish TODAY:

  • Flexible teaching schedule: two, four, or six session options, or a single weekend retreat.
  • Comprehensive ?teach-out-of-the-box? program with easy-to-use instructional materials: leader and team manual, engaged couple workbook, and electronic presentations.
  • Accessible online resources at sample pages of leader and team manual and engaged couple workbooks, short videos, downloadable materials, inspirational e-notes, marriage and faith resources, connection to Transformed in Love online community, and prayer support from the Daughters of St. Paul.

    This Catholic marriage preparation program was developed in the Archdiocese of Boston by over 40 highly qualified contributors including a bishop and judicial vicar, as well as priests, deacons, religious sisters, canon lawyers, theologians, psychologists, and married couples. During a three-year pilot program, Transformed in Love: Building Your Catholic Marriage was enthusiastically received by engaged couples, program leaders, and team members. Their valuable feedback has helped shape the program, making it even more user-friendly and adapted to people's needs today. Over 850 people have benefited from their participation in the Transformed in Love marriage preparation program thus far, and this number is growing!

    The The Leader and Team Manual is designed to be used with its companion volume, the Engaged Couple Workbook.

    The manual can be used by personnel from marriage preparation offices and ministries within dioceses and parishes, adult faith formation groups, and retreat center marriage preparation programs. This program manual includes: detailed breakdown of content, team member roles and responsibilities, step-by-step instructions, directions, surveys, forms, and scheduling options. The program is easy-to-use because most of the preparatory work has already been done for you!

    Transformed in Love responds to the pastoral challenges brought about by current cultural attitudes toward marriage and family life. This program helps couples build strong foundations for a lasting union by:

  • Reconnecting (or connecting) them with the Catholic faith
  • Clarifying the nature and sacramental grace of marriage
  • Offering practical skills for living out marriage vows
  • Providing the witness of faith-filled married couples

    The program offers a comprehensive and practical approach to marriage preparation by integrating human and faith formation, sexuality and dimensions of everyday living such as household responsibilities, work, raising children, holiday celebrations, and finances.

    The program incorporates a variety of teaching methods: witness presentations, new media, teaching modules, group and individual exercises, and mentoring, all of which offer couples the tools they need to build life-long, life-giving and faith-filled marriages.

    Covered topics include:

  • Self-knowledge
  • Communication-building skills
  • Marital expectations
  • Four types of love essential to the marriage
  • Marriage's sacramental meaning, marriage vows, and the Rite of Marriage
  • Financial assessment and planning
  • Spiritual practices for marriage and family life
  • The significance of the Mass
  • Marital sexuality, including principles from Theology of the Body and a consideration on fertility and infertility
  • How to make marriage last a lifetime through guarding, revealing, and communicating love

    Check out the Transformed in Love website for short videos, downloadable resources, and sample pages.

    Features & Benefits:

    • Credible - Meets the expectations of various church leaders, lay volunteers, and engaged couples! Over 40 highly qualified individuals contributed to the development of Transformed in Love: a bishop and judicial vicar as well as canon lawyers, theologians, psychologists, priests, deacons, religious sisters and married couples.
    • Practical - Provides couples with an understanding of the sacramental nature of marriage, practical communication and relationship skills.
    • Contemporary - Helps couples build a loving marriage amid today's cultural attitudes toward marriage and family life.
    • Easy-to-use - No training required! Transformed in Love is a comprehensive "teach-out-of-the-box" program that provides team leaders with step-by-step instructions and electronic visuals for running the program
    • Flexible - Offers a variety of teaching formats: two, four, or six session options, or a single weekend retreat
    • Pastoral - Addresses "hard topics" with pastoral sensitivity and solid catechesis.
    • Faith-filled - Assists couples to have marriages that last and will be a witness to the Gospel and life of faith.
    • Life-giving - Connects both team members and engaged couples with the faith and strengthens their relationship with the Church.
    • Catholic - Reviews Catholic teaching on marriage along with the main themes of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Pastoral letter, Marriage, Love and Life in the Divine Plan. Transformed in Love is a great tool for the New Evangelization of the next generation of marriages and families.
    • Holistic - Uses an approach to teaching marriage preparation that integrates human and spiritual formation: body, soul, intellect, and will.

    What Are People Saying about this Title?

    "For me the strongest aspect of the program is its focus on Catholic marriage. What is the Catholic theology behind marriage? What does it mean to have a sacramental marriage? How is God fully part of an interfaith marriage? Why does the Church advocate Natural Family Planning? Along with more typical and important marriage prep subjects such as communication and finances, this program is unashamed to profess the truth of what we are about."
    Rev. Mark O'Connell, JCD, Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Boston

    "Most marriage preps offer training in practical skills to maintain a marriage. Transformed in Love presents these valuable skills, but its aim is higher-transformation, not simply maintenance. The program introduces couples to the promises God makes to us through his sacrament of marriage, and to the grace he offers as we help each other to grow in holiness."
    Therese and Pete Braudis, Team Members, married 44+ years

    "Transformed in Love was undoubtedly one of the best things we did during our engagement. We came into the program looking to learn more about each other and the Catholic Church's teachings on marriage, and we came out of the program enriched, enlightened, and totally excited to be husband and wife. The beauty of Transformed in Love is that it centers on Church teaching, which allowed us to more fully understand the truth about sacramental marriage. In that context, we learned how to utilize practical tools to build a strong foundation for our marriage and our future family."
    Katie and Benjy, engaged

    Product Details:

    Binding: lay flat paperback
    Trim size: 8½" x 11"
    Pages: 352

    Keywords: Catholic-wedding-bride-groom-marriage ministry-matrimony-pre Cana-Sean Cardinal Patrick O'Malley

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