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Marriage and Family Life Contact:

Dan Thimons
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100 East Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-3131 voice
(513) 421-1582 fax

Dan Thimons  x 2621
Teresa Kaltenbach, Admin. Asst. x 2653

Noreen Wendeln
1436 Needmore Rd.
Dayton OH 45414
(937) 222-0227 voice
(937) 279-9482 fax

Marriage Preparation

Congratulations on your engagement!  Please know that our prayers are with you for a strong, fruitful, and lasting marriage.  Begin taking steps for a joy-filled marriage as soon as you are engaged.

Steps for a joy-filled marriage preparation:

  1. As soon as possible after your engagement, contact your parish and set up a meeting with a priest or deacon.  He will walk you through the following steps to assist you in preparing for a life-long and joy-filled marriage…
  2. Complete one of the following marriage preparation inventories and participate in follow up:
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    2. Fully Engaged
  3. Complete at least one of the following formational programs (check with your parish for their requirements before registering):
    1. Pre Cana
    2. Cana II (for widows, widowers, and those receiving an annulment)ruah-woods-logo800x800-300x300
    3. Ruah Woods (God’s Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage & Living a Joy-Filled Marriage)
    4. Engaged Encounter
    5. Parish Based Program
  4. Complete a course in Natural Family Planning through one of the following NFP providers:
    1. Couple to Couple Leaguecouple-to-couple-league-logo
    2. Creighton Model
    3. Billings Ovulation Method
  5. Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  6. Pray as a couple daily
  7. Participate in on-going events for married couples at your parishes or neighboring parishes.  Engage in marriage enrichment practices.

If you have questions, please call our office at 513-421-3131, ext. 2621 or email


Call Teresa Kaltenbach at 513-421-3131 ext. 2653