Family and Respect Life Contact:
Colleen Gerke ext. 2624
Bonnie Mack ext. 2623
Mary Anne Boyd ext. 2620
Louise Davis ext. 2621
Linda Niehaus ext. 2653
Marriages in which the partners do not share the same religious persuasion and affiliation are canonically considered “mixed” marriages, or ecumenical marriages. If the couple is a Catholic (Christian) and non-Christian (e.g. Jewish, Hindu, Muslim), the marriage is considered interfaith. Normally, Catholic/Protestant couples are referred to as interchurch couples. Mixed marriages also include marriages in which the non-Catholic party has no religious persuasion. We know that ecumenical families are not identical; their lifestyles and faith choices are varied. Some families choose a single faith identity, other families work hard to include both traditions in their religious lifestyle. Whatever the choices in your family, the Family Life Office works hard to provide you with support and resources.
Listed below are some resources for ecumenical couples/families:
Please call your local Family Life Office for further information.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION FOR ECUMENICAL COUPLES:
It is recommended that the parish minister preparing the engaged couple spend time exploring the influence and impact of the differing faith traditions on their future life together. Experience shows there are a number of areas that should be explored: