“The future of the Church is being built in the Hearts & Homes of today’s Marriages & Families. We believe we all must do EVERYTHING we can to support them!”

                                                                                                                                       Lorrie & Don


Lorrie & Don Gramer

Founders, MarriageBuilding USA, Catholic Marriage-Building Specialists

A dynamic, innovative and effective way to create on-going relational and spiritual support for…

  • Dating Individuals & Couples
  • Engaged and Newly Married Couples
  • Early Married Couples
  • Convalidating & Remarriage Couples
  • Struggling couples
  • Military Couples
  • Widows and Widowers
  • Parish MarriageBuilding Ministry Teams

A two-day training/formation that covers Marriage as Spiritual Discipline; Marriage as Spiritual Practice; and Marriage as Spiritual Mission.

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What does a MarriageBuilding Parish look like? It BUILDS parish leaders. It CREATES a MarriageBuilding Culture. It STRENGTHENS those already married and invites the entire parish to be part of the PREPARATION of couple for Sacramental Marriage. It readily makes CARE available for Military Marriages, Marriages in Crisis, and for spouses after the loss of their loved one. It REBUILDS hurting families in the need of HEALING following Divorce. It CHALLENGES our Singles and FORMS our Youth with the true meaning of Sacramental Marriage and OFFERS support while discerning marriage.  And, it inspires all through WORSHIP and PRAYER with MarriageBuilding Sundays and more. MarriageBuilding USA has the experience and ideas to make you a MarriageBuilding Parish.

Welcome To MarriageBuilding USA!

What if intensify our efforts, one Parish/Cluster at a time, to Heal Hearts, Renew Marriages, Challenge Singles, Strengthen Families and Evangelize Parishes, all under the Mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe? We can call it…

MarriageBuilding Marathon!

What if we start by taking the Message of the Gospel, illuminating it by the witness of dynamic marriage evangelists who are rising up amongst us, add spirited music and moving technology, and invite Married Couples, Singles, and the Clergy by the bus loads (or at least the car loads) to join us for two-evenings of praise, passion and possibilities? We call it


and believe these two-evenings can change lives and set folks on fire to share God’s love and care, one marriage at a time? That’ll make them  “Marriage Angels!” And we have follow-up training and formation to empower them to give on-going relational and spiritual support to the variety of couples and individuals who could benefit the most, and maybe, just maybe, we can start a…

 MarriageBuilding Revolution!

“Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion. They say that it is not worth making a lifelong commitment, making a definitive decision, ‘forever’, because we do not know what tomorrow will bring. I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries.” 

Pope Francis’ address to World Youth Day Volunteers, Brazil (July 28, 2013)

We can take these life-changing messages of Hope, Reconciliation, Restoration and Mission to our parishes, our neighborhoods and our homes, to open hearts, strengthen marriages and families, and make a reality of ourselves as…

A MarriageBuilding Church!!


Our Lady of Guadalupe, cause of Hope & Unity, lead us in  REVOLUTION of Marriage-Building — that we build “holy houses” — in our hearts, our heads and our homes!



“Marriage Building, grounded in solid Church Teaching, is Needed more than Ever. I am Grateful for this Effort to Reach out and Pastorally support Married Couples as they Faithfully serve God and, through the Grace of Christ, foster a Faith- filled ‘Domestic Church.'”

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Archdiocese of Louisville, KY,  President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Past Chair, Bishops Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Advisory Council for MarriageBuilding USA


“St. Francis set out to Renew the Church…it’s still the work before us today, but when we knelt before the cross of San Damiano in Assisi, the Lord reminded us that now it’s Marriages and Families that are in the need of rebuilding. It is this rebuilding that will bring renewal to the Church today!”

Don & Lorrie Gramer after attending the first World Meeting of Families in 1994

The Cross of San Damiano is a part of the MarriageBuilding USA logo as a reminder of the challenge before us today to “build and rebuild” the Church in the lives of marriages and families.

Parish MARRIAGECARE for Couples in Crisis

Equipping Priests, Deacons, Pastoral Ministers, and competent married couples to provide confidential guidance and faith-filled support for couples to work through the difficulties impacting their marriage.

MARY'S MANTLE, a Parish Ministry for Brides & Grooms

Parish MARRIAGECARE for Couples in Crisis

Evangelizing Families & Households--Consecration to Sacred Heart & Immaculate Heart

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