Welcome To MarriageBuilding USA!

What if we set out, one Diocese at a time, to Heal Hearts, Renew Marriages, Challenge Singles, Strengthen Families and Evangelize Parishes, all under the Mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe?

A MarriageBuilding Revolution?

What if we took the Message of the Gospel, illuminated it by the Witness of the best Marriage Evangelists in the Country in both English and Spanish, incorporated dynamic Music Ministries, added State of the art Technology, well produced Publicity Materials,  and invited Married Couples, Singles, and even Clergy, by the bus loads?

A “MarriageBuilding” Revolution? 

What if they experienced Life-changing Messages of Hope, Reconciliation, Restoration and Mission through powerful Heart-Opening Words that Build Marriage and Family Missionaries for Christ and we called it a  MarriageBuilding Movement?  It would be…

A “MarriageBuilding REVOLUTION!!”

“Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion……..I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries”

Pope Francis               

 

The world is in need of the witness and action of committed love…found in the way marriages are lived out, in the way parents teach and love their children, in the way we all are witnesses to something greater than ourselves!  A couple’s daily “yes” to each other, even when it is difficult to say, bears much fruit in the world…in our homes, in our parishes, in our Church.

Pope Benedict XVI called marriage 

“a Gospel in itself, a Good News for the world of today…The union of a man and a woman, their becoming ‘one flesh’ in charity, in fruitful and indissoluble love, is a sign that speaks of God with a force and an eloquence.”

 

MBUSA will help organize a MarriageBuilding Revolution right in your own diocese and parishes!!  Together we can restore God’s Plan for Marriage and Family in the most intimate places we live…our hearts, our homes, our Church.  

HOW?  By offering events  and conferences, and guiding diocese and parishes through a proven strategy that transforms leadership, evangelizes the laity and raises us MarriageBuilding champions in the Church. 

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?  We don’t just offer events, we engage couples and mobilize parishes.  We encourage empowering the laity through evangelization and a plan of action that  leads into and will continue to form and support couples and families beyond any single event. We are an English and Spanish speaking Team who can offer all we have to offer in both languages.  And, we are prepared to lead a Children’s Ministry at events to evangelize the kids too.

WHAT DO WE HAVE TO OFFER?

  • DYNAMIC EVENTS including:
    • A National MARRIAGEBUILDING CRUSADE/CRUZADA  to radically evangelize couples, singles and clergy with a “Little Crusade” for the kids (now scheduling dates for 2015);
    • A “DOMESTIC CHURCH CONFERENCE” that will bring the Heart of the Church into the Heart of the Home (beginning in March 2015 in Diocese of Kalamazoo; and
    • The “REBUILD After Divorce” CONFERENCE (first started in San Diego, March 2014);
  • POWERFUL SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES for couples like “PASSIONa Retreat (or Parish Mission) for Marriage ; and To Strengthen & To Sanctify: A Marriage Day of Recollection; 

     

    • DIOCESAN CONSULTATION AND A Pastoral Strategy to Achieve Success in Becoming MarriageBuilding Parishes/Church and implementing the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage;
    • CLERGY & Parish Staff DAYS to provide knowledge, enthusiasm and practical implementation to be a MarriageBuilding Parish…and all the benefits found in raising up MarriageBuilding Missionaries for Christ;
    • MATERIALS (in English and Spanish) and Process to CONSECRATE HOMES to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary;
    • INNOVATIVE RESOURCES and Creative Ideas to MarriageBuild in Homes and in Parishes;
    • MARRIAGECARE Training and Consulting…an effort to make resources and prayer readily available to Couples in crisis in every Parish;
    • PATHWAYS TO THE SACRAMENTS, a plan of action that invites those in irregular marriages to find the path back to the Sacraments;
    • TRAINING “Boot Camps” both in person and on-line learning for Parish MarriageBuilding Leaders;
    • CHILDREN’S MINISTRY LEADERS and MATERIALS to accompany our events.
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    • DIOCESAN CONSULTATION AND A Pastoral Strategy to Achieve Success in Becoming MarriageBuilding Parishes/Church and implementing the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage;
    • CLERGY & Parish Staff DAYS to provide knowledge, enthusiasm and practical implementation to be a MarriageBuilding Parish…and all the benefits found in raising up MarriageBuilding Missionaries for Christ;
    • MATERIALS (in English and Spanish) and Process to CONSECRATE HOMES to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary;
    • INNOVATIVE RESOURCES and Creative Ideas to MarriageBuild in Homes and in Parishes;
    • MARRIAGECARE Training and Consulting…an effort to make resources and prayer readily available to Couples in crisis in every Parish;
    • PATHWAYS TO THE SACRAMENTS, a plan of action that invites those in irregular marriages to find the path back to the Sacraments;
    • TRAINING “Boot Camps” both in person and on-line learning for Parish MarriageBuilding Leaders;
    • CHILDREN’S MINISTRY LEADERS and MATERIALS to accompany our events…
  • DIOCESAN CONSULTATION and a Pastoral Strategy to Achieve Success in Becoming MarriageBuilding Parishes/Church and implementing the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage;
  • CLERGY &/or Parish Staff DAYS to provide knowledge, enthusiasm and practical implementation to be a MarriageBuilding Parish…and all the benefits found in raising up MarriageBuilding Missionaries for Christ;
  • MATERIALS (in English and Spanish) and Process to CONSECRATE HOMES to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary;
  • INNOVATIVE RESOURCES and Creative Ideas to MarriageBuild in Homes and in Parishes;
  • MARRIAGECARE Training and Consulting…an effort to make resources and prayer readily available to Couples in crisis in every Parish;
  • PATHWAYS TO THE SACRAMENTS, a plan of action that invites those in irregular marriages to find the path back to the Sacraments;
  • TRAINING “Boot Camps” both in person and on-line learning for Parish MarriageBuilding Leaders;
  • CHILDREN’S MINISTRY LEADERS and MATERIALS to accompany our events.

 

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Guadalupe 2imagesOur Lady of Guadalupe, catalyst for Hope and Unity, Lead us in this MarriageBuilding REVOLUTION to Make of our Homes a  “Holy House” for your Son, Jesus Christ.

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francis-20130619cnsbr0740-cns-photo-240-214x300“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.” Address to World Youth Day Volunteers, Brazil (July 28, 2013)

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 A NOTE FROM ARCHBISHOP KURTZ…

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

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 With, In &Through Sacramental Marriage     We can Renew the Family and the Church! Please God, change the world through us!”

Lorrie & Don Gramer, Directors MarriageBuilding USA

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“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, and this rebuilding, it will bring renewal to the Church” (Don & Lorrie Gramer after attending the first World Meeting of Families in 1994).  That’s why the Cross of San Damiano is a part of the MarriageBuilding USA logo.