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In 1981 the pastor of the Christian Community of St. Patrick in Cedar Falls, Iowa, requested one of the associate pastors to meet with several married couples in the parish and put together a process for marriage preparation within the parish community. Working closely l with the parish staff of the Christian Community of St. Patrick, the associate pastor and four (later reduced to three because one couple moved away) married couples began to meet regularly over a period of fifteen months. Together they constructed a marriage preparation program which included six months of preparation before marriage and twelve months of support after the couples were married. This core group (three married couples and the parish priest) began their first pilot program in January 1983, and ten couples preparing for marriage took part in the process. The second core group (four married couples and the parish priest) began the second Sponsor Couple Process in September 1983, and at present have seven engaged couples and one married couple participating in the process. The core group is already gearing up for the third Sponsor Couple Process which is scheduled to begin this September 1984; there are already eight engaged couples signed up for the third process.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Robert L. Frank


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