Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation at the University of Notre Dame provides an opportunity for reflection and discernment on the sacramental and vocational nature of the life-long commitment of Marriage. Campus Ministry helps to fulfill the standard Marriage Preparation requirement of the Catholic Church and makes every attempt to enable couples to experience their preparation as an ongoing process and partnership with their parish and larger church community.

Couples getting married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Lady Chapel or the Log Chapel are required to complete Marriage Preparation. The Marriage Preparation Program at Notre Dame is available to current students and Sacred Heart parishioners. Couples interested in preparing for Marriage should contact Campus Ministry at least six months prior to their wedding or graduation date, whichever comes first. Since our Marriage Preparation process includes a number of face-to-face meetings, couples should take into account how any extended absences from campus (e.g., summer break, study abroad, internships, etc.) may impact the time needed to conduct our Marriage Preparation meetings.

All couples are required to select their own priest or deacon to preside at any Catholic wedding. They are also required to fulfill their priest or deacon’s preparation expectations, which can include individual meetings, counseling and retreat weekends.

Marriage preparation programs are available in dioceses outside the Notre Dame community, and priests and staff at the parishes in which a couple currently belongs will be able to provide local information and resources.

Believing that membership in a parish is one of the most important choices a newly married couple will make, Campus Ministry is committed to helping couples make connections with their local parishes. Ideally, during their early married life together a couple will be able to rely on the support of their parish’s pastoral team members who have come to know them through their marriage preparation and their participation in the community.

For more information or further assistance, please call (574) 631-7800.