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Premarital Inventory (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study)


Saturday April 18, 2020

8:45 am registration

9:00 - 3:30 training

St. Mary's Visitation Parish | 1260 Church Street | Elm Grove, WI | 53122


The need for Christ-centered, evangelistic marriage preparation is absolutely essential in our culture. That is why the Office of Marriage and Family Life is hosting an updated FOCCUS facilitators training for all priests, deacons, and married couples who are responding to the call to walk with the engaged couples of our Archdiocese as they prepare for the beautiful sacrament of marriage. This day-long workshop will help us administer this effective tool and reach a new generation of couples.

We also encourage current FOCCUS facilitator couples, as well as parish staff members who work with engaged couples, to join us to be refreshed in best practices. The culture of marriage has changed rapidly in recent years, and the FOCCUS inventory has been updated several times to accommodate the needs of our current engaged couples. Therefore, an updated training will be very helpful for current facilitator couples as well.

Please contact Emily Burds, Associate Director for the Office of Marriage and Family Life:
414.758.2213 |

Registration deadline is April 14, 2020.

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops notes that the majority of dioceses throughout the United States strongly encourage or require the use of premarital inventory as part of the marriage preparation process. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and throughout Wisconsin, the inventory used most widely is called FOCCUS — Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study.

FOCCUS is an internationally used inventory for couples preparing for marriage. It is not a test, but is rather a tool to help couples learn more about themselves and the manner in which they relate to their partner. FOCCUS and other similar inventories, can be very useful for diagnosing areas of both strength and weakness in couple communication.

In many cases, the FOCCUS inventory is administered by a FOCCUS couple: a married couple who has been trained in how to administer and score the inventory and how to discuss possible areas of of concern. In other cases, a priest, deacon, or pastoral associate would administer the inventory.

Remember, a minimum of six months preparation is required for all marriages in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Therefore, it is best to schedule your FOCCUS inventory early in your marriage preparation – preferably prior to attending an Engaged Enrichment Conference.

For more information about FOCCUS, or the particular requirements of your parish, please contact your pastor, deacon, or pastoral associate.

To find out more about FOCCUS Inc., USA please visit their website:


La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos señala que la mayoría de las diócesis alrededor de los Estados Unidos anima fuertemente o requiere el uso del inventario prematrimonial como parte del proceso de preparación matrimonial. En la Arquidiócesis de Milwaukee, y alrededor de Wisconsin, el inventario mayormente usado se llama FOCCUS – Facilitando a las parejas la comunicación abierta, la comprensión y el estudio.

FOCCUS es un inventario usado a nivel internacional para las parejas que se están preparando para el matrimonio. No es un examen, sino más bien una herramienta para ayudar a las parejas a aprender más sobre sí mismas y la manera en que se relacionan con su pareja. FOCCUS y otros inventarios similares, pueden ser muy útiles para diagnosticar las fortalezas y debilidades en la comunicación de las parejas.

En muchos casos, el inventario de FOCCUS es administrado por una pareja FOCCUS: un matrimonio que ha sido entrenado en cómo administrar y calificar el inventario y cómo discutir sobre las posibles áreas de preocupación. En otros casos, un sacerdote, diácono o asociado pastoral puede estar encargado de administrar el inventario. 

Recuerde que se requiere una preparación de al menos seis meses para todas las bodas en la Arquidiócesis de Milwaukee. Por lo tanto, lo mejor es programar su inventario de FOCCUS a inicio de su preparación matrimonial, preferiblemente antes de participar en un Retiro de Preparación Matrimonial.

Para más información sobre FOCCUS, o los requisitos particulares de su parroquia, por favor contactar a su párroco, diácono o asociado pastoral.

 Para aprender más sobre FOCCUS Inc., USA por favor visite su sitio web:

Contact Us

Mary Mueller
Director of Marriage and Family Life

Emily Burds
Associate Director

Tori Franke
Program and Events Coordinator, NFP Consultant

Merridith Frediani
Administrative Assistant


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