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Marriage & Family

From Marriage Preparation to Natural Family Planning and Sexuality, resources for a healthy and holy relationship.

Coronavirus Update from the Office of Marriage and Family Life

In light of the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus, the Archdiocesan Marriage Preparation Conference for May 2, 2020, and the Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend Retreat for May 1-3, 2020 have been canceled. All participants have been notified and our team is working with all of the couples to provide a plan to fulfill this marriage preparation requirement.

Meetings to plan the wedding liturgy, meetings with the pastor/pastoral staff, and meetings to review the FOCCUS and other pre-marital inventories should still take place virtually, if possible.

We realize this is a heart-breaking time for so many engaged couples whose wedding plans have been significantly altered. We will pray for the peace of all the couples and those walking with them in their preparation.

Office of Marriage and Family Life

The Office for Marriage and Family Life exists to build up the Body of Christ in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by providing an authentic, Catholic vision of Sacramental Marriage as an icon of the love between Christ and His Bride, the Church. This office provides resources for Marriage preparation and support, Natural Family Planning, praying together as a family, Courage and Encourage contacts, pornagraphy help and more. 

Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation

Timeline, resources, and registration for engaged retreats for couples preparing for marriage. 


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

Convalidations and Annulments

Information on marriage blessings and annulments coming soon! 

Sacrament of Marriage Resources

Resources and Retreat for Married Couples

Worldwide Marriage Encounter's mission of renewal is to assist couples to live fully intimate and responsible relationships.

Hurting Marriages

Retrouvaille is a peer ministry, a ministry of hope for hurting marriages. The team couples, by sharing their own lives, give other couples hope. 

Jubilee Celebrations

For over 100 years, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has hosted a Jubilee Celebration for couples celebrating 25, 50+ and 60+ years of marriage. 

Pregnancy and Fertility Resources

Natural Fertility Care

The Office for Marriage and Family Life promotes Natural Family Planning as a highly effective, marriage enriching, spiritually enlightening, and moral means of understanding fertility.

Adoption Services

At Catholic Charities, we’ve been helping to create Forever Families since 1920.  Our adoption staff serves the ten counties of the Milwaukee Archdiocese (and eleven counties of the Diocese of Madison, on a case-by-case basis).

Pregnancy Help Centers

A pregnant woman, facing difficulties, is best served by committed individuals who will embrace her as part of a wider loving community, and this is what makes Parish ministry so effective and beautiful.

Women's Ministry

Information on several organizations dedicated to supporting and educating Catholic women.

Healing Resources and Support

Miscarriage Support

Life's Connections offers several services for women and families suffering the loss of child through miscarriage. Burials, mentors, miscarriage delivery aids and other resources are available. 

Post-Abortion Healing

It’s normal to grieve a pregnancy loss, including the loss of a child by abortion. It can form a hole in one’s heart, a hole so deep that sometimes it seems nothing can fill the emptiness. You are not alone.

Bereavement Ministry

Programs, support groups and resources for those who are grieving.

Separated and Divorced

Provides resources and support for those persons who are separated and divorced.

Pornography Help

Resources and support for those struggling with pornography use and addiction.

Courage and EnCourage

Resources and support for those with same sex attraction, and their families.

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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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408