Alumna Mary-Rose (Lombard) Verret and her husband will be appearing on the “At Home with Jim & Joy” show on EWTN Live at 2:00 PM EST on July 16. Verret, who earned her B.A. in English from Christendom in 2008, will be interviewed about her dynamic “Witness to Love: Marriage Prep Renewal Ministry,” which has gained nationwide success since its founding.
Founded under the guidance of Archbishop Gregory Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, “Witness to Love” is a system to help supplement diocesan marriage preparation, giving engaged couples a new means of receiving a witness of healthy marital love and family life by allowing them to choose their own sponsor couples from their parish to guide them through the preparation process.
Twenty-two dioceses are currently interested in Verret’s ministry, with four dioceses already implementing it in parishes. The greater sense of community that Verret seeks to foster through “Witness to Love” is inspired by the sense of community she witnessed at Christendom.
“The importance of community that I learned in my classes, and through the way that the professors interacted with us, enriched the liberal arts program even more,” Verret said. “I always looked for these qualities later, and when I found that many parishes were lacking in this same sense of community, I wanted to fix this.”
Verret, who served families and couples previously as a diocesan marriage and family life coordinator and director for in Virginia and Louisiana, is a Prepare-Enrich certified instructor, and is the author of Witness to Love: How to Help the Next Generation Build Marriages that Survive and Thrive, which will be released this summer through St. Benedict Press.
Verret’s, and her husband’s, appearance on the “At Home with Jim & Joy” show can be watched live on EWTN on July 16, before it re-airs on Friday, July 17 at 4:00 PM and on Sunday, July 19 at 1:00 AM. Alumni are encouraged to call in during the live broadcasting with any questions or comments, at 205-271-2980 or toll-free at 800-221-9460.
To discover more about Verret’s story, please read the latest issue of Instaurare, Christendom College’s quarterly magazine, at christendom.edu/news/instaurare.
Find out more about “Witness to Love” at www.witnesstolove.org.