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Marriage Training Weekend

May 18, 2018 - May 20, 2018

The Marriage Training Weekend is held every two years to form and encourage those involved in Marriage Education in the Catholic Church

Dr Byron and Francine Pirola powerpoint

Here is a PDF version of the slides of the Pirola presentation: Pirola Presentation MTW PDF

Yvonne and Brian Pauling powerpoint

For a copy of the PDF of the Pauling powerpoint please contact Mike Stopforth at mstopforth@chch.catholic.org.nz

The organising team

Fr Simon Eccleton, Jacinta Stopforth, Janeen Kan, Steven Sequeira, Simon Roughan, Therese Roughan, Steven Everingham, Mike Stopforth, David Kan

Our Keynote Speakers:

Byron and Francine Pirola

Byron and Francine are Directors of the Marriage Resource Centre and are recognised leaders in marriage education, with a particular emphasis on understanding its sacramental nature in the Catholic faith.  They have five children and a wealth of down-to-earth practical experience in the daily realities of marriage, relationships, family life and parenting.

Married since 1988, they are founders and directors of the marriage enrichment seminar SmartLoving Marriage (formerly Celebrate Love) which has been operating in Australia since 1990, and more recently in the UK, NZ and Asia. They are also authors of the multi-media marriage preparation course SmartLoving Engaged (formerly Embrace) which is used for Catholic marriage preparation in dioceses across several English speaking countries.

They chair the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council, an advisory council of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and  Francine is a former member of the Executive of the Catholic Society for Marriage Education. They are former past Presidents of the Australian Council of Natural Family Planning and have represented the Australian Catholic Bishops at meetings of the Pontifical Council of the Family.  They are regular keynote speakers at Marriage Conferences, both in Australia and overseas.

Yvonne and Brian Pauling



Yvonne is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Workshop Presenter with over 25 years of experience of working with couples.  Her passion is to help couples to rediscover, rebuild and restore their relationships.


Brian is  a certified Imago Educator with a long career in education and media.  His teaching experience spans 35 years of secondary, tertiary and adult education.

They have been presenting the  Getting the Love You Want workshops for over ten years and have used the Imago tools to transform their own relationship.

‘With their warmth, humour and personal sharing they create a safe, respectful environment for others taking the journey.’  – Workshop participant


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May 18, 2018
May 20, 2018


Chatau on the Park
189 Deans Ave
Christchurch, 8011 New Zealand


Mike Stopforth, Director, Bishop’s Pastoral Office
03 366 9869