Marriage Mentors

The John Paul II Centre offers a Marriage Mentor program for Catholic couples across the Christchurch Diocese. Our Marriage Mentors are there to support, listen to and offer advice to other married couples who may be struggling with a particular issue. This is NOT counseling. But couples face many little challenges such as "how do you take kids to mass without pulling your hair out", "How do you raise teenagers while still looking after young children'', "How do you make time together as a couple when you have two toddlers?".

(Please see the bottom of this page for contact details of our recommended councellor if there are any major issues.)

Mr & Mrs Smith

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Holy Family Parish

Steven and Maria Sequeira

Our story is your typical boy meets girl from the same neighbourhood and parish, fell in love, married, 4 children and here we are! We’ve been married for almost 30 years and immigrated from India in 2002. The atmosphere when we walked into our first parish church here was welcoming and supportive. Life was busy with family, work, church and other commitments.

We got invited to assist preparing couples for marriage and have been involved in the beautiful ministry for almost a decade. It is a privilege to get to know so many couples and prepare them for their journey together. We find it incredibly rewarding for our own marriage as every preparation brings home to us new skills and teachings that enable us to be better spouses. Nobody is perfect, no relationship is perfect. And neither are we, or our marriage. But, we want to support each other in being the best version of ourselves with God’s grace. We are passionate about faith, marriage and family; and are grateful for every opportunity in assisting others in achieving growth in these important areas.

Cathedral Parish

Mr & Mrs Wonderful

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Stella Maris Parish

Mrs Smith

Counsellor

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