Engaged Couples Course Facilitator / Facilitator Couple
Manchester, NH Catholic Formation
Job Type


POSITION: Engaged Couple Course Facilitator / Facilitator Couple 

FLSA: Non-Exempt 

STATUS: Hourly 


The Bishop of Manchester is the visible principle and foundation of unity in the diocese entrusted to him. In a unique and visible way, he makes Christ’s mission present and enduring as Shepherd of the Christian Community. In order to fulfill his mission, the Bishop employs suitable, chosen collaborators (clerics, religious, or lay people). He shares with them the apostolic mission and entrusts various responsibilities to them. Each position employed in the Diocesan Administration Building helps to extend the ministry of the Bishop in particular ways as outlined in the position description. All employees of the diocesan administration assist the Bishop of Manchester in serving the parishes, schools and institutions of the Catholic Church in New Hampshire. This position is accountable to the Director of Family & Respect Life. 


Facilitator Couples will:

  1. Be part of the diocesan Engaged Couple Formation Team, a team of committed Catholic couples.
  2. Offer enriching presentations from personal experience living the Sacrament of Matrimony and Ascension Press’s Joy-Filled Marriage program.
  3. Communicate regularly with the Director of Family & Respect Life,
  4. Collaborate with other couples on the diocesan Engaged Couple Formation Team
  5. Adhere to a schedule for the engaged couple courses.
  6. Guide and support engaged couples through the marriage formation process.
  • Remote courses are offered for five weekday evenings 7:00-8:30 pm.
  • In-person courses are offered Friday evening 6:00-9:00 pm through Saturday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, including Mass.
  • Training will be offered for this position.
  • The Office of Family and Respect Life organizes these courses for the parishes of the Diocese of Manchester, in service of parish efforts to evangelize and form engaged couples for Catholic marriage and married life.
  • The position expectations would be between one and five courses per year.


1. Be intentional about providing accompaniment and words of encouragement for participating engaged couples throughout the courses.

2. Coordinate schedule and content with team members, in consultation with the Director of Family & Respect Life. 

3. On a rotational basis, offer welcoming and closing, introductory, and transitional remarks over the course of engaged couple courses.

4. Facilitate check-in and the passing out of materials needed throughout the course (in-person courses).

5. Prepare and provide informative, thought-provoking, engaging presentations derived primarily from the Joy-Filled Marriage program, incorporating anecdotes and lived experience of Christian marriage. 

6. Exercise peer accountability to ensure effectiveness of presentations and overall execution of the courses.

7. Coordinate and/or lead prayer opportunities throughout courses 

8. Communicate and consult regularly and effectively with the Director of Family & Respect Life regarding the engaged couple courses.

9. Communicate effectively regarding engaged couple courses with the Executive Assistant for the Secretariat for Catholic Formation, as needed. 

10. Participate in ongoing Catholic formation as part of the diocesan Engaged Couple Formation Team, required training, & professional development 

11. Other duties as assigned.



1. Couples married three or more years, preferred

2. Deep faith and personal commitment to the life and teachings of the Church with a desire to serve its mission. 

3. Knowledge of the Catholic Church, its mission, structures, and ministerial life and, in particular, its principles and teaching on marriage and family life and the marriage formation processes unique to the Diocese of Manchester 

4. Excellent presentation, verbal, and written skills 

5. Experience with PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, and/or other presentation software 

6. Ability to run virtual meeting software such as zoom and GoToMeeting 

7. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively 

8. Ability to interact and maintain positive relationships with clergy, religious, and laity, both within the Diocesan Administration and outside (parishes, schools, other institutions, and general public) in a knowledge and tactful manner 

9. Ability to follow written and verbal instruction with minimal errors. 

10. Must maintain confidentiality 

11. Must pass a background check, including a criminal history investigation in accordance with diocesan policy.  


1. Minimal requirement to reach at or above shoulder level; occasional reaching below shoulder level required. 

2. Manipulate equipment and controls frequently and occasionally grasp and handle some equipment.

3. Ability to travel to and from engaged couple weekend site as well as to and from the Diocesan Administration Building 

4. Ability to work weeknights, weekends and weekend evenings dependent on course format. 

5. Ability to sustain prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing, to walk, and to lift, carry, or move up to approximately 25 pounds to waist high level as needed.