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About the Presenters

Maureen is the Pastoral Minister at Sacred Heart Parish in Sauk Rapids, MN. She holds a Master’s in Theology from St. John’s University and has an extensive background in teaching youth and adult faith formation.

Jim holds a Master of Divinity from St. John’s University and a Master of Science in Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota. He is the owner of the Center for Family Counseling, Inc. where he provides counseling. He also works as a Catholic coach at:

They have been married since 1995 and served on the three-year task force for St. Cloud Bishop John Kinney’s pastoral letter, Marriage in Christ: The Sacrament of Faithful, Lifelong Love (1999). Over the last decade, they have presented many workshops and retreats for couples, deacons and their wives, and ministers. They have both been part-time stay-at-home parents since 1999.

Maureen and Jim are the primary authors of “Fully Engaged,” a Catholic Catechetical pre-marriage inventory and formation program for Catholic engaged couples. Officially launched in January of 2010, Fully Engaged is currently being used in many states around the nation, and has been translated into Spanish. Read more about this program at:

Maureen and Jim have written materials for The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website:, The St. Cloud Diocese (Fully Engaged), as well as other publications. They are both blessed to be part-time stay-at-home parents since 1999.

They are dynamic speakers who use high energy and humor to engage their listeners. They have addressed Catholic and ecumenical groups (ordained and lay) and have presented at the National, Diocesan, and local level.