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Sidebar – Marriage Prep (Spanish)

Marriage Preparation is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Faith Formation.

Conocer a Nuestros Presentadores

Juan y Lucy Rodriquez llevan casados desde 1990 y tienen 2 hijos. Ellos disfrutan ir de viaje y hacer voluntariado en su parroquia. Han sido instructores de Planificación Natural de la Familia del Método Sintotérmico por mas de 15 años y han trabajado en la preparación matrimonial por varios años. También disfrutan escuchar música y recibir familiares y amigos en su hogar.

Sidebar – Marriage Prep

Marriage Preparation is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Faith Formation.Sign up for our newsletter to be notified of upcoming events and the latest news.

Additional & Post-Marriage Prep Resources

Click here for additional resources including articles, media, and links for both in-progress and post-marriage preparation.

Getting Married Outside the Diocese?

If you reside in the Diocese of Bridgeport, but you are getting married outside the diocese, please make sure you check with the priest or deacon who will witness the wedding. Some diocese require a letter from your local pastor, as well as all the paperwork showing you have completed the appropriate formation. In most cases, the Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Bridgeport must grant a Nihil Obstat (literally, “nothing hinders”) and send the required paperwork to the diocese where the marriage is taking place. Checking on these things ahead of time will save you time in the end.

Meet Our Marriage Preparation Presenters


Renzo & Monica Ortega have been married 6 years in November. They have two sons, a daughter, and are expecting a third son. Monica is a high school math teacher at Immaculate High School and enjoys coaching volleyball and softball. Renzo is a youth minister at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown. They have been assisting the Diocese of Bridgeport in marriage prep for about 5 years.


John & Lucy Rodriguez have been married since 1990 and have 2 children. They enjoy traveling and volunteering at their parish. They have been NFP teachers of the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) for many years and have also been helping in the Spanish Marriage Prep for several years. They also enjoy music and hosting gatherings for family and friends.


John & Elaine Iannarone from Monroe have been married for 37 years and have 3 children. They attended their own marriage preparation in 1981, and after realizing the importance and benefits that marriage prep provided to their own marriage have been involved as presenters in various programs since 1984. John and Elaine enjoy taking walks around the lake, spending time with their adult children, and going to dinner with friends.


Robby & Jess Nayden have been married for a year and a half and welcomed their first son in the spring of 2017. Jess works in youth ministry and Robby is a PhD student studying Classics at Fordham University. They live in the Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport and are parishioners at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield. The Naydens are excited to continue to help couples prepare for their upcoming marriages.