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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.
Renzo & Monica Ortega have been married 7 years in November. They have four children. Monica is a is a stay-at-home mom and substitute teacher. Renzo is a social worker and youth minister. They have been assisting the Diocese of Bridgeport in marriage prep for about 6 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 three and a half years and live with their two sons, Leo and Eli, in the Black Rock neighborhood in Bridgeport. Robby is pursuing his PhD in Classics at Fordham University and is also a Theology teacher at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull. Jess and Robby are active in their parish, St Thomas Aquinas in Fairfield, where they also serve as youth ministers. The Naydens are excited to continue to help couples prepare for their upcoming marriages.