Family Life Ministry


Pre-marital Inventory

A pre-marital inventory is not currently required in the Archdiocese of Boston, but it is recommended.  It is not a part of the programs listed on the marriage preparation program schedule.

It is generally completed at the parish level with the priest, deacon or trained facilitator. The inventory is done separately (either hard copy or online) and then you meet with a facilitator to review responses.

If you would like to take a pre-marital inventory, or are getting married in a diocese in which it is required, please speak to your local priest or the priest overseeing your preparation to find a facilitator near you. Another option could be to complete the inventory online and then meet with a facilitator. Some of these inventories list facilitators on their websites.

There are many different inventories, however, we are familiar with those listed below. Please check with the priest or deacon overseeing your preparation to decide which option would be best for you as a couple.

1. Fully Engaged
Fully Engaged is a Catholic catechetical premarital inventory designed to help engaged couples solidify the foundation upon which they, together with Christ, will build their Sacrament of Marriage.  Grounded in Church teaching and loaded with catechetical content, this dynamic premarital inventory is a trustworthy guide that meets the real challenges today’s couples face.

2. Prepare-Enrich
The PREPARE/ENRICH Assessment is an online survey that you take with your partner to help you identify the unique strengths and potential growth areas of your premarital or married relationship. It is a sophisticated instrument that must be interpreted by a trained facilitator, counselor or your certified pastor or priest.

FOCCUS is an internationally used inventory designed to provide engaged couples and  those working with them a personalized profile of what is needed in their marriage preparation process. It is both a starting place for couple discussion and a map of what issues need time and attention, affirmation or problem solving.