PALM BEACH GARDENS - The Diocese of Palm Beach’s Marriage Bootcamp Program is a 12-week program led by Deacon Louie Romero and his wife, Leona, that is turning hearts and changing lives one couple at a time.
Originally from New Mexico, the Romeros came to Florida as part of a career plan, but once here, the ministry of the permanent diaconate called. The couple of deep faith began the Marriage Bootcamp program as a parish ministry at St. Andrew in Stuart three years ago, around the same time that Louie was ordained a deacon. The Romeros had facilitated a similar program at a protestant ministry for nearly a decade but found that some basic structural modifications helped tailor the program to Catholic couples. The couple continues to tweak and update the curriculum now, even as they see the tremendous results of it in action nearly every day.
Sessions lasting an hour and a half are held once a week for 12 weeks. The Romeros meet with small groups of couples (six to 10 couples at most) to cover areas of every relationship that are vital to its success. There are lessons and discussion on a host of areas including, but not limited to: prayer, relationship with God, defense mechanisms, codependency, communication, unmet needs, anger, conflict resolution, (un)forgiveness, God’s divine order, intimacy, and of course, love. While the lessons take place in a group format, there is time for couples to discuss each area and aspect of their relationship with one another, homework to do during the week, and additional time set aside for one-on-one sessions with the Romeros, if necessary. Attendance at each session is mandatory because, as the Romeros admitted, “Commitment is key…not only to the class, but to the marriage.”
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