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Marriage Preparation Resources Resource Team

If you have questions about For Better & For Ever and/or getting ready for marriage. You are welcome to ask us questions by e-mail and phone.   You may also check for LOCAL SUPPORT couples who might be closer to you.

 Robert A. Ruhnke, C.Ss.R., D.Min./San Antonio TX

Director: Marriage Preparation Resources / Author: For Better and For Ever.

A Catholic priest who has spent most of my professional life helping couples prepare for marriage. You are welcome to email me questions you may have about preparing for marriage. I provide training for Sponsor Couples. I am available for consultation for clergy & marriage educators. My CURRICULUM VITA & BIO    
To email me - click >Contact Rob  Phone (210) 534-1129 Address:1617 Iowa Street,San Antonio,TX 78203, U.S.A. [ TEST AREAFORM 1 - Evaluation of marriage prep by petitioner seeking annulment.  FORM 2 - Evaluation of marriage preparation by engaged couple.  FORM 3 - Feedback from newly weds.  FORM 4 - Feedback from sp cps.   FORM 5 - Survey Form for parishes of the diocese. ]


Joseph Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, NJ

August 5, 1973: professed vows as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists).  June 1, 1978: ordination to priesthood. June 1979 – July 1984: associate pastor, Holy Redeemer Parish, Detroit MI;  Official in the metropolitan tribunal (1980-90).  July 1984 – July 1990: pastor, Holy Redeemer, Detroit MI. July 1990 – October 1991: pastor, St. Alphonsus, Chicago IL. Canon Law Society of America, member since 1985.  Responsibilities in the Redemptorist Congregation: 1991-1997: General Consultor (Rome).  1997-2009: Superior General (Rome) October 9, 2010: ordination to episcopate. October 18, 2012: named by Pope Benedict XVI as Archbishop of Indianapolis. December 2016: Pope Francis named Joseph Cardinal Tobin as the sixth Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.

Member of Marriage Preparation Resources "Resource Team" since 2015. Phone: 317-236-1403

John Mungham and Jocelyne Lajoie / Calgary, Alberta, Canada

John and Jocelyne are both social workers by profession who became members of For Better and For Ever Editorial Team in 1998 and helped establish the program in Canada.

Certified Directors of Training Workshops for Sponsor Couples. Call us for assistance.

Directors of Videos/DVD for Training Sponsor Couples & Setting up Sponsor Couple Program in churches.

To email us….Click >>John & Jocelyne


Deacon Chuck and Carolyn Lamar / Frisco CO.

Involved in the ministry of marriage preparation since 1975.

Members of For Better and For Ever Editorial Team since 1986.

Certified Directors of Training Workshops for Sponsor Couples.

To Email us…click > Chuck & Carolyn

Telephone (970) 668-0887 or (970) 389-5990. Leave a message, we will get back to you.

Address: P.O. Box 5012, Frisco CO 80443, U.S.A.

Victor & Liz Bolanos / San Antonio TX

Members of the For Better and For Ever Resource Team since 2010.

Coordinators of the Training of Sponsor Couples in the San Antonio area.

Coordinate the For Better and For Ever program in their parish, St. Anthony of Padua.

To email us…click > contact Victor & Liz



John and Sharon Harry / Sugar Land TX

Certified Directors of Training Workshops for Sponsor Couples.

Helped design the Engaged Encounter weekend in Houston TX in 1974.

Helped with the development of For Better and For Ever.

To email us….Click >>John and Sharon Harry



ChapmansTodd & Christa Chapman / Houston TX

Certified Directors of Training Workshops for Sponsor Couples. Consultants to Resource Team.

Todd and Christa were sponsored by John & Sharon Harry.

They are one of key couples helping promote the use of For Better and For Ever in the Houston area.

To email us….Click >>Todd & Christa Chapman


Tony and Heidi Battle, Bandera TX.

Members of the For Better and For Ever Resource Team since 2008.

Married 2003 and have a daughter, Jessi, and a son, Lake.  They participated in the For Better & For Ever program to prepare for their marriage and were married by Father Rob Ruhnke.

They have begun to sponsor couples in their area and look forward to the opportunity to help other couples in their new journey.

Tony is the South Texas Division Manager for Byrne Construction Services-Tony is now running the Byrne South Texas office which includes overseeing 15+ million dollar projects.  He is very involved in the Accounting and Human Resources departments for his office.  Tony also is a member of  many organizations in Construction and serves on the Board as the youngest board member of the American General Contractors Association.  The AGC is also working on defining what boards and committees should look like and how to optimally run a Nonprofit organization.

To email us…click > contact Tony & Heidi


Rev. Richard Mevissen, C.SS.R. / Oconomowoc WI

A Catholic priest who has recently become a member of the Resource Team.

“Mev’s” specific responsibility at this time is to serve as the Auditor.

He has been involved in family ministry all his professional life, i.e., engaged couples, married couples, divorced & widowed, GLBT Catholics .

To email Mev…click > contact “Mev”



Maria T. Flores, CCVI, Ph.D. / San Antonio TX

Member the For Better and For Ever Resource Team since 2011.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.

Approved Clinical Supervisor for AAMFT, LMFT and LPC Psychotherapist in the State of Texas Dr. Flores is the Director of the Marriage and Family Institute of San Antonio. Her specific responsibility on the Resource Team is as a Consultant.

How to connect with Maria… >



Dr. Mary and Jerry Velasquez / Austin TX

Consultants to Resource Team.

Mary is Associate Dean for Research & Professor

Mary has lead efforts to provide the evidence based research validating the effectiveness of For Better and For Ever.

To email them….Click >>Dr. Mary and Jerry Velasquez



Mike and Terrie Brophy / Sugar Land TX

Consultants to Resource Team.

They are an InterChurch couple and both them were previously married, so they bring those insights to our Team.

In addition, they have experience of going through the Catholic Church annulment process (in dealing with previous marriages).

They also have lived the experience of establishing a Stepfamily  when they married.

To email them….Click >>Mike and Terrie Brophy

Charley and Michelle Matt / San Antonio TX

Consultants to Resource Team.

Charley and Michelle Matt were married in 2010 and have been involved with For Better and For Ever marriage preparation ministry ever since.  They both had prior marriages and went through the annulment process together.  They have twin sons and a daughter.

Michelle has been a flight attendant with Southwest Airlines since 1988.  Nowadays she spends more time taking care of their daughter, working in Charley’s office and volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for neglected and abused children.

Charley has been a financial advisor with his own firm, Moss & Matt, since 1993.  He earned M.A. & S.T.B. degrees in theology from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) which he uses to assist the Archdiocese of San Antonio in liturgical formation and as an adjunct instructor.

Together they lead the Sponsor Couple ministry at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in San Antonio where Michelle is a Eucharistic Minister and Charley is a cantor.

To email them….Click >> Charley & Michelle Matt 

Deacon Mike & Cathy Portele / San Antonio TX

Mike and Cathy are responsible for marriage preparation at St. Francis of Assisi parish in San Antonio.


To email them....Click >> Deacon Mike & Cathy Portele



GladysGladys Farek / Houston TX

Gladys Farek processes the orders for us.

If you need assistance with placing an order, contact her by email > Contact Gladys


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