Aussie love grows

Following a successful debut in London, an Australian couple, Byron and Francine Pirola, are looking to "export" their "Celebrate Love" program for couples based on Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body.

According to Celebate Love's media release, the London seminar in May - the first to be conducted outside Australia - was supported in prayer by fellow couples from across Australia.

Sally Lavis, a former participant, were co-ordinating the prayer campaign. She recruited "prayer couples" to "pray intensively" for each of the 31 couples who were embarking on the seminar.

"Celebrate Love has had a powerful impact on our marriage" said Ms Lavis. "When we experienced the seminar shortly after our fifth child was born, we were exhausted and disillusioned with our marriage.

"We were really struggling with the demands of our young family. Celebrate Love gave us the opportunity to focus on each other and rediscover why we decided to marry in the first place. ... The seminar gave us an opportunity to reconnect with the magic of our love".

According to the media release, the program involves two intensive days of presentations and self-directed exercises.

Co-author Byron Pirola compares the program to getting back to the gym - it can be a bit tough at first but you really feel so much better for it. Topics covered include gender differences, intimacy and couple spirituality.

Two former participants from the London program have been trained to run future seminars there. Over the next year, further seminars will be held and organisers are confident that other European countries will also take up the program.

Closer to home, plans are also underway to introduce the seminars to New Zealand.

Australia's Latest Export (Celebrate Love 4/7/06)

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5 Jul 2006