FOCCUS is a self-diagnostic instrument designed to help couples learn more about themselves and their unique relationship. It is not a test nor meant as a predictor of success or failure in marriage. It is a tool to help couples name and work through issues before marriage.

FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding and Study) provides individualized couple feedback on where each partner stands regarding topic areas important to marriage. The results of the inventory point to issues or areas that may need to be addressed.

FOCCUS is designed in 3 levels:

The content for discussion in FOCCUS reflects the current body of knowledge about the elements necessary for a successful marriage. There is also content on key contemporary and specialized needs of couples: couples who cohabit before marriage, dual career marriages, interchurch and second marriages.

FOCCUS is user-friendly for both engaged couples and those helping to prepare them for marriage. FOCCUS is an inventory that does not require a highly trained professional to administer and it has minimal risk for being misused.

Some things to consider about taking FOCCUS:

  1. There is a one time fee of $35. This fee covers both of you. Do not pay twice.

  2. A unique username and password will be emailed to each of your email accounts.

  3. Each of you complete your portion of the inventory. Once both of you have completed your portion, the assessment is complete.

  4. The Office of Family Life will mail the completed report to the priest/deacon you indicated on your registration form.

  5. You have 90 days to complete the inventory from the date it was created. It will expire after 90 days and will no longer be accessible.