Maureen and Jim Otremba have been married since 1995 and both have been part-time stay-at-home parents since 1999. They have three children on earth and seven in heaven. They are frequent presenters of retreats and workshops for Priests, Parish staff, Couples, deacons and their wives, and lay ministers around the U.S. They have written several articles for the U.S. Bishops’ Website (ForYourMarriage.org), and have appeared on EWTN.
Maureen holds a Master’s in Theology from St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN) with a concentration in Scripture. She has served in faith formation, marriage preparation, university administration and pastoral care, and taught high school in both Catholic and public schools for 10 years. She is a regular contributor to The St. Cloud Visitor, and also teaches an introduction to Theology class at a local Catholic University.
They have co-authored a Catholic, catechetical pre-marriage inventory called Fully Engaged (www.getfullyengaged.com). Fully Engaged teaches our Catholic truths to engaged couples through a catechetical workbook, trained facilitators, and Catholic inventory printouts. Fully Engaged contains a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, is translated into Spanish, and is being used in many Dioceses throughout the U.S.
Jim holds a Master of Divinity from St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN) and a Master of Science in Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University. He is finishing his Doctorate in Psychology. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota and the owner of, and a therapist at, the Center for Family Counseling, Inc. (a state licensed mental health clinic in St. Cloud, MN): www.healinginchrist.com He is a regular guest on National Catholic Radio (Relevant Radio).
Together they bring their personal and professional teachings to thousands of Catholics each year throughout the U.S. through workshops, Catholic workbooks, and retreats. They are authors of several Catholic workbooks which are available on Amazon, or on this website.
What some participants have said:
“Best retreat I have been to!” – Deacon participant, married 59 years
“In only 7 hours, you have helped us a thousand times more than the 4 marriage counseling meetings we went to! Your presence here today is a gift from God. I deeply thank you for giving us tools to strengthen and improve our marriage. I have prayed for help and I know that you are part of His answer.” – Married 5 years
“…We have been married 36 years and sometimes it feels like we are just roommates. I think the foundational intimacy and a renewed focus on them could really help us improve our relationship. Thank you! Both of you [are] inspiring speakers; you can tell you live your faith well.”
What other Catholic Coordinators have said:
Their warm style, deep love and knowledge for the Catholic faith is demonstrated throughout their presentations. Through the variety of topics they present, their expertise and down to earth examples make it a wonderful learning experience for all.” – Christine Codden, Director, Office of Marriage & Family in Diocese of St. Cloud; Consultant to USCCB for Marriage and Laity; Past President of the Nat’l Assoc. of Catholic Family Life Ministers
“I was very impressed by the two retreats Jim and Maureen presented . . . The content they present is solid Catholic sacramental theology. They are excellently prepared; their presentation style is dynamic and very professional; their interaction as a couple is wonderful; their good sense of humor is refreshing; their audio-visual materials and their handouts are exceptionally well done. One participant’s comments summarize much: ‘Presenters were knowledgeable, vibrant re: faith and super communicators.’ I highly recommend Jim and Maureen as retreat facilitators.” – Father Thomas Leitner, OSB, Administrator, St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, NE