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Free workshop to help couples communicate better

The Diocese of East Anglia is offering a free half-day session on the Smart Loving Breakthrough programme, which aims to help couples improve the way they communicate with each other.

Marriage and Family Life Co-ordinator, Dr Bonnie Lander Johnson, said: “Most marriages can, after a few years, begin to be weighed down by petty squabbles and the busyness of life. These minor tensions can then sometimes escalate into full blown conflict or ‘gridlock’.

“The Breakthrough workshop is not about resolving disputes. Instead it helps participants to understand the dynamic of their relationship and the emotional needs that are driving their arguments, so that they can resolve their internal distress. Then, they are in a better space to address the relationship conflicts with confidence and calm.

“The Breakthrough workshop is authoritative and well-researched, but it is also very practical. It is informed by the Catholic personalism of John Paul II, which offers married couples a truly divine image through which to understand the promises we make to each other in our marriage vows.

“This half-day programme will cost nothing and asks just half a day of your time, but I am sure it will prove rewarding in so many ways for the future of your marriage and family life,” said Bonnie. 

The programme draws on relationship psychology and the Theology of the Body. It is both scientific and fully Catholic.

It will take place from 10am to 1pm on Saturday September 14 at Our Lady Immaculate and St Etheldreda’s, Newmarket.

Tea and coffee will be provided and the day is free of charge.

To register as an individual or couple, please email:

The Breakthrough progamme is also available online: