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Should the Church Require a Year of Marriage Prep? Catholic Formators Weigh In

Daniel Ibanez/CNAMichael and Deanna Johnston of Tyler, Texas, hold hands during an interview.

Deanna Johnston, the director of family life for the Diocese of Tyler, said she is in favor of a longer marriage preparation, but emphasized that it cannot just be the diocese handing couples a checklist of things to do for 12 months.