About Us

Marriage and Family Support Auckland is an agency of Patrick Dunn, the Bishop of Auckland. We are affiliated with the Catholic Network of Marriage Educators (CNME), a nationwide organisation that represents the interests of the marriage educator volunteers of the six dioceses of New Zealand.

The Marriage Preparation Team

We are a team of priests and married couples that help prepare annually 300 couples for the sacrament of marriage. Every fortnight, 12-14 couples begin their marriage preparation with the Commit Communication Inventory. They then continue to complete a 12 hour course, Evenings for Engaged or Love is a Decision led by married couple; with the session on sacrament led by a priest.

Bio-SandraSandra Armstrong

Sandra works as coordinator. She is married to John and they are celebrating 40 years of marriage this year. Sandra has been involved in marriage preparation since 1997.

Maria Pais

Maria Close UpMaria Pais grew up in Zambia, England and New Zealand. She has been involved in Youth Ministry for over fifteen years. She is halfway through completing a Masters in Theology; specialising in Marriage and Family at John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family (Melbourne).

Maria also works as an Optometrist and to relax she enjoys cardio kickboxing!