Meet our Marriage Preparation presenters!


John & Elaine Iannarone from Monroe have been married for 35 years and have 3 children. They attended their own marriage preparation in 1981, and after realizing the importance and benefits that marriage prep provided to their own marriage have been involved as presenters in various programs since 1984. John and Elaine enjoy taking walks around the lake, spending time with their adult children, and going to dinner with friends.

Jess & Robby Nayden have been married for a year and a half and welcomed their first son in the spring of 2017. Jess works in youth ministry and Robby is a PhD student studying Classics at Fordham University. They live in the Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport and are parishioners at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield. The Naydens are excited to continue to help couples prepare for their upcoming marriages.

Renzo & Monica Ortega have been married 5 years in October. They have two sons and a daughter. Monica is a high school math teacher at Immaculate High School and enjoys coaching volleyball and softball. Renzo is a graduate student studying theology, coaches basketball at Immaculate High School, and is a youth minister at St. Joseph Church in Danbury. They have been assisting the Diocese of Bridgeport in marriage prep for about 4 years.

Lucy & John have been married for 27 years and have 2 children. They enjoy traveling and volunteering at their parish. They have been NFP teachers of the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) for many years and have also been helping in the Spanish Marriage Prep for over 12 years. They also enjoy music and hosting gatherings for family and friends.

Mike & Annie have been married for five years and live in Norwalk with their son Liam. As a family they enjoy traveling, the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. They have been presenting the marriage prep program since 2015.

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