Inter-Parish Marriage Enrichment Team
For over ten years, IMET has been coordinating resources across parish boundaries to deliver relevant and up-to-date marriage enrichment programs that strengthen marriages throughout the Joliet Diocese. With the support of our sponsor parishes, over 2,000 people have attended IMET events since 2007.
IMET invites you to join us for our 13th annual event
HOW TO BE MARRIED AND STAY ENGAGED
"Back to Back, Face to Face, & Shoulder to Shoulder"
LIVE Virtual Presentation
As we started to plan for the 2021 marriage enrichment event, we knew that most likely we will be challenged with continued concerns over the COVID pandemic. The IMET team decided that it would be best for everyone's health and safety that we hold a live virtual presentation for 2021. The IMET team is striving to produce an online event that will ...
- Deliver a high quality audio and video experience
- Provide an easy to use conferencing tool via Zoom online conferencing
- Be engaging and entertaining and provide the ability of participants to interact live with the presenter
- Offer a very personal, intimate and private experience between you and your spouse
- Provide a known expert and authority in today's marriage and family issues to present at the event
Our speaker is a familiar face in the Joliet Diocese. We are proud to announce that Dr. James Healy will be our speaker. Dr. Healy has been a loyal advocate of IMET since its beginning and is well known not only throughout the Joliet Diocese but has spoken across America on marriage. For thirty years, Dr. Healy was the director of the Office of Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Illinois. He retired from that position in 2019 but continues to speak, write, and consult on marriage and family topics.
He has spoken on marriage in over 90 dioceses, both across the United States and internationally. His marriage preparation and enrichment materials, most notably When the Cake is Gone: How to Be Married and Stay Engaged and his Living Together and Christian Commitment have been used in every diocese in the United States. Dr. Healy has contributed chapters to a number of books, and has written for such magazines as Family Perspectives, Catholic World, Liguorian, Marriage, and Deacon Digest. He is also active online through articles, blogs, and videos on various sites.
Dr. Healy was the founding president of Illinois Catholic Family Ministries, and has served as an advisor to the National Council of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Marriage and the Family. He was honored with the 2000 Family Ministry Award by the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers. He received an honorary doctorate (to go along with his earned one in Counseling Psychology) in the Humanities from Lewis University in 2019. Jim and his wife Madonna have four adult children.