ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service
This agency comes under the Episcopal Commission for Pastoral Care
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ACCORD, the Catholic marriage care service, aims to promote a deeper understanding of Christian marriage. In 2012 ACCORD celebrates 50 years of service to couples seeking to nourish marriage and family relationships. We are Ireland’s leading nationwide agency supporting marriage and relationships through our 60 locations, North and South.
Our aim is to help couples prepare for, achieve and sustain their marriage and family relationships, to offer ongoing relationship support and assist them in times of difficulty or crisis.
ACCORD Marriage Care (formerly CMAC) was established in Ireland in the early 1960s and expanded to become a nationwide service. Our personnel are selected for their unique qualities of warmth and care, and also for their experience in the day-to-day living of their own couple relationships. Our counsellors and facilitators are trained to the highest professional standard and offer this service on a largely voluntary basis. ACCORD has acquired particular expertise in couple counselling and maintains a programme of assessment and continuous improvement to ensure that a first class service is always offered to our clients.
ACCORD services are available to all who need them, regardless of denomination, race, creed or ability to pay. Clients are requested to make a contribution towards our services where they can afford to do so.
ACCORD, through its 40+ years of service, has acquired particular expertise in couple counselling and maintains a programme of assessment and continuous improvement to ensure that a first class service is always offered to our clients.
Marriage preparation programmes are offered to more than 13,000 individuals each year. ACCORD endeavours through its programme “Marriage – A Journey Not a Destination” to offer couples skills in communication, conflict management and other relevant areas to aid their transition into their marriage, and provide them with ongoing positive and constructive capacity to deal with the challenges they encounter.