Empowering People
Fostering Relationships
Caring for Couples facing the
Challenges of Christian Marriage
This is the work of ACCORD
In today’s world


ACCORD is an agency of the Catholic Church providing a nationwide service to couples preparing for or seeking a deeper commitment within the sacrament of marriage.

ACCORD is committed to providing a quality service. Personnel, coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, are appropriately trained.

ACCORD responds to the challenges facing Christian marriage today and affirms its value in an ever-changing world. It empowers couples to explore and reflect on:

  • the essential elements of their marriage.
  • the purpose and value of their choices within a committed relationship.

ACCORD serves the pastoral needs of couples at different stages in their relationship.
Preparation for marriage in a Christian context focuses on the essential components which foster a good couple relationship:

  • lifelong commitment.
  • communication and conflict resolution skills
  • responsible parenthood within a faith context.
  • time and resource management.

Ongoing support throughout marriage facilitates:

  • the development of strategies for the emotional, spiritual and psychological well-being of couples.
  • reflection on the Christian experience of love, commitment and family life.
Relationship counselling is provided for couples as well as individuals in a couple relationship in a caring and confidential manner. It is a twofold process enabling clients to identify and acknowledge difficulties in their relationship and to discover the inner resources to deal with them.
Armagh Branch: 1 Tavanagh Avenue,
Portadown, Co Armagh, BT62 3AJ
Tel (028) 3833 4781
Chairperson: Edward Lavery
Chaplain: Rev Seán Larkin

Drogheda Branch: “Verona”, Cross Lane,
Drogheda, Co Louth
Tel (041) 984 3860 Fax (041) 983 1215
E-mail [email protected]
Chairperson: Rhona Kelly
Chaplain: Very Rev Martin Kenny,PP

Dundalk Branch: St Patrick’s, Roden Place,
Dundalk, Co Louth
Tel (042) 933 1731
Chairperson: Mary McDonnell
Chaplain: Very Rev Pádraig Keenan