Want A Lasting Marriage? Go To College & Be Religious


The couple that prays together stays together, confirms W. Bradford Wilcox

Census statistic reported yesterday showed a rise in long-lasting marriages. Three in four couples who married after 1990 celebrated a 10-year anniversary, according to the data. That’s an increase of three percentage points compared with couples who married in the early ’80s, when the country’s divorce rate was at its highest.

This Washing Post article by Carol Morello breaks down the findings. She writes:

One reason for the increase, said demographers and sociologists who study families, is that people are marrying later in life, after they have completed their education. Not only are they more mature, but they also are more financially secure.

Morello interviewed W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. He said:

“People who are college-educated, more affluent or more religious are more likely to get married and stay married. People who are not are less likely to get married in the first place, and if they do marry, they’re more likely to divorce.”

Wilcox was interviewed by the Post in 2010 and elaborated on the unifying power of shared religious practices between a husband and wife. He told the Post:

“Praying together as a couple is something that is very intimate for people who are religious. It adds another level of closeness to a relationship.”

This interview was based on a new study Wilcox had co-authored called “The Couple That Prays Together.”

Of course, this isn’t news for members of CatholicMatch, who intuitively grasp the marital benefits of a shared faith. But it’s nice to know the research backs you up.



  1. Jen-3409 May 28, 2011 Reply

    I agree that setting a time each day to pray bonds the couples so closely. Couples who recite the rosary together, attending Holy Mass as frequent as possible, attending pilgrimages and retreats and other religious activties together are just some of things that can make a marriage last.

  2. Kathleen-311531 May 21, 2011 Reply

    Definitely agree that praying together improves intimacy and makes the marriage stronger.
    It is not just enough to be of the same faith. I truly want to share my faith and live it with my husband.

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