Updated: Apr 1, 2019
3 couples, 3 marriages, and 1 vision for something more.
Hi, We're the Kents, the Gilberts, and the Uebbings.
We saw a need for marriage ministry done differently, and the Vows Project is a response to that need.
We want to tell you a little bit about ourselves. . .
Cassie and Mike Kent
Mike and Cassie Kent met 15 years ago at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Shortly after hanging out together for the first time, Mike confessed to a friend, “Cassie is way too crazy to date”, but somewhere along the way in their friendship that changed in a big way (God’s plans are always better and He knows what we truly need, even if it comes with a side of crazy McCrazy), they didn’t date long before they were engaged and then soon married after graduation and the rest is now history. They have now been married 11 years, have 3 kiddos, 2 babies in heaven and a brand spanking new puppy.
Some things they LOVE to do together include: period film dramas and shows, whiskey cocktails, traveling and experiencing new adventures, camping and doing ministry together.
One of their biggest lessons learned? Dying to self is real, but it's not a lessening or diminishing of oneself, but rather a stepping into the fullness of who you are and the vocation you were meant to live. It's in the choosing of the other and dying to self, that one becomes with every action a little less a single person and even more a married one. The journey of one flesh started on our wedding day, but it is in choosing it everyday that we become even more joined together.
The most joyful thing about their married life to date has to be seeing for themselves how truly real it is that Jesus speaks and works through your spouse specifically to refine you and love you deeply.
Elizabeth and Chris Gilbert
Chris and Elizabeth met 15 years ago while both home from college for the summer. They got to know each other through mutual friends and bonded over their love of traveling, playing sports, the Dave Matthews Band and Jesus. They fell in love through writing letters to each other during college and started dating in the fall of 2004 and were married in the spring of 2006. They’ve been married 13 years and have 4 children and 1 in heaven. They work together as consultants for a health and wellness company and live in their hometown of Charlottesville, Va.
They journeyed to the Catholic Church together, Elizabeth converting and Chris reverting. Their faith bloomed through their time at Franciscan University where Chris earned his MA in Theology.
Some things they LOVE to do together include: Taking roadtrips, skiing, hiking, reading and frequenting Virginia’s many wineries.
One of their biggest lessons learned from life together? Having to work hard to love each other in the bad times as well as the good. It’s easy to love when things are good. It takes consistent effort to love during the bad times. They went searching for help during their bad times and have had a passion to build up marriages ever since. The most joyful thing about married life to date has been witnessing their children’s faith blossom.
Jenny and Dave Uebbing
Dave and Jenny met in a bar (sneakily set up by mutual friends) and got engaged 8 months later. They both graduated from Franciscan University (5 years apart) worked for FOCUS (3 years apart) and for Catholic News Agency (5 years apart). Now they’re doing life in synch and finding it much more efficient. Dave works for the Archdiocese of Denver and Jenny works for EWTN. They’ll celebrate 10 years of marriage this fall by adding a 6th baby to their Denver crew.
They’re blessed to live in close relationship with the Servants of Christ Jesus, a religious community with a special love for married couples and families. They think every couple deserves to have that same level of deep community and unflagging support.
Their spirituality as a couple looks like daily silent and vocal prayer, together and individually, making time for adoration and praise and worship, and helping one another make a yearly retreat.
In their spare time they enjoy reading silently side by side in bed, perfecting new cocktail recipes, and sighing deeply and contentedly while making eye contact every night at 9 pm when the house is finally quiet. They are not the outdoorsy couple in this group.