Navigating your Choices

We get it. For many couples, scheduling is crazy and distance can
make taking a class together difficult. That is why leaders in the
Diocese of Erie work to offer several options for learning NFP: in
person, online, and hybrid (a mix of in-person and online meetings).

Seminar Schedule, July-Dec 2018

St. Marys:
September 9, October 7, November 4, 6:00-8:00 pm
Method: Sympto-thermal, diocesan accreditation
In person or online at Sacred Heart Parish Center
Contact Cathy & Andy Dornisch, St. Marys, (814) 512-0818

October 5, November 2, November 30, 7:00-9:00 pm
Method: Sympto-thermal, diocesan accreditation
In person at the instructor’s home
Contact Mike & Annette Ahrens, Erie (814) 392-5271 

By appointment:
Jeff & Linda Burch, Erie
Kathryn Elenchin, BSN, Coudersport
Barb & Ed Burkett, Corry
Megan & Jordan Hoover, DuBois
Sheri Lang, DuBois
Paul & Gretchen Lorei, Erie
Miguel & Xhonane Olivas, Clarion
Contact information below in next section, "NFP Instructors and Methods".

Why contact an instructor?
  • Postpone pregnancy
  • Achieve pregnancy
  • Learn more about a specific NFP method before taking a class
  • Answer questions about a chart
  • Obtain charts, thermometers, or other resources after taking a class
Informal medical consultation only: Dr. Gloria Zibilich, (814) 558-6322

NFP Instructors and Methods

NFP teachers are certified in the following methods which are based on the science of the woman’s body.

Couples marked with an * offer an online option, and couples marked with a also text.

Creighton Model FertilityCare—uses mucus signs exclusively.
Sheri Lang,*ꝉ DuBois:; (814) 590-7803

Family of the Americas—uses mucus signs exclusively.
Peter & Mary Burkett,* Meadville, (814) 232-0521

Sympto-Thermal Method—combines two primary signs: mucus and basal body temperature
Mike & Annette Ahrens, Erie, (814) 392-5271
Dan & Nelsa Armour, Grove City, (724) 967-4420
Jeff & Linda Burch, Erie, (814) 250-0822
Ed & Barb Burkett, Corry, (814) 337-7302
Cathy & Andy Dornisch, St. Marys, * (814) 512-0818
Steve & Monica Dvoranchik, *
Paul & Gretchen Lorei, Erie, (814) 881-5121
Miguel & Xhonane Olivas, Clarion, * (814) 229-6271, Spanish available

Marquette Model—combines mucus signs and fertility monitor
Kathryn Elenchin,* Coudersport:
Megan & Jordan Hoover,*ꝉ DuBois, (814) 591-7681

Learning NFP: All Your Options

Go Local: Learn from trained and local teachers at an in-person seminar by choosing an option in the section above, "NFP Instructors and Methods".

In-Diocese, online: Sympto-thermal, Marquette, and Creighton Model FertilityCare method NFP is offered online or in hybrid classes by trained dteachers who live in the Diocese of Erie. Contact a diocesan teacher or reference the seminar schedule above to find a date and option that works for your schedule. 

National, online: Learn Creighton Model FertilityCare in a distance learning environment from Erin Donley at or Karli Malloy at Learn the sympto-thermal method with Couple to Couple League. Explore live onsite, live online, and self-paced online classes at


Q:There are so many options! How do I choose a method or instructor? 

A: Check out our page designed to help you begin thinking through choosing a method. Then, call or email Kate (814-824-1259) or Cathy (814-512-0818) and they would be happy to talk you through the similarities and differences of each method offered in our diocese to help you find a good fit. 

Q: No class schedule seems to fit mine and my fiance's schedule. I feel awkward asking for evening or Saturday classes. What should I do?
A: Our teachers who have listed themselves by appointment are happy to work with couples and have listed themselves by appointment on purpose: so that they can be available to those who are unable to make scheduled class times. They are always happy to get a call or text from someone who is interested. Even if they are unable to accomodate your schedule immediately, they will be able to refer you to Cathy, Kate, or another teacher who can meet your needs. 

Q: If I'm married or engaged, do both of us need to attend?
A: Fertility is shared! Learning about a woman's cycle and a couple's shared fertility is most effective when both are able to attend. However, it is not mandatory.