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Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a positive and personal experience for a couple, which offers them a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It’s an opportunity to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It’s a time to share their feelings, their hopes, fears, frustrations, and joys.Worldwide Marriage Encounter is not a professional counseling service. It is not a retreat, nor is it a marriage clinic or sensitivity course. It is not a time to look at the past, but rather to look to your future together. The weekend is a positive, simple, common sense experience between a husband and wife that revitalizes marriage.

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Our Vocation – Marriage – could use a Retreat

Recently, the priests in our Diocese went away on “convocation” for a week. Was this a vacation or was it a retreat? it was probably both.  Does the Bishop send the priests on convocation every year because he understands their vocation of Holy Orders will be renewed?  Of course. Are the priests refreshed and rested? Yes indeed. And do Religious sisters in their communities take a yearly retreat? Yes, they do. What a great tradition!

So why don’t married couples nourish their Sacrament, their vocation with a retreat? Well, Marriage Encounter offers one. The Weekend together renews our vocation to each other. And what about attending a retreat annually? Why not?

All marriages could benefit from a yearly reminder of the important aspects of respect, love, forgiveness, and better communication. Why not attend a Marriage Encounter weekend every year or two? We call this an “anniversary weekend.” Make yours today. There is a retreat made just for YOU this November 10-12. Find a petsitter, call a grandparent, make it happen to make your marriage…your vocation a priority.

“Our marriage is fine.”

Is this the answer you give when asked “How is your marriage?” What if we told you that there is something better?

Every marriage deserves to be more than just ‘fine.’ Your marriage can be great! On Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends all over the world, couples just like you are working hard to build stronger relationships and become powerful examples of true love and commitment. You can be one of these couples too!  Sign up for one of our upcoming Weekends and come find out what God has in store for you and your spouse.

Help us help you!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is all about the couples who attend.  We wish we could hold weekends for any number of couples; however, given fixed costs and some of our hotel contractual obligations, we need to have a minimum number of couples in order to be able to responsibly make a weekend happen.

This is where you can really help us out.  In the event that we have not reached a minimum number of confirmed registrations for a weekend by three weeks out, we will have no choice but to cancel that weekend.  We understand it isn’t always possible to know that far in advance for everyone, but the more who do make the commitment more than three weeks in advance, the better the likelihood the weekend will go.

January 2017 is a prime example.  At the three week mark, we were perilously close to canceling the weekend.  On the basis of some advertising, grassroots inviting, and prayer, we called it a “go” anyway and sat on pins and needles hoping the applications would continue to come in.  This time around, we were blessed and they did.  So much so, in fact, that the weekend filled completely.  If even just a few of the 11 (!) couples who registered after the three week mark had registered just a little earlier, we could have avoided any question the weekend would have been viable.

Help us to help you.  Please sign up for your weekend more than three weeks before the date.  For your reference, the three week mark for our April 7 weekend is March 17.  Make St. Patrick proud and sign up early!

Thousands of Worldwide Marriage Encounter Couples Join with Pope Francis for a Year of Mercy Special Event at the Vatican

ROME, Sept. 22, 2016 /Standard Newswire/ — Pope Francis offered his blessings and support of Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) here during a special celebration and Mass at the Vatican earlier this month. The Papal program, which was held on September 10, 2016, was attended by over 4000 couples, 70 priests and three bishops who are part of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement, said Joe & Sue Talarico, the WWME United States Ecclesial Team who serve with Fr. Tom Ogg.

Read the rest of the story from Standard Newswire

Former WWME International Leaders at the Synod in Rome

We are excited to share that Cathy and Tony Witczak, the immediate past Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) International Ecclesial Team Couple, were invited by Pope Francis to participate as observers at the Synod of Bishops on the family, being held in Rome through Oct. 26.
Our San Diego Encounter is invited to pray for them throughout the course of the Synod, focusing specifically on 10/12 with the rest of our Region 11, as well as on 10/17 for the Synod and the USET process as well.
Read more about Cathy and Tony’s involvement at the synod at http://catholicphilly.com/2015/10/news/local-news/philadelphia-couple-joins-rome-synod-as-marriage-experts/.

The Road Less Traveled

We often say that the couples who have just made a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend are the best testimony of the impact the weekend can have on your relationship. In the case of Joe LaCombe, a Catholic writer and volunteer in Adult Faith Formation from Indianapolis, he puts so eloquently how much the weekend meant to him and his wife Kristy.

We invite you to read his reflection: The Road Less Traveled.