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.
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/.
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.
The winners are Alice and Dale Rockey from Hemingford, Nebraska, married 81 years!
I’m a Certified Holistic Health Counselor, which is basically a nutritionist who gets to talk about more than food. While a nutritionist gives their clients lists of foods to eat and not eat, I get to coach clients on lifestyle, relationship and spiritual growth to be naturally healthy. I think it will come as no surprise that everyone knows to drink water, eat fruits and veggies and exercise. So then why are some people overweight and unhealthy? People do not lack the knowledge. Rather, the answer is that they lack the tools and support to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. That’s where I come in as a health coach- I give people the tools and support that they need. For instance, if you set a health goal for yourself, wouldn’t it be helpful if someone checked in with you every two weeks, gave you concrete tasks and listened to you as a means of support? We could all use a Health Coach, right?
In much the same way, we need a “Coach” to maintain healthy marriages today. Marriage Encounter provides the tools and support we need to thrive as a ” healthy couple.” Most couples have the knowledge to make it….we should love our spouse through good and bad times, we should spend quality time together, go on the occasional date and talk about things other than taking out the garbage. What we lack, again like the healthy lifestyle, are the tools and support to maintain it.
When Kris and I were encountered in 2008, we looked like a very healthy, married couple. We had two small children and a strong bond. We went out on dates every other Monday. However, we knew that our communication was often strained and that when we waited too long to discuss a topic, it could grow into a potential argument or fight.
Marriage Encounter immediately acted as the “health coach” for our relationship. So what tools and support did we need? Marriage Encounter provided a tool for daily communication and the support of a faith zone or prayer community that is vital to the maintenance of a healthy marriage. After making the weekend, we learned exactly how to continue on our own at home to maintain healthy communication, loving touch, relationship building and our couple power. These tools and support counteract the damaging messages that our pop culture disciminates, such as materialism and sex without intimacy. We use what we learned on our weekend and practice it daily. Marriage Encounter allows Kris and me to live our best married life.