What is Worldwide Marriage Encounter?

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.

Who is Worldwide Marriage Encounter for?  Worldwide Marriage Encounter is for any couple who wants to enrich their marriage. The weekend is designed to expand and deepen the joys a couple shares together whether they’ve been married for a short time or for many years. Worldwide Marriage Encounter is also for priests and religious who want to revitalize their relationship with the people of God and develop an even deeper appreciation for their own vocation.

Why would priests or other religious attend?  The Marriage Encounter Weekend is designed in such a way that both priests and religious can participate fully. The principles of love, commitment and effective communication translate quite readily to the relationship between a priest and his parish or any group to whom he ministers as well as to a religious community.  Priests who have made an Encounter weekend call the experience “life enhancing.”  If you are a Catholic priest Worldwide Marriage Encounter invites you to attend.  Please take advantage of our networking process by which we can help you get a replacement for the weekend you choose to attend.

Do you have to be Catholic?  The weekend is presented by three Catholic couples and a priest. It is Catholic in its theology of marriage as a Sacrament of the Church and is obedient to the Magisterium.  Couples of all faiths can benefit from it and are encouraged to attend. Worldwide Marriage Encounter is open to all happily married couples regardless of faith, race, age, education, or financial status.

What happens at a Worldwide Marriage Encounter?  An atmosphere is created on the weekend in which the couple can concentrate exclusively on one another. A series of talks are given by a team of trained couples and a priest. The talks give a husband and wife the opportunity to look at themselves as individuals and to look at their relationship with each other, with God, and with others. Worldwide Marriage Encounter starts with the love you have for your spouse and helps you to build, expand, and deepen that relationship. The Weekend shows you the way to do this and provides you with the means – the rest is up to you!

Does the Weekend respect the couple’s privacy?  Yes!  Worldwide Marriage Encounter emphasizes communication between husband and wife through a weekend experience, which is free of the everyday distractions and tensions. You concentrate on your spouse to such an extent that you are hardly aware of the other couples who are on the weekend. The presentations are given to the group as a whole. After each presentation, the husband and wife have time in the privacy of their own room for their own personal sharing using the communication technique they are learning on the weekend. There is no group discussion.

How does a Worldwide Marriage Encounter enhance a marriage?  The fundamental difference between marriages that are good, average, or poor is the level of communication between husband and wife. For those with good communication, it’s a chance to deepen it, and for those whose communication has faded, it’s a chance to begin again. In all marriages, there are times when we take each other and our relationship for granted.

The Weekend presents each couple with the opportunity to stop and take a fresh look at their relationship, marriage, and priorities. Couples learn a communication technique which allows and encourages them to explore the important areas of their life together in a spirit of love and understanding. The Weekend Experience offers every couple the insights, the tools, and the confidence to enrich their marriage and to strengthen their love for one another. For many couples, “Their Weekend” is one of the most significant experiences of their lives.

When and where are Weekends held?  Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are held periodically at local hotels. Registration several months in advance of when you want to attend may be advisable. The weekend begins on Friday evening at 8:00 and ends Sunday afternoon at 4:30, after Mass. Meals are provided on the weekend.

What does Worldwide Marriage Encounter cost?   A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required when your application is submitted.   At the end of the weekend, each couple is asked to make a voluntary donation to cover the cost of their weekend.   However, no one is ever refused the opportunity to make a Weekend because of financial ability.

What does WWME mean by “marriage” and “couple”?  WWME is faithful to the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching that marriage is a covenant that exists between one man and one woman.  Any reference to marriage or couple made by WWME is in this context.