“I place much of my hope for the future in Marriage Encounter.”
– Pope John Paul II
Marriage Encounter is designed to give married couples a weekend together: A time to share their feelings, their hopes, disappointments, joys and frustrations… and to do so openly and honestly in a face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter with the one person they have chosen to live with for the rest of their lives. The focus is on communication between husband and wife as they spend time together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life. It’s not a retreat, a marriage clinic, a group sensitivity training, or a problem-solving weekend. it’s a unique approach aimed at revitalizing your marriage. This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together. It is a time to rediscover each other and together focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention!
Marriage Encounter is for any couple that desires a richer, fuller marriage. Since every marriage can be improved, even the best marriages can find new meaning and deeper joys through Marriage Encounter. Marriage Encounter is also for priests and religious who want to enhance their relationship with God’s people and develop an even deeper appreciation of their own vocation.
The weekend is Catholic in orientation and is expressed in the tradition and understanding of the Catholic Church. It is presented in a way that couples from all faiths have come away from the Marriage Encounter experience strengthened in their own religious beliefs. The Weekend is open to all, and space is reserved on each weekend for couples of other faiths.
A team of three couples and a priest gives a series of presentations. The weekend begins Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. and ends Sunday afternoon between 4:00-5:00 p.m. The weekend allows you and your spouse a rare opportunity to look at yourselves as individuals; to look at your marriage and your relationship to God, the Church and the world.
The weekend is oriented strictly to each individual couple. The presentations are given to the group as a whole. After each presentation the husband and wife have time in the privacy of their room for their own personal discussion. There is no group discussion.
The weekend presents each couple with the opportunity to get off the “modern world treadmill;” to stop and take a fresh look at each other, their marriage and their priorities. The weekend teaches a communication technique that permits each couple to explore important areas of their relationship in a spirit of love and understanding. By continuing the newly acquired technique begun on the weekend, husbands and wives continually grow closer together to live more joyful and purposeful lives.
A $50.00 (non-refundable) registration fee ensures your registration. The weekend is supported by your donations on the Sunday of the weekend. Each couple is given a blank envelope and asked to make a contribution. No one is ever denied the opportunity to experience a Marriage Encounter Weekend because of lack of funds.