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About Marriage Encounter

The focus of Worldwide Marriage Encounter is on communication between husband and wife. It is an opportunity to spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life and to concentrate on each other as a couple. It’s not a retreat, nor a marriage clinic, nor group sensitivity. It’s a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian Marriage. This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together. To rediscover each other, and together, focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention! Rediscover the spark that was there on your wedding day! Rediscover the best friend you had when you were first married! Join the millions of couples worldwide who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive!

What is Marriage Encounter?

A “Marriage Encounter” is a weekend away from home, family and responsibilities where in a comfortable, secluded environment a couple is guided in the discovery of new techniques of communicating and sharing with one another.

It is not a retreat, but it is a program designed to give couples the opportunity to examine their lives together, their weaknesses and strong points, their attitudes toward each other and toward their families.

Couples are given the opportunity to look at themselves, privately with their partner in an honest, face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter.

Who is it for?

Marriage Encounter is for any couple who loves each other and wants to continue living together in the vows they made at their wedding.

Marriage Encounter is for any couple who desires a richer, fuller marriage. Since every marriage can be improved, even the best marriages can find new meaning and deepened joys through the weekend.

Is the Marriage Encounter for all faiths?

Yes, however the Encounter is conducted in the framework of Christianity and is expressed in the traditions and understanding of the Catholic Church.

What happens on an encounter?

Sessions are held Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.  At each session, presentations or informal talks are given by a team of  Catholic couples and a priest.  The purpose of each presentation is to inspire the couples making the Encounter to become aware of their own feelings about various aspects of their marriage.

The second step – expressing these feelings to each other – is achieved through a technique taught during the weekend, called dialogue. All dialogue sessions between couples are always conducted privately, and away from the group. The weekend is orderly, informative and structured to present a new technique of communication to couples in as interesting and understandable fashion as possible.

What it is not!

The Marriage Encounter is not a marriage clinic, or a sensitivity group.

It in no way attempts to solve any problems. Couples do not disclose their problems to the group or lead couples for discussion or criticism.

It is NOT a group oriented weekend.

If you are under the care of a psychiatrist or psychologist, you may not want to attend at this time.

Is there any age limit?

No, couples who have been married for only a few months and couples married over forty years have attended. They have found the weekend a rich and rewarding experience in their marriages.

What does a weekend cost?

A tax-deductible, non-refundable application fee is required to request a reservation. In addition, a blank envelope contribution is taken on the weekend; Marriage Encounter is entirely self-supporting. No one, however, is refused the opportunity to make a Marriage Encounter weekend because of a lack of funds.

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