What is the Marriage Encounter?
The Marriage Encounter Weekend is designed to give married couples a chance to bond and focus on each other. The emphasis of the weekend is on communication: because, let’s face it, between work, practical concerns, children, and yes, traffic, when was the last time we were able to talk- as in new-couple, ubos-ng-load, share-your-hopes-and-dreams level kind of talk- with our spouses?
The Marriage Encounter weekend aims to help revitalize our marriage by giving us the opportunity to focus on our partner by providing us with the tools needed to have in proper meaningful communication with each other.
WHO IS IT FOR?
It’s for married couples who want a richer, fuller and happier life together. Young or old, newly married or about to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, it doesn’t really matter- everyone can benefit from a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend.
We also offer this weekend to priests, nuns, and religious who want a deeper encounter with their vocation.
WWME also accepts living-in couples provided they do not have legally existing marriages or other partners.
The weekend is not designed for same sex couples. Unfortunately we do not have the experience nor competence to address the unique needs of these relationships.
WWME is a primarily a Catholic movement, thus the foundation of the experience is rooted in its values and traditions. However, the experience is open to all faith expressions as the principles are universal and can be applied to your practice.
To address the needs of the times, the Worldwide Marriage Encounter now offers different formats available in different locations throughout the country (actually the world).
The standard format is a 3 day weekend. It begins on a Friday evening and ends Sunday Afternoon.
The compressed format begins Saturday early morning and ends Sunday afternoon.
In some areas there is a demand for a weekday “Weekend.”
These formats are live-in experience in a facility such as a retreat house, a resort, or a hotel. They provide the best experience to be away from any distractions and stay focused. Each couple have individual private rooms.
For very busy couples, we are now offering the 3RE Format. The Weekend experience is spread into 2 weekends, a total of 6 sessions of approximately 3 hours each. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings for week 1, and Friday, Saturday evening plus Sunday afternoon for week 2. This experience is a live-out weekend. You get to go home every day.
WWME now offers an online weekend format. This allows the couples more flexibility with their schedules and location. The online weekend follows either the 3-day standard weekend or the 3RE format for convenience.
A series of presentations is given by a team of couples with a Catholic priest. After each presentation, everyone is given time to talk and bond with their spouses. Instructions are given
Promise, there are no sharing groups and no need to talk to strangers. The weekend is literally just about you and your spouse. Socializing with other couples are highly discouraged during the weekend.
Absolutely. We can’t emphasize this enough, the weekend is oriented for individual couples. Apart from the talks and the shared meals, you really don’t have to see or talk to other couples. In fact, even during the breaks, we encourage you to bond with each other and not with other couples.
We do welcome couples of different faiths. You don’t have to be married in a Catholic church to attend the weekend.
Just a disclaimer, if you are a non-catholic attending the weekend, please know that the values and traditions of the Church is embedded in the program. In the movement’s more than 50 years of experience, this has never become a problem with the many non-catholics who have attended the program. The principles of a good relationship, we believe, are universal.
The weekends happen on a fairly regular basis, in areas that are pretty accessible to couples. Shoot us a message to find a schedule that works for you. You may find the schedule here.
WWME made a commitment never to deny any couple the opportunity of attending the weekend, no matter what their financial circumstance are. Therefore, there are no fixed fees. Of course there are costs to continuing the Mission which will be transparent to you. To keep the movement going, you and your spouse will be given instructions on how to donate ANONYMOUSLY at the end of the weekend. You may give any amount you feel is appropriate. We only ask that the decision comes from the heart.