- National - International
Deacon Formation Weekend
Our Deacons deserve
our love and support as they represent the Sacrament of Matrimony
and are ordained ministers in the Catholic Church. These special
couples can also be one of our best advocates in our local parishes.
Area WWME Cabin Experience
Had Something for Everyone
Canoe Races, Pie Eating,
Free throw shooting, campfires and more! Young and old alike had
a great time at the annual camping experience.
Us Out to the Ball Game
way is there to have fun and advertise our favorite ministry than
at a baseball game?
Celebrates 40 years with CPR - CORRECTION
apology for misquoting the author of the great article written about
the 2008 WWME Convention. Rosie Stock, please forgive us.
Great Community August 2007
Malvern, Pennsylvania Image Group
circle was created almost 20 years ago, and they continue to reach
out to welcome new members and start new groups.
Great Community July 2007
Another Great Community Story
WWME love spanning
from Erie, Pennsylvania to Tecumseh, Michigan.
Great Community June 2007
This is a community
where the needs and interests of all are put above those of individuals.
Where they offer their challenges to God, and request His guidance
in all needs.
PA WWME Couple Recognized for Making a Difference
the award stated the couple concluded by specifically crediting
WWME as the reason they are happy and successful in all of their
projects. Without the love and understanding support of one another,
they could not do all that they do.
Florida Annual Spring Fling 2007
building community and raising funds what a great way for WWME families
to spend time together.
Len Stegman Honored
Fr. Stegman was
honored as he celebrated his 90th Birthday, and the 64th Anniversary
of his Ordination.
on Sacramental Love
from around the states of Kansas and Wyoming gathered for a deeper
look at the spiritual dimension of married love based on “The
Theology of the Body.”
Great Community May 2007
A New York Spanish
Speaking Area says; “To share our community with you fills
us with a feeling of joy.”
Memory of Monsignor Bob Contant
In memory of “Father
Bob”, as he was known to those close to him in Northern Indiana,
who served WWME until the mid-1990’s. I'm sure Fr. Bob is
looking down upon us with a loving smile.
The Joliet Area
WWME website (Section 7 – Illinois) issued a challenge to
all of the Communities within the area to see how many couples each
Community would get to commit to dialoguing for 90 straight days.
Read about the results.
Great Community March 2007
words from the famous song only begin to express the love the WWME
Community extends to the couples and priests in their area. "Oklahoma,
ev'ry night my honey lamb and I sit alone and talk and watch a hawk
makin' lazy circles in the sky."
I Told You Lately That I Love You?”
16, 2006, Fr. Greg Boisvert died of complications from treatment
for lymphoma. We have lost a great supporter on earth, but we know
he continues to cheer all of us on as we continue in our quest of
Great Community February 2007
San Diego Community takes the award this month for how they combine
their fun activities and their support of the Weekend.
Tribute to Fr. Bob McDonald, S.M.
Read about the life
of "Fr. Mac", a true missionary in his life, and a tireless
servant of the Lord in our movement.
13’s Annual Enrichment - The Called & Gifted Workshop
priests from Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho gathered for a
workshop to help us begin discerning our spiritual gifts and how
we might better allow God to work through us.
Great Community January 2007
in the Phoenix Area is not all from the sun. There are also some
red hot passionate lovers adding their glow to Arizona.
Great Community December 2006
a WWME sharing group community in Bolingbrook, IL, has been meeting
monthly since 1986. Read how they use the FAMIS theme to enhance
Holy Spirit is Alive in the San Bernardino, CA Community
is building after the area’s fourth full Weekend. Read about
how their Community is supports their Weekend greet-off.
Great Community November 2006
is in full bloom in Central Florida. 21 Share Groups, seven Weekends
per year, one-day enrichments, and even a cruise to bring the “world”
into Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
Area Day of Romance
left the day with so much to think about. We never realized there
was so much involved in God's true plan for us and the world! We
had taken so much for granted. This was one of those enrichments
that will stay with you the rest of your life.”
1 Enrichment 2006
Section 1 lovers were challenged to look at new material to help
them with their relationships and to be more active in their Local
Visit with Ogdensburg, NY Bishop Robert J. Cunningham
personally know your bishop, remind him of the gift of WWME in his
diocese. If you do not know your bishop please contact you Local
Area Leaders and/or Section Coordinators to offer your help in setting
up a meeting with the bishop in your diocese.
Circle at Sea
To add some motion to
the emotions shared in the Sharing Circle this group went to sea.
Great Community October 2006
our area Rochester/WNY. It includes the Dioceses of Rochester &
Buffalo.” “We think that one of the main reasons this
area has been strong for all these years are the couples that have
been involved for many years. They are scattered throughout the
community and they help keep the momentum and enthusiasm going.”
If you are looking for
a WWME Community event either to attend or to plan for your local
Community maybe you could consider what the Oakland County Zone
in Michigan is planning.
2006 WWME Campout
A fun time was had by
all at the annual WWME Campout in Massachusetts.
Couples Attend Section 9 Convention in Kansas City
inspiration; hope: do these words still apply to Christ’s
followers today? To find the answer, more than 120 couples and priests
from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming traveled to The Savior
Pastoral Center in Kansas City on the weekend of August 4-6 for
the Section 9 Marriage Encounter Convention.
Great Community, September 2006
The Aurora Marriage
Encounter community boasts that “Besides spreading the WWME
message, the Aurora Community truly makes an effort to plan extra
special events that will bring our community together and deepen
our faith and witness to an ever loving God who has given us all
that we have.”
Community on Fire!!
WWME beats reality
television with its own version of REAL LIFE in sharing the “Great
Community Search”. Read about the dynamic flames of Marriage
Encounter in Detroit, Michigan.
in the Pines
What better way
to escape from the summer heat than to go to the mountains to share
family dialogue and review the gifts each of us bring to our family.
16 Continues to Spread the Dream to New Places
Section 16 includes
the Bahamas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Eastern
New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, Vermont and the Virgin Islands. Our Hispanic
brothers and sisters do not allow the geographic vastness slow down
their efforts to take the Weekend to more and more people.
the “World” in Worldwide Marriage Encounter
What better place
than a Section Convention to reach out as a family to another WWME
Secretariat. Section 11 used this opportunity to do a fund raiser
for their family in Pan-Africa.
Kansas City shares
a Community Activity. If you are in the neighborhood drop in, I
am sure you will be welcome. If you are not in the neighborhood
maybe you would like to use their idea in your Local Area.
Go to Oso
Where is Oso? What is
Oso? Seattle WWME knows Oso. Do you want to know Oso?
Jersey Community Enrichment Weekend
Your Relationship a Priority – You Have the Tools" was
the theme for South Jersey enrichment that included, skits, movie
clips, power point presentations, and song.
Very Special Home Mass
It is not everyday
that you have a holy mass celebrated at your home. This mass is
even more special.
Area Celebrates Annual Lovers' Ball
theme was "Romance". Dancing, dining, WWME lovers, and
CHOCOLATE desert - how much more could you ask for?
Family Gets New Home From Extreme Makeover, Home Edition
A news item seems
to take on new meaning when it includes someone you know or associate
with. This event hit home with several of our WWME Texas family.
Recently a “Baltimore
Beacon” grew a little brighter as Milt & Rosemarie Wiley
reached 1000 days of CONTINUOUS DAILY DIALOGUE and are still going
strong! As you will see, this is only one way that they live out
the radical lifestyle of a committed WWME couple.
gift of marriage is a gift of love that benefits all
article by Archbishop Alex J. Brunett was published in the February
9, 2006 The Catholic Northwest Progress, a weekly publication serving
the Catholic community in Western Washington. The article introduced
the archbishop’s pastoral letter, The Gift of Marriage A Union
Most Sacred, in support of the Sacrament of Matrimony. The pastoral
letter names Worldwide Marriage Encounter as being a movement that
provides a profound recognition of the sacredness of marriage.
the Flame Alive
article that highlights Worldwide Marriage Encounter and World Marriage
Day was published in the February 9, 2006 The Catholic Northwest
Progress, a weekly publication serving the Catholic community in
Western Washington State.
Marriage Encounter Targets Memphis Area
The following article
was submitted to The West Tennessee Catholic and published in total
in their January 26, 2006 edition.
13 Gathers for "Earthen Vessels" Enrichment
offers a dialogue technique that goes beyond feelings into needs
Leonard Wood Military Weekend
Scheduled for January 27-29, 2006
WWME places ads
in newspapers reaching out to military couples in Missouri and Illinois.
weeks have passed and our ME families continue the long trek back
Encounter Thank You From Slidell, LA
“James and I were
so extremely excited to have pillows!!” “With these
most precious gifts, you made this house a "home", you
gave us the gift of rest so we could be renewed each day, and you
gave us a renewal of oneness and unity in our marriage.”
Were Storm Clouds in the Sky, But Love in the Air
San Diego's sixteen
presenting couples and six presenting priests were all sharing the
dream on the weekend of October 14-16, 2005.
How we use our time
is usually a big decision. The next time you are trying to decide
if you have time to donate for some Marriage Encounter activity
- being a prayer couple, attending a Share Group/Love Circle, or
supporting an enrichment - please consider the Big Decision shared
in this letter.
You From Slidell, LA
It is so
easy in our daily busy-ness to forget that part of our WWME family
is still dealing with unimaginable life altering situations. Please
remember to continue to offer your prayers and donations to support
those recovering from the natural disasters in the South.
Tribute to Fr. Tony Diacetis
The Lord has
called home another of our loving priests who gave so freely and
completely to serve God's people.
from Section 11
Section 11 is in Arizona,
Southern California, Southern Nevada, and Utah. These are just some
of their activities and plans.
John Dickie Retires
Fr. John may be
retiring from parish responsibilities but plans to continue with
Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
Are your Weekend
banners showing signs of aging? Have you updated your Weekend banners
and want to share your designs? Please send your designs to
Our Journey as Albany Area Leaders
If we want
to fill our Weekends maybe we need to pay heed to the new Albany
Area Leaders request for our Passion, Perseverance and Perspiration.
and Changing in WWME
The San Jose,
California area prepares to select new leadership.
Chili In The Air in San Diego
Section 11 is looking
for your prize chili recipe.
Us In: A Day
Add some old friends,
some old convention talks, a few dialogues and sharings and you
have a day to remember.
NY Area Leaders "On A Mission From God"
The Mission is possible!
Change the world, one couple at a time.
NY Area Lovers' Ball
Community honors a couple
for their love and dedication to the WWME Community.
NY Area News
Long Island schedules a 38
couple Weekend, the largest in 18 years.
11 Inviting Challenge a Success
couples for your Weekends? How about some good old-fashioned competition
to boost the numbers?
Dream Come True - Alaska, One Year Later
The first Weekend
in Alaska in over four years was offered in May 2004. See how that
ember has burst into a flame to brighten the Northern Lights.
10&10 at a B&B
Looking for a new
way to bring couples to your Weekend? The answer may be in the venue
where the Weekend is presented.
Not Afraid - Reviving the Weekend in Tucson
Sometimes when things
seem the bleakest for a Local Encounter we are reminded that it
is God's Weekend and that nothing is impossible for God.
the Way Together
Maine's Early Marriage Encounter Apostles
A tribute to a very
special couple that nurtured the Marriage Encounter movement in
its early days.
Hispanic Weekend in Miami
2005, Miami had its first ME weekend in Spanish.
Lovers Celebrate World Marriage Day
Day is as good an excuse as any for WWME couples to turn a school
cafeteria into a romantic party.
VA. Couples Celebrate World Marriage Day
attended the 15th Annual World Marriage Day at Saint Elizabeth Ann
Section XVI leadership
shares how they carry information from the National Secretariat
meetings back to their local community.
Sunday Night Couples
call from the WWME Mission Statement is to provide ongoing community
support to couples and priests to live an intimate and responsible
lifestyle. How are you doing in your Community?
Commitment - Celebrating Valentine's Day For a Lifetime
In honor of
World Marriage Day, readers in Maine's local newsletter respond
to a question about the meaning on lifelong commitment.
Yearning for Arkansas Pays Off
include moving back to the home state of Arkansas and, with the
Grace of God, making sure WWME would be there.
9 New Leadership
Section 9 (Colorado,
Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming) selects new Leadership.
WWME Community Annual Campout
This event brings families
together for a weekend of fun, friendly competition, good food,
Me Out To the Ball Game
South Jersey Encountered
families enjoyed America's National Pastime together, and advertised
Worldwide Marriage Encounter at the same time.
Years of Priesthood and a Quarter-Century of Presenting Weekends
helps celebrate the dedication and love of one of their favorite
Couple chosen Alaska Parents of the Year 2004
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
is not the only ones to recognize and benefit from a couple's love
awareness raised in Anchorage, Alaska
grocery carts and WWME in a Fourth of July parade benefits many.
Leadership in Section 12
Section 12 includes Hawaii,
Guam, Saipan and Okinawa along with portions of California and Nevada.
Less than one year after
moving to Alaska, one enthusiastic couple made good on a challenge
to recruit a Weekend in Anchorage. The last Weekend in Alaska was
four years ago.
Joe Testagrossa Called Home
Please pray for
Fr. Joe Testagrossa, who passed away May 7, 2004.
Jim Galvin Called Home
Please pray for
the repose of the soul of Fr. James Galvin
3 Coordinating Couple
Section 3's new
Leadership Couple have been excited about the Weekend since their
first Encounter in 1978.
10 Presenting Team Enrichment
During the past months
all Weekend presenting couples and priests across the United States
have been attending, in their local Sections, a Presenting Team
Enrichment and Weekend Outline review. Read this Texas-sized sharing
of enthusiasm and commitment offered by John & Ann Arnold following
Leadership in Section 5
Section 5 has new
Section Leadership. The couple have been dancing and romancing from
when they first met.
Braden Leaves Hospital
Braden of Section 10 is welcomed by the Section 10 Board as he prepares
to be released from the hospital.
New Section 2 Leadership
Mike & Mary
Gibbons & Fr. Emile Frische were recently selected as the executive
team for Section 2, which is the state of New York. Learn
a bit about them and their hopes and dreams for our movement.
of Salvation Mass Televised in Springfield, MA
The Massachusetts WWME
Community participated in the broadcast of a televised Mass. This
was a great opportunity not only to promote the Weekend, but to
bring Community couples and familes together for fun and worship.
good marriages better
I (Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz) journeyed to Gatlinburg, TN along with
35 married couples for the experience of a lifetime. Over a 48-hour
period I witnessed and took part in an experience filled with God's
grace and a lot of hard work by the participating couples. Good
marriages were on the road to becoming even better.
You to My Parents
Ray and Marisa Mackin have given me the foundation of what a relationship
is suppose to be; love, respect and a lot of hard work. They also
have given me the gift of the Marriage Encounter community.
6 & 7 Convention 2004 Announcement
of the 2003 DeKalb National convention, plus information on registration
for the 2004 Convention sponsored by Sections 6 & 7. Hurry!
There are special bonuses for everyone who registers before September
13 Campout Board Meeting Report
every-other-year Section 13 combines one of their quarterly Board
Meetings with a family campout in the beauty of the Great Northwest.
The community supports this by with childcare and meal preparations.
Warm Lake, Idaho was the setting for the August 2003 meeting.
a Rite of Passage
Join us in celebrating
an exciting step in the life of our National office assistant for
Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
Good Morning America about WWME
What a golden opportunity
to share how WWME has improved your marriage with the television
audience of Good Morning America.
of New WWME U.S. Secretariat Team
On Saturday, February
17, 2007 in Houston Texas, the Holy Spirit graced the Selection
Process with openness and wisdom as the US Board selected our new
US Secretariat Team.
Was Priest, Bishop, Decorated Military Officer, Episcopal Moderator,
Leader, & Lover
One of WWME’s
great leaders and lovers, Bishop Jack Kaising, received his last
earthly assignment on January 13, 2007.
Great Honor Bestowed Upon WWME Couple
honor of Knight and Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
of Jerusalem has been bestowed upon WWME’s Legal Advisors.
all Calendar Guys & Gals
It is time to
submit your photos for the 2008 WWME Calendar. Who would not want
to be shown in the WWME calendar when the theme is PASSION?
of Franciscan International Award to WWME
the Franciscan International Award, our National Leadership spoke
volumes about themselves, their values and the values of WWME to
renew the church and change the world through supporting the Sacraments
of Matrimony and Holy Orders.
Receives 2006 Franciscan International Award
Encounter receives outstanding praise and recognition for their
ministry to the Sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders. This article
is formatted so it can be downloaded and used as a press release
that can be forwarded for publication in your local daily and Catholic
Calendar pictures requested by January 1, 2006
Get out the trusty
digital camera and send your entries for the 2007 calendar so your
Community will be represented in the next WWME Calendar.
Chuck Kosanke to be Conferred as Monsignor
the National WWME Family in offering special prayers and blessings
for our National Executive Team Priest as he is conferred to the
office of Monsignor.
Circle Wood, LLC is pleased to announce a License Agreement with
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
This company offers
beautiful hand-crafted pieces made in part from discarded pallets.
Read about the history of the company and see photos of some samples
of their work.
To Military Couples and Priests Gains Momentum
A report on the
first year of special outreach to military families is encouraging.
Hurricane Relief Effort
The national tragedy
of Hurricane Katrina has affected some of our WWME family. Here's
how you can help.
Meeting With the USCCB Committee
On Marriage & Family
We are changing
the world, and the United States Council of Catholic Bishops are
We are excited to share
that a past Section 14 Presenting Priest and National Community
Pillar staff member has been ordained Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese
Kaising to serve as WWME Episcopal Moderator
Read the WWME Press
Release announcing the new WWME Episcopal Moderator, and learn more
about this important position within our movement.
Marriage Encounter Goes to Washington
A 2002 idea
led to a 2003 letter and a 2004 visit to the White House. Now President
Bush has been reelected, and the Marriage Initiative may be presented
in 2005. Maybe we should all consider writing a letter expressing
our opinions about the Marriage Initiative.
Beginnings of Worldwide Marriage Encounter per Fr Chuck Gallagher
Want to hear
the history of the beginnings of Worldwide Marriage Encounter? Read
this interview conducted for the Summer, 1988 Matrimony
Through Relationship Experience
Newly-selected leaders at every
level in Worldwide Marriage Encounter attend "LTR" to
help form them and give them leadership tools. Learn more
about a recent LTR experience.
Little Giant Is Called To Heaven
Fr. Rumie Gonzalez, the
Section 14 ecclesial Team Priest, has been called home. Fr.
Rumie served in leadership with Jacobo & Maria Elena Favela.
While not big in stature, Fr. Rumie was a giant for the Spanish
Speaking Marriage Encounter movement, and he will be greatly missed.
Making of a WWME Calendar
Did you ever wonder
how the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Calendar is designed? The "Baker's
Dirty Half Dozen" explains how, and tells the story behind
their self-chosen title.
We are pleased and
proud to announce that the Spanish-language version of eMatrimony
is now available!
Leadership Letter To President Bush
the letter our WWME National Leadership, Bob & Joy Hernandez
and Fr. Chuck Kosanke, sent to President Bush in response to his
declaration of Marriage Protection Week.
Protection Week, 2003 Proclamation
Bush declares October 12 to October 18 Marriage Protection Week
to provide an opportunity to focus our efforts on preserving the
sanctity of marriage and on building strong and healthy marriages
US Secretariat Selects New Leadership
New United States
Secretariat leaders Bob & Joy Hernandez and Fr. Chuck Kosanke
were chosen on August 16, 2003.
Welcome to eMatrimony!
Here is an explanation of what will be included in each of the
home page menu topics.
to Bob Tabone
No one was as passionate
about our beloved movement as Bob Tabone. We can still hear the
passion in his voice as he zealously proclaimed how important it
was that we all recognize that we are being called by God to revitalize
the sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders – and that is
how we will Renew our Church and Change the World.
Zimbabwe WWME Deeper Weekend
To learn more about
WWME couples, priests and religious who go on to become Weekend
Presenters attend what is known as a Deeper Weekend. Here is a brief
report about a recent Deeper Weekend in Zimbabwe.
of 2007 Outreach Programs in Fiji
87 couples attended
WWME in May 2007 in the interior of Viti Levu, the largest island
Bishop and WWME Supporter in the Solomon Islands Expires
One of the greatest
gifts an area can receive from the Church is the support of their
local bishop. Without the support of this bishop WWME may not have
survived in the Solomon Islands. He will be missed greatly.
Secretariat Report of World Council Meeting
and informative report of the World Council meeting held January
2007 in Guatemala.
Christmas & Happy New Year from a WWME priest in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo
wish and news from half way around the world.
for WWME from the Fiji Islands
Remember every weekend,
but especially on Sunday morning, to pray for all those couples
and priests around the world who are experiencing their Weekend.
Your gift of prayer is powerful and is truly appreciated.
Four Reaches out across the Sea
never comes” can be a very real thought for military couples
around the world. As part of the WWME outreach to Military Couples
& Priests via Archdiocese of Military Services, Section Four
is providing an outreach weekend for American Military Couples in
Europe at the Pilgerheim Retreat Center in Vallendar bei Koblenz,
the World Council
A warm Texas
welcome was extended to the WWME Family to join in the World Council
meeting’s closing mass and a Texas barbecue.
Encounter is Enriching Experience
was sent to the Austin, Texas diocesan newspaper the Catholic Spirit
and eMatrimony to publish information about the WWME World Council
meeting May 14 – 20, 2006.
Cruise That Joined Crews from Two WWME Secretariats
Nineteen couples turned
a vacation dream into a WWME celebration joining couples from the
United States and the Bahamas.
Before Dawn to Mid-Morning - Good Friday in Guam
On Good Friday,
each year, thousands of Chamorro / Catholic faithful gather together
and carry a variety of crosses to the top of Mt. Jumullong Manglao.
The attached photo and story are from a WWME couple in Guam.
- Eastern Unit Celebrates 32 Years in Australia
New South Wales celebrated
32 years of renewing the church and changing the world on February
Us In Prayers of Thanksgiving For Forty Years of Priesthood
years of missionary priesthood, about 17,000 Masses celebrated (precisely
16,720: I have the habit of noting every day the date and place
where I celebrate Mass) in Italy, Kenya, USA and Canada, Congo and
other African countries."
on Solomon Islands 10th Anniversary Celebrations
worldwide family can be proud of having penetrated to the most distant,
isolated, economically poor, educationally limited, and culturally
traditional in terms of clearly defined roles for men and women
and broken open in miraculous way an explosion of couple power that
continues through daily dialogue.
National Unit Coordinators Conference in Mumbai, India
for the Convention was "May all relationships that our beloved
Movement touches, come alive with rare greatness and glow, with
mellow fruitfulness and sustained blessing."
Take the Weekend to Africa
expansion continues through the time and efforts made by willing
couples and the finances made available for reach-out Weekends.
Conference in India
It may be
too late to plan your reservations to attend but maybe you could
send a letter or an email offering your prayers to the listed address.
from Perth, Western Australia
A look at Worldwide
Marriage Encounter from the other side of the globe.
Weekend Works and Changes Worlds
How the Weekend
made it to Madagascar.
Marriage Encounter Spreading Across Africa
think of your Marriage Encounter family do names like Nairobi, Kenya
and Cameroon pop into your mind?
An awesome story
of WWME becoming Worldwide!
Power in Indonesia
Share in the
memories of the first five years of WWME in Flores, Indonesia.
- Saipan - Okinawa
sounding Pacific Islands are a part of Worldwide Marriage Encounter's
to Sokal – Realizing an “Impossible Dream”
The first Ukrainian
Weekend was presented in 1994.
Learn Marriage Encounter
plan to take Worldwide Marriage Encounter to the Catholic Church
in their home town of Lviw in the Ukraine, where the Church had
only existed underground.
Statistics From Around the World
Marriage Encounter continues to renew the church and change the
world one couple and one priest at a time.
World News Tidbits
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
continues to grow around the world. Learn about some of the successes
Stories of Evangelization
is so rich and deep, listen in as our former World Council Leadership
Team share amazing stories of the growth of WWME around the world
in this 1997 Matrimony reprint.
International Coordinating Team Selected
Breaking news, more
information will be provided as it comes available.
Spirit Leads Us to Select New Leadership
World Council will convene January 10-16, 2005 in Nairobi, Kenya
to select new World Council leaders. The linked article, taken from
the Spring, 1998 issue of Matrimony, was written to explain
how a WWME selection process works. The article was written just
after Lee & Jan Kremer were selected as the United States Secretariat
leaders and the World Council selection next week will be to select
Lee & Jan's successors as World Council leaders.
in India Selects A New National Ecclesial Team
News from India highlights
the "Worldwide" in Worldwide Marriage Encounter. Please
pray for the new Ecclesial Team in India.
Years of Religious Profession Celebrated in Kinshasa
missionary shares memories of his 45 years in the ministry, and
some news from his home in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of
Do Come True
The dream to introduce
Worldwide Marriage Encounter into Germany started on a note scribbled
on the back of a blank check and placed under a car windshield wiper.
This bit of history is from the November, 1978 Worldwide Family
Barbero Returns To Serve On The Pan-Africa Secretariat
In the early 1980's
Fr. Barbero served on the Pan-Africa Secretariat representing Kenya.
Read of Fr. Barbero's return to the Pan-Africa Secretariat as he
now serves representing R D Congo.
While this is not
new news, it is something all Encountered Couples and priests should
be proud to know. On October 21, 2001, Pope John Paul II for
the first time beatified a couple and declared them "blessed".
Weekends are Presented in 87 Countries
Worldwide Marriage Encounters
are presented in 87 countries by 12 faith expressions. Here
listed are the countries where Worldwide Marriage Encounter is active
and the non-Catholic denominations offering Worldwide Marriage Encounters.
20 Years Of ME in the Congo
We are changing the
world in the Congo as we celebrate 20 years of Worldwide Marriage
Is A New World in Kinshasa
Fr. Mario Barbero,
IMC reports that Worldwide Marriage Encounter lives on in the Congo
and Zaire areas of Africa.
Click here for information
about the 2010 WWME Convention in Atlantic City!
Celebrates 40 years with CPR
Plan to attend
the family celebration of 40 years of Worldwide Marriage Encounter
in Southern California June 27-29, 2008 with your WWME family from
around the world.
12 Convention 2006
Section 12 held
their 2006 Convention at Santa Clara University, the first Convention
put on by Section 12 since 1998.
6 & 7 Convention 2006 - and 2007
Section 6 and
7’s planned 2006 Convention has now become the first advertised
2007 Section Convention. Ironically the convention theme was Be
The Light but, due to severe storms they had neither light, electricity,
or air conditioning so the convention is being rescheduled for next
"Mis-Adventures" of the 2006 Section 6 & 7 Convention
in St. Louis
A Convention without
electrical power is truly sour. But, when these WWME lovers were
handed lemons they decided to make lemonade.
Asian Conference to be Held in Sri Lanka
If you happen
to be in Sri Lanka the weekend of September 17-19, 2006 stop in
and say hello to the 31st Asian Conference. If for some reason you
are not in the neighborhood please join us in offering a prayer
for their success.
5 Convention Theme – I Chose You
If you would like
to extend an invitation to your Local Area or Section Convention,
send us a copy of your registration form or flyer.
the Son, Priest
Day Presentation, 2005 National Convention
Discover the Father through
the Son, and see Jesus in yourself and others.
2005 Convention Key Note Address - In God We Trust
Like the Grand Canyon,
unless you were there, it is not quite the same. But here are the
awesome words presented during the WWME 2005 National Convention
Key Note Address.
God We Trust, Convention Sharing
A Section 11 couple
shares their experience of the 2005 National Convention with their
Publicity in The Catholic Review
Tenderizes Marriage Encounter Couples’ Hearts"
Publicity in The Catholic Review
Encounter Convention Draws 700 Couples"
Hugs were carried
from New York to Convention for a couple who could not be there
Have a look at some WWME
families having fun on Saturday night of the Convention.
of our First National Convention
It is a long way
from Anchorage, Alaska to Baltimore, MD but it's worth the trip.
Kentuckian's view of the 2005 National Convention
It seemed very appropriate
that they chose our nation's motto "In God we trust" as
our Mantra for the weekend, and to hold it where Francis Scott Key
was inspired to write our National Anthem.
WWME National Convention Report
Our national leadership
team shares their Convention experiences with the WWME Family.
Council Leadership Address to the 2005 National Convention
Meet the lovers
who lead the WWME World Council, David & Bronny met when they
were 5 and 6 years old. As an ecclesial team they have the same
wedding day and ordination day.
Priest Day Presentation, 2005 National Convention
Let this presentation
guide you through the relationship you have with your parents (father
and mother) into the relationship you have with God the Father.
2005 Priest Day Mass Homily:
In God We Trust - The Holy Trinity
We say on the Weekend
that God is reflected to us, in the relationship between husband
and wife, and by extension, in the relationship of priests and couples.
to "Priest Day"
The 2005 WWME Convention
began with a day for couples and priests who serve together in leadership
to enrich their relationships. Read some of their impressions about
this special day.
Before the Convention
In God We Trust. Nice
theme, but what does it mean, and in what direction will it call
Were Thirsty and We Came To The Waters
We had not gone
to previous Conventions because they seemed "too far away".
After attending a Convention, we learned no Convention is "too
Registrations Increase in Price May 16
July 8 is
just around the corner, register now for the WWME Convention
Love Letter From Our Holy Father
Pope John Paul II
sent the attached letter to be read at the 1986 Worldwide Marriage
on Our Journey to Rutgers
and the 25th WWME Anniversary Convention.
If you are
still trying to decide if you are going to the National Convention
in Baltimore July 8-10, this article tells you that you need to
get off the fence.
by the Bug
If you are
trying to decide about going to the National Convention this year,
maybe this priest's reflection will help.
on the WWME 25th Anniversary Convention
you expect at a WWME Convention? The 25th Anniversary Convention
July will be here
before you know it! Get your Convention Registration in soon.
National Convention Bulletin Announcement
is a great suggestion for local WWME advertising in your parish
bulletin and getting the word out to couples in your parish announcing
the upcoming National Convention.
WWME Convention Registration Opens
you can register now online or by mail.
Convention 2005 Flyers Available
It's not too soon to start
think about and planning for the 2005 WWME National Convention.
Here are two flyers to begin putting into Weekend take-home packets
and to hand out at community events.
See the Section
13 convention through the eyes of a "first-timer."
Jack Kaising's keynote address at the Section 6 & 7 Convention
Kaising's keynote address and believe that you are needed.
11 2004 Convention
For a little taste of heaven
in Brentwood, CA, join Section 11 at their Convention July 17-18,
2004. Their convention theme is "Our Slice of Heaven".
6-7 2004 Convention Information
Join Sections 6 & 7 in
Columbus, Ohio June 25-27, 2004 at their Convention with the theme
"A Gift From His Heart"
5 2004 Convention Registration Under Way
Come "Celebrate the Dream"
with Section 5, June 11-13 in Cullman, Alabama.
10 2004 Convention Registration Under Way
Y'all come! Y'all are
invited to experience some Texas-sized WWME excitement at the 2004
Section 10 Convention, "A Family of Believers".
Convention Quilt Raffle Winners
It is not too early
to mark your calendars with the 2005 Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Convention date July 8-10, 2005 to be held in Baltimore, Maryland.
Maybe you could take home a gift like this couple did from the 2003
2005 Convention Logo Competition
2005 Worldwide Marriage Encounter National Convention date, location
and logo competition.
WWME National Convention Roundup
articles and other links about the DeKalb
Convention in one convenient location. Includes links to all the
Convention presentations, Bishop Skylstad's Sunday homily, and stories
about the Convention experience.
Are Called To Know God - Convention Presentation 1
& Monica Aguilera and Fr. José A. Bautista gave the following
first of three presentations, We Are Called to Know God,
at the 2003 Convention in DeKalb, Illinois. Jorge: "For us
to become like our Lord Jesus Christ was, it is necessary to know
Him, to look for His closeness through our personal prayer, praying
as families, as couples. Our prayer is our intimate way to get close
to God, to become his/her friend, to follow His footsteps. In this
way we can become Jesus alive today."
Are Called To Love God - Convention Presentation 2
Rose Apodaca and Fr. Dennis Koopman gave the following second of
three presentations, We Are Called to Love God, at the
2003 Convention in DeKalb, Illinois. Fr. Dennis: "Jesus tells
us very clearly that we cannot just wish someone well, but that
we must take action to help and assist that person in their need.
The action to which we are called is "to love God with our
whole mind, our whole heart and with our whole being; and then to
love our neighbor as ourselves!"
Are Called To Serve God - Convention Presentation 3
Judy Pekny and Fr. Mark Willenbring gave the following third of
three presentations, We Are Called to Serve God, at the
2003 Convention in DeKalb, Illinois. Judy: "We are called by
God and our Church to feed His sheep. We have been blessed with
the gift of our Marriage Encounter Weekend to help us know how to
do that. Our Weekend does not call us to just go home and hug our
kids and focus exclusively on our relationship - nor does it send
us forth into the world alone, weighted down by all our human weaknesses.
It is God who sends us forth, armed with the power of our sacrament
and the charisms He has chosen especially for us. He is not just
asking us to perform a few good deeds along the way, but is challenging
us to offer our charisms as gifts to a lonely world that is crying
out for relationship."
a Stranger in WWME
Fr. Dennis O'Brien
was on his way to Convention 2003 when he was in a car accident.
He went to be with the WWME Community, but as he shares here, he
met Community on the way. Reprinted from the NW Florida WWME Newsletter.
Council Convention Presentation
World Council leaders
Lee & Jan Kremer and Fr. Rich O'Brien offer their 2003 WWME
Convention presentation in its entirety for your use. What a great
way to let all of the lovers in your community who could not attend
have a taste of the Convention and hear from our World Council leaders.
perspective of WWME National Convention 2003
Jim Bezy of Warren, MI shares his thoughts, feelings, and experience
attending the 2003 World Wide Marriage Encounter convention in DeKalb,
Emile Frische's Homily, Saturday, July 26, 2003 - You Have To Believe
The theme of the 2003
WWME Convention, You Have To Believe, was emphasized by Fr. Emile
Frische in the Saturday homily. Fr. Frische: "Do we understand,
do we realize, that we are called to GREATNESS? Do we realize that
we are part of something really great and wonderful? So many have
started out on this pilgrim way thousands of years ago. So many
will continue this pilgrimage even after we have, hopefully, completed
it. We are formed by those who have gone before us. We help form
those who come after us. We have a tremendous responsibility, don't
we? We CAN do it. You Have To Believe."
Skylstad's Homily, Sunday, July 27, 2003
Have To Believe! Convention News
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