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Detroit Deacon Formation Weekend

Detroit 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.

 

MA/RI Area WWME Cabin Experience
Had Something for Everyone

MA/RI Area WWME Cabin Experience

Canoe Races, Pie Eating, Free throw shooting, campfires and more! Young and old alike had a great time at the annual camping experience.

 

Take Us Out to the Ball Game

Take Us Out to the Ball Game

What better way is there to have fun and advertise our favorite ministry than at a baseball game?

 

WWME Celebrates 40 years with CPR - CORRECTION

WWME Celebrates 40 years with CPR - CORRECTION

Editor’s apology for misquoting the author of the great article written about the 2008 WWME Convention. Rosie Stock, please forgive us.

 

WWME Great Community August 2007
Malvern, Pennsylvania Image Group

WWME Great Community August 2007

This sharing circle was created almost 20 years ago, and they continue to reach out to welcome new members and start new groups.

 

WWME Great Community July 2007
Another Great Community Story

WWME Great Community July 2007

WWME love spanning from Erie, Pennsylvania to Tecumseh, Michigan.

 

WWME Great Community June 2007

WWME 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.

 

Erie, PA WWME Couple Recognized for Making a Difference

Erie, PA WWME Couple Recognized for Making a Difference

In accepting 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.

 

Southwest Florida Annual Spring Fling 2007

Southwest Florida Annual Spring Fling 2007

Having fun, building community and raising funds what a great way for WWME families to spend time together.

 

Father Len Stegman Honored

Father Len Stegman Honored

Fr. Stegman was honored as he celebrated his 90th Birthday, and the 64th Anniversary of his Ordination.

 

Enrichment on Sacramental Love

Enrichment on Sacramental Love

Couples 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.”

 

WWME Great Community May 2007

WWME Great Community May 2007

A New York Spanish Speaking Area says; “To share our community with you fills us with a feeling of joy.”

 

In 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.

 

A Dialoguing Community

A Dialoguing Community

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.

 

WWME Great Community March 2007

WWME Great Community March 2007

The following 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."

 

“Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?”

“Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?”

On December 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 “The Dream.”

 

WWME Great Community February 2007

WWME Great Community February 2007

Section 11’s San Diego Community takes the award this month for how they combine their fun activities and their support of the Weekend.

 

A Tribute to Fr. Bob McDonald, S.M.

A 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.

 

Section 13’s Annual Enrichment - The Called & Gifted Workshop

Section 13’s Annual Enrichment - The Called & Gifted Workshop

Couples and 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.

 

WWME Great Community January 2007

WWME Great Community January 2007

The temperature in the Phoenix Area is not all from the sun. There are also some red hot passionate lovers adding their glow to Arizona.

 

WWME Great Community December 2006

WWME Great Community December 2006

"Be-Encountering", a WWME sharing group community in Bolingbrook, IL, has been meeting monthly since 1986. Read how they use the FAMIS theme to enhance their Community.

 

The Holy Spirit is Alive in the San Bernardino, CA Community

Excitement is building after the area’s fourth full Weekend. Read about how their Community is supports their Weekend greet-off.

 

WWME Great Community November 2006

WWME love 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.

 

Detroit Area Day of Romance

Detroit Area Day of Romance

“We 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.”

 

Section 1 Enrichment 2006

Section 1 Enrichment 2006

One hundred Section 1 lovers were challenged to look at new material to help them with their relationships and to be more active in their Local Areas.

 

A Visit with Ogdensburg, NY Bishop Robert J. Cunningham

If you 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.

 

Sharing Circle at Sea

Sharing Circle at Sea

To add some motion to the emotions shared in the Sharing Circle this group went to sea.

 

WWME Great Community October 2006

WWME Great Community October 2006

“We call 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.”

 

Day of Romance

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.

 

“FUN”-tastic 2006 WWME Campout

“FUN”-tastic 2006 WWME Campout

A fun time was had by all at the annual WWME Campout in Massachusetts.

 

WWME Couples Attend Section 9 Convention in Kansas City

WWME Couples Attend Section 9 Convention in Kansas City

Zeal; passion; 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.

 

WWME Great Community, September 2006

WWME 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.”

 

WWME Community on Fire!!

WWME 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.

 

Dialogue in the Pines

Dialogue 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.

 

Section 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.

 

Putting the “World” in Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Putting 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.

 

Couples' Night Out

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.

 

Let’s Go to Oso

Where is Oso? What is Oso? Seattle WWME knows Oso. Do you want to know Oso?

 

South Jersey Community Enrichment Weekend

"Keeping 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.

 

A Very Special Home Mass

A Very Special Home Mass

It is not everyday that you have a holy mass celebrated at your home. This mass is even more special.

 

Rochester Area Celebrates Annual Lovers' Ball

Rochester Area Celebrates Annual Lovers' Ball

This year’s theme was "Romance". Dancing, dining, WWME lovers, and CHOCOLATE desert - how much more could you ask for?

 

WWME 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.

 

A Baltimore Beacon

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.

 

The gift of marriage is a gift of love that benefits all

Archbishop Alex J. Brunett

The attached 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.

 

Keeping the Flame Alive

Keeping the Flame Alive

The attached 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.

 

Worldwide 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.

 

Section 13 Gathers for "Earthen Vessels" Enrichment

Section 13 Gathers for "Earthen Vessels" Enrichment

Earthen Vessels offers a dialogue technique that goes beyond feelings into needs and values.

 

Fort Leonard Wood Military Weekend
Scheduled for January 27-29, 2006

WWME places ads in newspapers reaching out to military couples in Missouri and Illinois.

 

Hurricane Katrina Update

Roughly eleven weeks have passed and our ME families continue the long trek back to recovery.

 

Engaged 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.”

 

There 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.

 

The Big Decision

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.

 

Thank 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.

 

A Tribute to Fr. Tony Diacetis

A 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.

 

News from Section 11

Section 11 is in Arizona, Southern California, Southern Nevada, and Utah. These are just some of their activities and plans.

 

Msgr. John Dickie Retires

Rev. Msgr. John A Dickie

Fr. John may be retiring from parish responsibilities but plans to continue with Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

 

S.O.M.E. Weekend Banners

S.O.M.E. Weekend Banners

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 .

 

Beginning 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.

 

Growing and Changing in WWME

Growing and Changing in WWME

The San Jose, California area prepares to select new leadership.

 

There's Chili In The Air in San Diego

Section 11 is looking for your prize chili recipe.

 

Gather Us In: A Day of Enrichment

Add some old friends, some old convention talks, a few dialogues and sharings and you have a day to remember.

 

Rochester/Buffalo, NY Area Leaders "On A Mission From God"

Rochester/Buffalo, NY Area Leaders "On A Mission From God"

The Mission is possible! Change the world, one couple at a time.

 

Rochester/Buffalo, NY Area Lovers' Ball

Community honors a couple for their love and dedication to the WWME Community.

 

Nassau/Suffolk, NY Area News

Long Island schedules a 38 couple Weekend, the largest in 18 years.

 

Section 11 Inviting Challenge a Success

Need more couples for your Weekends? How about some good old-fashioned competition to boost the numbers?

 

A Dream Come True - Alaska, One Year Later

A 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.

 

Teaching 10&10 at a B&B

Teaching 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.

 

Be Not Afraid - Reviving the Weekend in Tucson

Be 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.

 

Lighting 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.

 

First Hispanic Weekend in Miami

First Hispanic Weekend in Miami

March 11-13, 2005, Miami had its first ME weekend in Spanish.

 

Connecticut Lovers Celebrate World Marriage Day

Connecticut Lovers Celebrate World Marriage Day

World Marriage Day is as good an excuse as any for WWME couples to turn a school cafeteria into a romantic party.

 

Arlington, VA. Couples Celebrate World Marriage Day

Arlington, VA. Couples Celebrate World Marriage Day

30 couples attended the 15th Annual World Marriage Day at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish.

 

Information Conduits

Information Conduits

Section XVI leadership shares how they carry information from the National Secretariat meetings back to their local community.

 

Supporting Sunday Night Couples

Supporting Sunday Night Couples

An important 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?

 

Lifelong 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.

 

A Yearning for Arkansas Pays Off

Retirement plans include moving back to the home state of Arkansas and, with the Grace of God, making sure WWME would be there.

 

Section 9 New Leadership

Section 9 New Leadership

Section 9 (Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming) selects new Leadership.

 

Massachusetts WWME Community Annual Campout

Children’s Pie Eating Contest Action

This event brings families together for a weekend of fun, friendly competition, good food, and fellowship.

 

Take Me Out To the Ball Game

Take 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.

 

60 Years of Priesthood and a Quarter-Century of Presenting Weekends

60 years of priesthood and a quarter century of presenting Weekends

Chicago-Gary area helps celebrate the dedication and love of one of their favorite priests.

 

WWME Couple chosen Alaska Parents of the Year 2004

WWME 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 in action.

 

WWME awareness raised in Anchorage, Alaska

WWME awareness raised in Anchorage, Alaska

Pushing grocery carts and WWME in a Fourth of July parade benefits many.

 

New Leadership in Section 12

New Leadership in Section 12

Section 12 includes Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and Okinawa along with portions of California and Nevada.

 

Alaska Weekend

Alaska Weekend

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.

 

Fr. Joe Testagrossa Called Home

Please pray for Fr. Joe Testagrossa, who passed away May 7, 2004.

 

Fr. Jim Galvin Called Home

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. James Galvin

 

Section 3 Coordinating Couple

Ed & Pat Lavender and Fr. Mitch Walters

Section 3's new Leadership Couple have been excited about the Weekend since their first Encounter in 1978.

 

Section 10 Presenting Team Enrichment

Section 10 Presenting Team

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 their Enrichment.

 

New Leadership in Section 5

Jack & Angel LaBate and Fr. Dennis O'Brien

Section 5 has new Section Leadership. The couple have been dancing and romancing from when they first met.

 

Monsignor Braden Leaves Hospital

Sec10-Msgr Leroy Braden

Monsignor Leroy Braden of Section 10 is welcomed by the Section 10 Board as he prepares to be released from the hospital.

 

Welcome New Section 2 Leadership

Mike & Mary Gibbons & Fr. Emile Frische

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.

 

Chalice 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.

 

Make good marriages better

Last weekend 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.

 

Thank You to My Parents

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.

 

Section 6 & 7 Convention 2004 Announcement

Some recollections 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 1, 2003.

 

Section 13 Campout Board Meeting Report

About once 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.

 

National News

Celebrating a Rite of Passage

Celebrating a Rite of Passage

Join us in celebrating an exciting step in the life of our National office assistant for Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

 

Tell 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.

 

Selection of New WWME U.S. Secretariat Team

Selection 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.

 

He Was Priest, Bishop, Decorated Military Officer, Episcopal Moderator, Leader, & Lover

He 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.

 

A Great Honor Bestowed Upon WWME Couple

A Great Honor Bestowed Upon WWME Couple

The distinguished honor of Knight and Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem has been bestowed upon WWME’s Legal Advisors.

 

Calling 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?

 

Acceptance of Franciscan International Award to WWME

Acceptance of Franciscan International Award to WWME

Accepting 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.

 

WWME Receives 2006 Franciscan International Award

Worldwide Marriage 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 newspapers.

 

2007 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.

 

Father Chuck Kosanke to be Conferred as Monsignor

Father Chuck Kosanke to be Conferred as Monsignor

Please join 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.

 

Full Circle Wood, LLC is pleased to announce a License Agreement with Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Full 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.

 

Outreach To Military Couples and Priests Gains Momentum

A report on the first year of special outreach to military families is encouraging.

 

WWME Hurricane Relief Effort

WWME Hurricane Relief Effort

The national tragedy of Hurricane Katrina has affected some of our WWME family. Here's how you can help.

 

WWME Meeting With the USCCB Committee
On Marriage & Family

WWME Meeting With the USCCB Committee On Marriage & Family

We are changing the world, and the United States Council of Catholic Bishops are aware.

 

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo

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 of Seattle.

 

Bishop Kaising to serve as WWME Episcopal Moderator

Bishop 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.

 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Goes to Washington

Worldwide 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.

 

The Beginnings of Worldwide Marriage Encounter per Fr Chuck Gallagher

Fr Chuck Gallagher Interview

Want to hear the history of the beginnings of Worldwide Marriage Encounter? Read this interview conducted for the Summer, 1988 Matrimony magazine.

Leading Through Relationship Experience

LTR  LTR

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.

 

A Little Giant Is Called To Heaven

Fr Rumie Gonzalez and Jacobo & Maria Elena Favela

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.

 

The 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.

 

Spanish eMatrimony Now Available!

We are pleased and proud to announce that the Spanish-language version of eMatrimony is now available!

 

National Leadership Letter To President Bush

Read 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.

 

Marriage Protection Week, 2003 Proclamation

President 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 in America.

 

WWME 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.

 

Tribute 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.

 

International News

The Zimbabwe WWME Deeper Weekend

The 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.

 

News of 2007 Outreach Programs in Fiji

87 couples attended WWME in May 2007 in the interior of Viti Levu, the largest island of Fiji.

 

Retired 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.

 

Canadian Secretariat Report of World Council Meeting

A brief and informative report of the World Council meeting held January 2007 in Guatemala.

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from a WWME priest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

A Christmas wish and news from half way around the world.

 

Gratitude 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.

 

Section Four Reaches out across the Sea

“If tomorrow 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, Germany.

 

Meeting the World Council

Meeting 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.

 

Marriage Encounter is Enriching Experience

This article 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.

 

A Cruise That Joined Crews from Two WWME Secretariats

A 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.

 

From Before Dawn to Mid-Morning - Good Friday in Guam

From 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.

 

WWME - Eastern Unit Celebrates 32 Years in Australia

WWME - Eastern Unit Celebrates 32 Years in Australia

New South Wales celebrated 32 years of renewing the church and changing the world on February 19, 2006.

 

Join Us In Prayers of Thanksgiving For Forty Years of Priesthood

"Forty 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."

 

Report on Solomon Islands 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Our 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.

 

25th National Unit Coordinators Conference in Mumbai, India

A prayer 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."

 

Presbyterians Take the Weekend to Africa

Presbyterians Take the Weekend to Africa

International expansion continues through the time and efforts made by willing couples and the finances made available for reach-out Weekends.

 

Unit 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.

 

Greetings from Perth, Western Australia

Greetings from Perth, Western Australia

A look at Worldwide Marriage Encounter from the other side of the globe.

 

The Weekend Works and Changes Worlds

The Weekend Works and Changes Worlds

How the Weekend made it to Madagascar.

Presbyterian Marriage Encounter Spreading Across Africa

Presbyterian Marriage Encounter Spreading Across Africa

When you think of your Marriage Encounter family do names like Nairobi, Kenya and Cameroon pop into your mind?

 

Outreach To Pakistan

Outreach To Pakistan

An awesome story of WWME becoming Worldwide!

 

Couple Power in Indonesia

Couple Power in Indonesia

Share in the memories of the first five years of WWME in Flores, Indonesia.

 

Guam - Saipan - Okinawa

Guam - Saipan - Okinawa

These exotic sounding Pacific Islands are a part of Worldwide Marriage Encounter's family.

 

Journey to Sokal – Realizing an “Impossible Dream”

Journey to Sokal – Realizing an “Impossible Dream”

The first Ukrainian Weekend was presented in 1994.

 

Ukrainians Learn Marriage Encounter

Ukrainians Learn Marriage Encounter

Ukrainian 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.

 

Weekend Statistics From Around the World

Worldwide Marriage Encounter continues to renew the church and change the world one couple and one priest at a time.

 

WWME World News Tidbits

Worldwide Marriage Encounter continues to grow around the world. Learn about some of the successes and struggles.

 

Amazing Stories of Evangelization

Our history 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.

 

New International Coordinating Team Selected

Breaking news, more information will be provided as it comes available.

 

Holy Spirit Leads Us to Select New Leadership

Holy Spirit Leads Us to Select New Leadership

The WWME 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.

 

WWME in India Selects A New National Ecclesial Team

WWME 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.

 

45 Years of Religious Profession Celebrated in Kinshasa

Consolata missionary shares memories of his 45 years in the ministry, and some news from his home in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

Dreams Do Come True

Dreams 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 Spirit magazine.

 

Fr. 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.

 

Pope Beatifies Couple

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".

 

WWME 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.

 

Celebrating 20 Years Of ME in the Congo

We are changing the world in the Congo as we celebrate 20 years of Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

 

There 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.

 

Convention News

2008 WWM EConvention

Click here for information about the 2010 WWME Convention in Atlantic City!

 

WWME Celebrates 40 years with CPR

WWME 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.

 

Section 12 Convention 2006

Section 12 held their 2006 Convention at Santa Clara University, the first Convention put on by Section 12 since 1998.

 

Section 6 & 7 Convention 2006 - and 2007

Section 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 year.

 

The "Mis-Adventures" of the 2006 Section 6 & 7 Convention in St. Louis

The "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.

 

31st 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.

 

Section 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.

 

God the Son, Priest Day Presentation, 2005 National Convention

Discover the Father through the Son, and see Jesus in yourself and others.

 

WWME 2005 Convention Key Note Address - In God We Trust

WWME 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.

 

In God We Trust, Convention Sharing

A Section 11 couple shares their experience of the 2005 National Convention with their local family.

 

WWME Publicity in The Catholic Review

"Writing Tenderizes Marriage Encounter Couples’ Hearts"

 

Convention Publicity in The Catholic Review

"Marriage Encounter Convention Draws 700 Couples"

 

Amante Convention Hugs

Amante Convention Hugs

Hugs were carried from New York to Convention for a couple who could not be there in person.

 

Family Fun Photos

Family Fun Photos

Have a look at some WWME families having fun on Saturday night of the Convention.

 

Memories of our First National Convention

Memories of our First National Convention

It is a long way from Anchorage, Alaska to Baltimore, MD but it's worth the trip.

 

A Kentuckian's view of the 2005 National Convention

A 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.

 

2005 WWME National Convention Report

2005 WWME National Convention Report

Our national leadership team shares their Convention experiences with the WWME Family.

 

World 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.

 

God the Father, 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.

 

Convention 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.

 

Reactions to "Priest Day"

Reactions 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.

 

Thoughts Before the Convention

In God We Trust. Nice theme, but what does it mean, and in what direction will it call me?

 

We Were Thirsty and We Came To The Waters

We 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 far away".

 

Convention Registrations Increase in Price May 16

2005 WWME Convention

July 8 is just around the corner, register now for the WWME Convention

A Love Letter From Our Holy Father

A Love Letter From Our Holy Father

Pope John Paul II sent the attached letter to be read at the 1986 Worldwide Marriage Encounter Convention.

 

Reflections on Our Journey to Rutgers
and the 25th WWME Anniversary Convention.

Reflections on Our Journey to Rutgers

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.

 

Smitten by the Bug

Smitten by the Bug

If you are trying to decide about going to the National Convention this year, maybe this priest's reflection will help.

 

Reflections on the WWME 25th Anniversary Convention

Reflections on the WWME 25th Anniversary Convention

What can you expect at a WWME Convention? The 25th Anniversary Convention was phenomenal.

 

WWME Convention 2005

2005 WWME Convention

July will be here before you know it! Get your Convention Registration in soon.

 

2005 National Convention Bulletin Announcement

Here 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.

 

2005 WWME Convention Registration Opens

Learn how you can register now online or by mail.

 

WWME 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.

 

Portland or Bust!

Section 13 Convention

See the Section 13 convention through the eyes of a "first-timer."

 

Bishop Jack Kaising's keynote address at the Section 6 & 7 Convention

Bishop Jack Kaising

Read Bishop Kaising's keynote address and believe that you are needed.

 

Section 11 2004 Convention

Section 11 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".

Section 6-7 2004 Convention Information

Section 6-7 Convention

Join Sections 6 & 7 in Columbus, Ohio June 25-27, 2004 at their Convention with the theme "A Gift From His Heart"

 

Section 5 2004 Convention Registration Under Way

Section 5 Convention

Come "Celebrate the Dream" with Section 5, June 11-13 in Cullman, Alabama.

 

Section 10 2004 Convention Registration Under Way

Section 10 2004 Convention

Y'all come! Y'all are invited to experience some Texas-sized WWME excitement at the 2004 Section 10 Convention, "A Family of Believers".

 

2003 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 Convention.

 

WWME 2005 Convention Logo Competition

Announcing the 2005 Worldwide Marriage Encounter National Convention date, location and logo competition.

 

2003 WWME National Convention Roundup

All eMatrimony 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.

 

We Are Called To Know God - Convention Presentation 1

Jorge & 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."

 

We Are Called To Love God - Convention Presentation 2

Gil & 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!"

 

We Are Called To Serve God - Convention Presentation 3

Ron & 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."

 

Never 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.

 

World 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.

 

Widower's perspective of WWME National Convention 2003

Widower Jim Bezy of Warren, MI shares his thoughts, feelings, and experience attending the 2003 World Wide Marriage Encounter convention in DeKalb, IL

 

Fr. 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."

 

Bishop Skylstad's Homily, Sunday, July 27, 2003

 

You Have To Believe! Convention News

2003 Convention highlights and pictures...

 


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