Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend discovery program aimed at revitalizing Christian Marriages with the emphasis on learning a technique of loving communication. Couples are given the opportunity to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It’s a time to share feelings, hopes and dreams with the one person you have chosen to spend the rest of your life with. The weekend is not a retreat, marriage clinic, group sensitivity, or a substitute for counseling, but rather a unique approach aimed at revitalizing marriage. Marriage Encounter is intended to enhance a good marriage and make it better. If you are experiencing a troubled marriage, Retrouvaille would better meet your needs.
Who is Marriage Encounter for?
Any married couple who desires a richer, fuller life together. A marriage can never be too good. Marriage Encounter is designed to deepen and enrich the joys a couple share together, whether they have been married for only a short time, or for many years.
What happens at a Marriage Encounter Weekend?
A series of presentations are given by a team of married couples and a priest. Each presentation allows you and your spouse an opportunity to look at yourselves as individuals, then to look at your marriage and relationship to one another, and finally to look at your relationship to God and to the world.
Does the weekend respect the couple’s privacy?
Yes, the weekend is oriented strictly to each individual couple. You concentrate on your spouse to such an extent that you are hardly aware of the other couples present. The presentations are given to the group as a whole. After each presentation, the husband and wife have time in the privacy of their room for their own personal discussion.
How does a Marriage Encounter enhance a marriage?
The encounter weekend teaches a communication technique which permits each couple to explore important areas of their relationship in a spirit of love and understanding. By continuing the newly-acquired technique begun on the weekend, husbands and wives continually grow closer together to live more joyful and purposeful lives.
While not an essential part of the experience, the availability of a community of others who have shared the Weekend and who share similar values provides a supportive environment for even further growth.