San Bernardino, CA – Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original faith based marriage enrichment program in the United States, announces the winner of the Longest Married Couple Project to be Wibur & Theresa Faiss of Las Vegas, NV. They have been married 78 years as of Feb. 11, 2012.
The state winners as a result of the project will be announced on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. There were 256 nominations received from 47 states.
“What a privilege and honor it is to recognize Wilbur & Theresa Faiss for their commitment to marriage,” said Scott and Karen Seaborn, the United States Ecclesial Team for WWME. “We look forward to personally recognizing them on Feb. 11th in their hometown of Las Vegas,” they added. The Seaborns serve with Fr. Tom Griffith, SVD, as the U.S. leadership for the marriage enrichment movement.
The Faiss’ were married April 14, 1933. They met at a roller skating rink in Centralia, IL in 1930. Mr. Faiss said it was” love at first sight.”
The Nevada couple achieved the honor of being the Longest Married Couple based on the over 250 nominations submitted to Worldwide Marriage Encounter beginning in October of last year.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter created this project to highlight marriage in America and to show young couples that marriage really can go the distance. “What an inspiration Mr. & Mrs. Faiss are to all of us. They made a commitment to each other 78 years ago and they have kept that commitment over these many years. They truly are a sign of hope to us all,” the Seaborns said.
The national winners have three children, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
Press release courtesy of www.wwme.org