Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Worldwide Marriage Encounter?
The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a positive and personal experience offering married couples an opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It is a chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It is a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. The emphasis of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is on the communication between husbands and wives. The weekend provides a conducive environment for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, while encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship. It is not a retreat, marriage clinic, group sensitivity, or a substitute for counseling. It is a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Marriage. It is more than just a marriage enrichment program, but rather, a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian marriage. This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together, to rediscover each other and together focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention! Simply put - it is the largest marriage enhancement program in the world and millions of couples have recommended it to their married friends and relatives. Statistics released by WWME show that 97% of 2000+ respondents in a detailed 2010 survey indicate the experience was good to excellent.
What happens on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend?
Worldwide Marriage Encounter's unique approach centers around a series of presentations given by a team of Catholic couples and a priest. Each presentation allows you to look at yourself as an individual, and then to look at your relationship to those with whom you live and work and to whom you minister. Worldwide Marriage Encounter presents God as a focus for successful Marriage. Married couples view all these relationships in terms of their own vocation, but the principles are freely applicable to the priesthood and religious life as well. The atmosphere is relaxed and non-invasive. Most participants say they are hardly aware of the others in attendance.
What does the Weekend cost?
On the weekend, you will be asked to make a donation. This donation will cover the expenses of lodging, food, and materials for the Weekend. A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required to confirm your food and lodging. Scholarships are available and the application fee can be waived based on financial need. On the weekend, you will be invited to make a confidential free will donation; however, this should not influence your decision to attend a weekend. No one is ever denied the chance to experience a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend because of financial difficulties.
Why is it called Worldwide Marriage Encounter?
The movement began as a way of improving communication between husbands and wives. But as insights grew, it became apparent that the techniques used in the sessions could benefit anyone whose vocation involves close, caring communication with others. It is considered the first marriage enrichment program and has been updated on a continual basis to reflect the current marriage environment.
Does the Weekend respect the privacy of each couple?
YES! Absolutely! 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. There is no group sharing on the weekend.
How does a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend enhance a marriage?
The Marriage Encounter weekend, teaches a communication process which permits each couple to explore important areas of their relationship in a spirit of love and understanding. By continuing the newly acquired communication process after the weekend, husband and wives continually grow closer together to live more joyful and purposeful lives.
What are the start and stop times for the Weekend?
The Weekend normally starts around 7:30pm on Friday and ends around 5:00pm on Sunday. We provide all meals on Saturday and Sunday, but you will need to eat dinner prior to arriving on Friday.
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