What is a Worldwide Marriage Encounter?

The Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME)weekend is a positive and personal experience offering married couples an opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication they can use for the rest of their lives. It's a chance to look deeply into their marital relationship and their relationship with God. It's a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other.

The emphasis of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is on communication between husband and wife. 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 marital relationship.


We had a good marriage, there was nothing Chris wouldn't do for me. But I wanted more than that and got it. Marriage Encounter has given us a closeness we've never known before.
Rick and I love each other very much, but we felt as if the world was slowly pushing us apart. Daily problems of money, job and children were steadily becoming more important than our relationship. Worldwide Marriage Encounter has helped to put things back into proper perspective for us. It's great!When some friends suggested that Sheila and I make a Worldwide Marriage Encounter we were shocked and more than a little hurt. We were very happily married and frankly, it surprised us that they thought we needed marriage counseling. When we finally told them how we felt, they laughed and said that they had suggested the Encounter because we were a happily married couple. Now I'm glad that they did. We got an awful lot out of it precisely because we brought a lot to it.Mary and I have been married for 25 years and we thought we knew everything about each other. Thanks to Worldwide Marriage Encounter, we're really getting to know one another better.

It's not a retreat, marriage clinic, group sensitivity, or a substitute for counseling. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing marriage.

It 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!

Who is it 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.

For marriages with a deep breach of trust, Retrouvaille is available.

Is there a specific religious orientation to the weekend?

Worldwide Marriage Encounter does present God as a focus for successful marriage. There are many faith expressions of Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends - Catholic, Jewish, and several Protestant denominations. While the Weekend may be presented in a given faith expression, all weekends are open and welcome to couples from other faiths. The opportunities of the Weekend go beyond the boundaries of any one faith expression.

Please note that WWME is faithful to the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching that marriage is a covenant that exists between one man and one woman. Any reference to marriage or couple made by WWME is in this context.

For more information on Worldwide Marriage Encounter, including the names of contacts in other geographic regions or for specific faith expressions, please click here; or call 1-800-795-LOVE (5683).

This website is for the Catholic Detroit Area Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

What happens at a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend?

A series of presentations is given by a team of married couples and clergy in the faith expression of the weekend (priest, rabbi, minister). Each presentation allows you and your spouse a rare 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. The weekend starts at 8:00 on Friday night and runs until about 5:00 on Sunday afternoon.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has over 40 years experience enriching marriages. Outside of Detroit, the WWME weekend is offered in 90 different countries in over a dozen languages.

Is this a private weekend?

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, husband and wife have time in the privacy of their room for their own personal discussion.

How does a Worldwide 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.

What is the cost of the weekend?

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a tax-exempt organization. The Internal Revenue Service has ruled that donations made in connection with the weekend, including the non-refundable deposit, are deductable to the extent the contribution exceeds the amount of goods and services received. Information as to that amount is given to couples attending the weekend.

Contributions made on or in connection with the encounter weekend are kept confidential.

How do I get more information?

Still need more information about Catholic Worldwide Marriage Encounter in Detroit area? Please click here.

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