Common Questions About Marriage Encounter ...

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 the joy a couple shares, whether they have been married for a short time or many years. Priests and other religious are also encouraged to attend. You can sign up for a Marriage Encounter Weekend by going here: On-line Application

Why would priests or other religious attend?
The Marriage Encounter Weekend is designed so that both priests and religious can participate fully. The principles of love, commitment and effective communication readily translate to the relationship between a priest and any group to whom he ministers, as well as to a religious community. Priests who have made an Encounter weekend call the experience "life enhancing." Worldwide Marriage Encounter invites all priests to attend. Please take advantage of our process by which we can help you get a replacement for the weekend you choose to attend. Click here for more information on Encountering Your Priesthood (coming soon to our site). You can sign up for a Marriage Encounter Weekend by going here: On-line Application

Is there a specific religious orientation to the Weekend?
Marriage Encounter presents God as a focus for a successful marriage. There are many faith expressions of Marriage Encounter Weekends. While the Weekend may be presented in a given faith expression, each is open to couples from all faiths. You can sign up for a Marriage Encounter Weekend by going here: On-line Application

What happens at a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend?
A series of presentations are given by a team of married couples and a priest or minister, depending on the particular faith expression. After each presentation, participants are given time alone, in the privacy of their room, to digest and discuss the concepts presented and to use the communication tools that are taught, so that they can take their relationship to a new level and keep it growing year after year. The weekend starts at 8:00 p.m. Friday and runs until about 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Three meals are provided on Saturday and two meals on Sunday. You can sign up for a Marriage Encounter Weekend by going here: On-line Application

Does the Weekend respect the couple's privacy?
Yes. The weekend is structured for private couple interaction. You concentrate on your spouse to such an extent that you are hardly aware of others. Presentations are given to the group as a whole. After each presentation, the husband and wife have time for personal discussion in the privacy of their room. You can sign up for a Marriage Encounter Weekend by going here: On-line Application

How does a Marriage Encounter enhance a marriage?
Couples who attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter have the opportunity to go "off-line" to focus on each other, to deepen communication, to rekindle romance, to strengthen commitment, and to experience a greater understanding of God's plan for their marriage. The Weekend teaches a communication technique that permits couples to explore important areas of their relationship in a spirit of love and understanding. By continuing the technique after the Weekend, husbands and wives continue to grow closer. A community of others who have shared the Weekend and who share similar values is available after the Weekend. You can sign up for a Marriage Encounter Weekend by going here: On-line Application

How much does the Weekend cost?
No couple is turned away from a Marriage Encounter weekend for financial reasons. Finances should not influence your decision to attend a Marriage Encounter Weekend. Please contact us to sign up even if you cannot afford the application fee. A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required to confirm your space. This is necessary for us to reserve the rooms with the hotel and give them an accurate count. Early application is encouraged.

During the weekend, all couples are asked to make a voluntary donation. This donation is used to cover weekend expenses. You can sign up for a Marriage Encounter Weekend by going here: On-line Application

How do I get more information?
To have information sent to you, or to have someone call or e-mail you with more information, please contact Bill & Coco Watkin 207-668-4885.