Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)

Married life can be difficult; sometimes the pain of the trails and hardships can be unbearable. In Christ and in his Church, we can find the peace that our hearts need and the tools to help us not only survive but thrive living out our vocation to married life.
Contact one of the ministries below for assistance. If you wish to speak to a priest or deacon, contact your neighborhood parish.

Professional Counseling

Individual or couples counseling can be a great support for troubles related to marriage and family, and/or a way to flourish more in marriage and family.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio updates and maintains a list of Catholic mental health professionals (PDF) who are certified and/or licensed to provide counseling. They are also committed Catholics.

If you are a mental health professional who would like to be added to our directory, please use this link to fill out an application.


Retrouvaille of San Antonio

(Pronounced: retro-vi with a long i) Designed to provide the tools to help get marriages back on track. It gives the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine lives together in a new and positive way. See the  Retrouvaille of San Antonio website for more information.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter, San Antonio

Provides couples a unique opportunity how they are living the sacrament of matrimony. The program emphasizes open, honest and loving communication to help couples deal with daily stress.

Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial (Retiro de Fin De Semana)

El Fin de Semana de Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial es una experiencia positiva y personal que ofrece a esposo y esposa, una oportunidad para aprender una técnica de comunicación amorosa que pueden usar por el resto de sus vidas. Es un tiempo para compartir sus sentimientos, esperanzas y sueños con el otro.

Spiritual Retreats (For Men or For Women)

Acts Missions

Spreads the Gospel of Jesus Christ among Catholic communities by promoting, consulting in, facilitating and coordinating ACTS retreats.

Cursillos of Christianity

Cursillo (short course) is a 3-day weekend with talks presented by laity and the clergy. It provides the tools for living what is fundamental to living a Christian life and a means for preserving what is learned on the weekend. Weekends are available in English or Spanish. De Colores!

St. Peter Upon the Water

Two quiet houses are available for individual retreats.

Spiritual Direction

St. Peter Upon the Water (A Center for Spiritual Direction And Formation)

Open to all persons seeking spiritual direction. Two quiet houses are available for individual retreats. To see a listing of spiritual directors and their parish location, click here.

Resources for Marriages

For additional marriage resources and a list of national organizations, click here.

At-Home Online Retreat

Download our digital booklets, including a seven-day retreat with daily reflections for couples in English and in Spanish.
Please find general printing  instructions here.

Questions or Comments?

Barry Schoedel
Director for Family Evangelization & Faith Formation