What a great blessing and opportunity it is for married couples to grow together as individuals and as spouses to make their marriage stronger!
Good marriages can always be made better! In Amoris Laetitia Pope Francis described marriage as a project to be worked on together and a process of growth. The Church provides many opportunities for spouses to deepen and refine their love for each other. The following are a few of these resources:
Resources and National Organizations
The organizations included in the list below are dedicated to creating time and space for marriages to grow, and for helping parents raise their children well. Make your marriage a priority by seeking out enrichment opportunities together. Disclaimer: This list has been published in the USCCB’s website “For Your Marriage”. Please note that the content on this page is provided solely for your information and should not be interpreted as an official endorsement of the organizations, programs, and websites listed. To the best of our knowledge, the information listed here did not conflict with Catholic teaching and was accurate at the time of posting.
The following is a list of marriage enrichment programs and resources that are currently present in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
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.
The Alexander House
Apostolate dedicated to marriage, family education, and enrichment by creating programs, resources and services to educate God’s plan for marriage. Marriage Disciples, Marriage and Family Therapy, Healing Hearts and Covenant of Love are among many programs and services.
LOCATION: 4414 Centerview Dr., Ste. 205, San Antonio, TX 78228 (Directions)
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (English), 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.
Marriage enrichment ministry prayerfully endeavors to provide lifelong tools to renew and strengthen Christ-centered marriages from a Catholic perspective with an understanding of marriage as sacrament.
The latest Beyond Cana® retreat begins Friday, October 7 at 5:00 PM and ends Sunday, October 9 after the midmorning Mass. Cost is $299.00 per couple and includes lodging for two nights at Oblate Renewal Center, Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX, dinner Friday evening, light breakfasts (Sat./Sun.), lunch (Sat.), and all the retreat materials. Limited spaces available. For more information, please visit our website or call Jo Anne and Dave Dimitriou at 210-618-6672 or send an email.
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. Las próximas fechas de retiro son del 21 al 23 de febrero, del 5 al 7 de junio y del 16 al 18 de octubre.
Movimiento Familiar Cristiano Católico USA
Es un ministerio en español de laicos asesorados por sacerdotes, diáconos y religiosas que unen a familias hispanas. El MFCC-USA ofrece reuniones de equipos con estudios de temas que promueven diálogo entre esposos e hijos, oración familiar y acción apostólica. Tiene servicio de encuentros conyugales, actividades días de campo, posadas, retiros de crecimiento y se promueve para que las parejas se casen por la iglesia.