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.
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.
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.
In celebration of Marriage, the Beyond Cana Marriage Outreach presents a couple’s date night on Thursday, April 21. The event will include an evening of music with David Kauffman, and an optional dinner prior to the concert at Oblate Renewal Center. To attend the concert, please register via Evite RSVP. If you also wish to go to the dinner also, please sign up here and pay by April 13, 2022. The price for the dinner is $35 per couple. The event is limited to 30 couples. For more information, please 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.