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.

Local Resources

The following is a list of marriage enrichment programs and resources that are currently present in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

LOVESTRONG Marriage Retreats

The LOVESTRONG Marriage Retreat is a weekend packed with special presentations, exercises, music, and activities designed to reinforce each couple’s commitment to each other and a deepening of their Christ-centered bond. Available in English and Spanish at multiple parish locations this fall:

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 next retreat is happening September 6-8, 2024.

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

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter is happening on June 2-4, 2023 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish (directions). This first annual parish weekend will present the same presentations as on an overnight weekend retreat, but couples will go home and return in the morning. Give the gift of a deeper love relationship to your Marriage that can change your life. Application fee is $200/couple. An opportunity for a free-will donation will be given. Space is limited.

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 25 al 27 de agosto y noviembre 17 al 19 en la Iglesia del Santísimo Sacramento.

Beyond Cana®

Friday, October 13-Sunday, October 15
Oblate Renewal Center

The Beyond Cana Retreat begins Friday evening at 4:45 PM, October 13th and ends Sunday, October 15th after the mid morning Mass.

Cost is $329.00 per couple and includes lodging for two nights at Oblate Renewal Center, Oblate School of Theology, dinner Friday evening, light breakfasts (Sat. and Sun.), lunch (Sat.), and all the retreat materials. You will be on your own for dinner Saturday evening. A deposit of $165.00 will hold your reservation and you can make your deposit on Limited spaces available.

Accommodations at the Oblate Renewal Center will be available one day prior (12 Oct) and one day after (16 Oct) the retreat if you are considering travelling to this retreat and making an extended weekend trip to San Antonio. For further information please contact [email protected].

Scholarships available – if you are interested in the scholarship please contact [email protected] to apply.

Deposit: Make your deposit of $165.00 to hold your reservation by September 19. Please make your deposit online if you need to make other payment arrangements please use the contact us form on our homepage. Cancellations must be received no later than 19 September. God Bless and we look forward to seeing you in October!

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.

Questions or Comments?

Barry Schoedel
Director for Family Evangelization & Faith Formation