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What is Marriage Encounter?

The emphasis of Marriage Encounter is on communication between husband and wife. In a weekend together, away from the distractions of everyday life, the couple will discover a way to communicate that will help them stay focused on their relationship.


Marriage Encounter is designed to give married couples the opportunity to examine their lives together

…a time to share their feelings, their hopes, disappointments, joys and frustrations

…and to do so openly and honestly in a face-to-face, heart to heart encounter with the one person they have chosen to live with for the rest of their lives.


·         The couple listens to a series of presentations by a priest and one of three couples.

·         Couples will then have the opportunity to reflect and discuss in the privacy of their own rooms.

·         There is NO group sharing.

·         This is not a retreat or group sensitivity or a marriage clinic.



It is a unique approach to revitalizing Christian Marriages!



This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together, to discover each other and together focus on your relationship.

Every couple deserves this kind of attention!


Who is it For?

Any married couple who desires a richer, fuller life together. Marriage Encounter is designed to deepen and enrich the joys a couple shares together, whether they have been married a short time or for many years. Marriage Encounter also provides support and encouragement to priests and religious who are dedicated to their vocation in life.  WWME is faithful to the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching that marriage is a covenant that exists between one man and one woman. Any reference to marriage or couple made by WWME is in this context. 

Do You Have To Be Catholic?

The weekend is Catholic in orientation and is expressed in the tradition and understanding of the Catholic Church. It is open to all, so a certain number of spaces are reserved each weekend for couples of other faiths. 

What Happens At ….
A Worldwide Marriage Encounter?

A team of Catholic couples and a Catholic priest gives a series of presentations. Each presentation allows you both a rare opportunity to look at yourself as individuals, then to look at your marriage and your relationship, finally to look at your relationship with God, the Church and the world. The weekend starts at 8 PM on Friday night and continues until 4:30 PM on Sunday afternoon. 

Does The Weekend Respect….
The Couple’s Privacy?

YES! The weekend is designed for the couple’s privacy. Each couple concentrates on their own relationship. The only sharing is between husband and wife. The presentations are given to the whole group. After each presentation, couples go to the privacy of their own rooms for their won personal discussion.

How Does Marriage Encounter…
Enhance A Marriage?

The encounter weekend teaches a communication technique which permits each couple time to explore important areas of their relationship in a spirit of love and understanding.

By continuing to use this newly acquired technique begun on the weekend, couples continue to grow closer together to live more joyful and purposeful lives.

When and Where?

Marriage Encounter Weekends are held regularly at local motels and retreat houses. Reservations should be made as early as possible to secure a place on the weekend.

What Does Marriage Encounter Cost?

A $75.00 nonrefundable application fee is required. At the end of the weekend each couple is given a blank envelope and asked to make a donation. No one is ever refused the opportunity to make a weekend because of lack of funds.

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Worldwide Marriage Encounter Application Form

Name (His)                                   Hers                                             Last


City                                         State                                                   Zip Code

___________________         _____________________
Telephone                                                Email

___________________         _____________________
Wedding Date                                           Weekend Desired

___________________        _____________________
His: Religious Affiliation / Church               Hers: Religious Affiliation  /  Church

$75.00 Non-Refundable Application Fee. Check Enclosed   Yes   No     
For more information call: 813-270-7832
Make checks payable to: Worldwide Marriage Encounter          
Mail to: 3608 Umber Road, Holiday, FL 34691
Application Fee may also be submitted on-line at our secure server

How did you hear about the Marriage Encounter weekend__________________________

Upcoming 2017 Weekends

Apr 21-23, Venice
May 5- 7 Tampa
Details and other Weekends

For general questions about World Wide Marriage Encounter of Tampa Bay contact Area Coordinators
Pat and Valerie Burns
For weekend application information call Pat & Debbie Powers 813-270-7832  Or contact them by email
For a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend outside the Tampa Bay area: Visit the WWME National Site

Special Links

>>  World Marriage Day

>>  World Priest Day

>>  A Brief History

>>  Weekend Survey

>>  The Pope on Marriage

>>  Diocese of Saint Petersburg


WWME Links

>>  WWME National Site

>>  WWME Section 5


Related Links

>>  Encounter Resource Library

>>  For Your Marriage

>>  Retrouvaille

>>  Engaged Encounter

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