is the heart of the family. All areas of married life – rearing
children, caring for elderly relatives etc – are based on
a harmonious relationship between husband and wife. Therefore,
it is essential for
spouses to review the state of their marriage once in a while,
as well as to renew their relationship regularly through honest, deep
Original Marriage Encounter provides
a unique opportunity for couples to renew their marriage through
honest, open communication. Participants
are invited to listen to talks by team couples, who share how they
have faced different situations in their married life. Presentations
are followed by periods of quiet reflection and couple sharing about
handout questions. The two-day programme also includes Holy Mass
and prayers led by a Catholic priest.
conducted within the Catholic Church, the programme is open to everyone
who wants to sincerely encounter self, others
Marriage Encounter, created by Fr
Gabriel Calvo, has spread in numerous variations in many countries
of the world. The most widely known
version of the programme is Worldwide Marriage Encounter, associated
with the name of Chuck Gallagher SJ.
In some countries, however, the Original Marriage
Encounter is also
available. In El Salvador, Hungary, Japan, Slovakia, Venezuela, etc.
many years’ experience has shown that the Original
along with other programmes by Fr Gabriel Calvo, is an extremely
effective means not only of strengthening marriages but also of evangelization
among Christians and non-Christians as well.