Couples and Priests Worldwide Are Continuing to Register for the 50th Anniversary Worldwide Marriage Encounter Convention
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Jan. 29, 2018 /Christian Newswire
/ -- The number of couples and priests who are signing up for the 50th Anniversary Convention of Worldwide Marriage Encounter continues to increase on a daily basis with registrations coming from across the world, it was announced today by Peter & Sheila Oprysko and Fr. Tom Griffith, SVD, the convention leadership team.
"The convention theme is 'We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe' and what we are seeing are couples and priests registering from as far away as New Zealand and Korea along with many couples from the United States and Canada", the leadership team said.
One of the highlights leading up to the convention has been the 50 From Our 50 Project, which has been featured, via social media, a couple or priest who have either impacted or were impacted by their WWME experiences. The special stories are shown each week through the WWME Convention 2018 sites on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as Tumblr and in blogs.
"What we are seeing is so many couples signing up for the convention after they read the 50 From The 50 Project stories," the Opryskos and Fr. Griffith said adding, "Based on what we are seeing we expect well more than 500 couples and priests to attend this year's convention celebration."
There will be several unique programs and presentations during the weekend celebration of Worldwide Marriage Encounter from June 22 to 24, 2018 in Lombard, Illinois.
"What we are hearing and reading over and over is that WWME truly impacted the lives of tens of thousands of couples and priests. We hope that as many as possible will be at the 50th Anniversary of the movement. They can then share with others the wonderful adventures they have experienced as a result of the weekend," the convention leadership said.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 50 years and is considered the original faith-based marriage enrichment program. The programs are continually updated to keep abreast of changes in society, and WWME now offers evening and half-day programs that are presented at parishes and other church facilities. The weekend program, traditionally presented as an overnight experience at a hotel or retreat center, can also be presented at the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in almost 100 countries, which makes it the largest pro-marriage movement in the world. In North America, the WWME programs are presented in English, Spanish, French, and Korean languages.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other. Priests are also encouraged to attend a WWME weekend, which offers insights into their relationship with the church and their parishioners, and how their Sacrament of Holy Orders interacts with the Sacrament of Matrimony. WWME offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today's world. To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends online, go to wwme.org
, or contact the WWME national office at (909) 332-7309.