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Marriage Ministry

Provides a variety of resources and support networks for couples already living the Sacrament of Marriage.

Natural Family Planning

The Office for Marriage and Family Life promotes Natural Family Planning as a highly effective, maritally enriching, spiritually enlightening, and moral means of planning one’s family and we are here to help you not only to understand the Church’s teachings but to learn the NFP method of your choice and to support you in your ongoing living out of your marital promise.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounter's mission of renewal in the Church and change in the world is to assist couples and priests to live fully intimate and responsible relationships, by providing them with a Catholic "experience", and ongoing community support for such a lifestyle." (WWME, Milwaukee / Madison / Rockford Dioceses) The Archdiocese of Milwaukee promotes numerous Marriage Encounter weekends each year. For more information, please visit their website


Jubilee Celebrations

For over 100 years, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has hosted a Jubilee Celebration for couples celebrating 25, 50+ and 60+ years of marriage. The celebration includes a Mass, with one of the bishops as the homilist and celebrant, special music, and a special blessing and reception. If you will be celebrating your 25th, 50+  or 60+ anniversary any time in 2020, you are invited to attend the next Jubilee Celebration, date TBD.


Elizabeth Ministry

Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement designed to support women and their families during the joys, challenges and sorrows of the childbearing years. The Elizabeth Ministry mission is to cherish children, encourage families and build community. We offer support, mentoring, educational materials, spiritual nourishment and inspirational resources. Elizabeth Ministry Chapters exist across the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia and Central American countries. For more information please visit their website at

Many parishes in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee currently have active Elizabeth Ministries. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact the Office for Marriage and Family Life at 414-758-2215.



Retrouvaille is a ministry for hurting marriages. The program is offered in English or Spanish in 150 countries worldwide. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry, a ministry of hope. The team couples, by sharing their own lives, give other couples hope. What is important is that struggling couples are willing to work to keep their marriages going.

Retrouvaille is a ministry of the local church. In southeastern Wisconsin, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has partnered with the diocese of Green Bay to endorse the program and to enable Retrouvaille to operate. Please contact Betsy and Willie Gonwa 414-259-0565 for more information or click here for local Retrouvaille information.

Retrouvaille has been proven to be helpful for many couples. Surveys show that approximately 70% of participating couples have been significantly helped by the program.

If your marriage is hurting, please consider Retrouvaille.

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Contact Us

Mary Mueller
Director of Marriage and Family Life

Emily Burds
Associate Director

Tori Franke
Program and Events Coordinator, NFP Consultant

Merridith Frediani
Administrative Assistant


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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408