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Marriage Ministry

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

Retrouvaille for Hurting Marriages

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.

The word Retrouvaille™ (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i.) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a long marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program.

The Retrouvaille Program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of post sessions over 6 weeks. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again. The main emphasis of the program is on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.

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.

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.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter - Retreat for Married Couples

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. 

We are sad to share that our annual Jubilee Mass is cancelled for October 2020 due to the pandemic and our desire to keep safety a priority. In lieu of cancelling, we are working with the Catholic Herald on publishing a spotlight series on couples in our Archdiocese who are celebrating a jubilee anniversary. If you have any couples in your parish community who are celebrating their 25th, 50th, or 50+ wedding anniversary, and who would like to be interviewed to share their story in the Herald, please have them contact Merridith Frediani at or 414-758-2201.

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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