Path to a Blessed Marriage

A weekend retreat for married couples based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius.The Path to a Blessed Marriage retreat offers you a rare opportunity to reflect together on God’s plan for your lives, to renew your marital love and to deepen your spiritual intimacy. This retreat is the collaborative effort of the Regnum Christi movement and the Family Life Office. The retreat includes:

  • Directed meditations based on the themes and dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises
  • Conferences focused on enhancing your dialogue with God and with each other
  • Ample time for couples to reflect and examine together
  • Step-by-step instructions and guidance to Ignatian spirituality
  • Opportunities to receive the Sacraments and quiet time for adoration together

For more information on upcoming retreat weekends – please contact the Family Life Office at


Our office supports the efforts of Retrouvaille (which means “rediscovery”). Retrouvaille is a weekend program with follow-ups, for couples whose marriage is in serious difficulty or trouble. If there is little or no meaningful communication, or if you are considering separation or divorce, we believe Retrouvaille can help.

The program offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. It has a proven track record in successfully saving marriages. It is a Catholic-based program open to people of all faiths.

Retrouvaille weekends take place throughout the tri-state area. Please check the Retrouvaille website for specific dates and locations:

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

The Marriage Encounter weekend is a positive, private experience for married couples who want to work at revitalizing their marriage, whether married in a religious or civil ceremony. The weekend is designed to enrich and deepen the joys a couple share together and is beneficial to couples of all ages and years married, from a short time to many years.

For more information, visit or call, (877) NYS-WWME ext. 3 (1-877-697-9963)

Catholic Marriage Coaching

Looking to strengthen your marriage and learn to love one another with greater intimacy, joy and faith?  Catholic Marriage Coaching may be the right answer for you.  For more information, or to ask about a free phone trial session, visit or contact Claudia Cortez directly at or 845-642-4876.

USCCB Marriage and Family Life Website

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers many helpful resources for married couples including the “For Your Marriage” website.  Here you can find practical help and advice – whether you’re seriously dating, engaged, or at any stage of married life. The homepage has Daily Marriage Tips, book reviews, and blogs by engaged and married couples.

World Marriage Day
honors and affirms the vocation of husbands and wives and the positive impact of their dedicated example on our society, families, communities, Church, and nation.

World Marriage Day will be February 9th, 2020.  Each year on World Marriage Day, the Archdiocese of New York celebrates by running a search honoring the “Longest Married” couples in the Archdiocese.  

To enter: Couples must be sacramentally married for a minimum of 65 years and reside in the Archdiocese of New York. 

The longest married couples will receive commemorative certificates signed by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan.  The winning couple will be interviewed and featured in an article in Catholic New York. Winners are determined by how long the couple has been married as of World Marriage Day, February 9th, 2020.

Email entries can be sent directly to FLRLEvents@nyfamilylife.orgThe deadline for entries is Sunday, January 19th, 2020.

Please note that this program is not the same as our annual celebration of those couples within the Archdiocese who have reached their Golden Anniversary of 50 years of marriage. For information on this very special event, see below.

Catholic Couple Checkup


Catholic Couple Checkup is an online tool designed to identify the unique relationship strengths and growth areas of dating, engaged, or married couples.  This “checkup” is meant to be an enjoyable and easy way to take a closer look at a couple’s relationship, increase their relationship strengths, and above all – spark meaningful conversation.  It is designed for any couple desiring to enrich their relationship.

Couple Checkup

To find out more about the Catholic Couple Checkup click here.

Wine & Cheese Event

Wine and Cheese Mixer for Newly-Married Couples

Who:    Couples married in the Catholic Church (the first 5 years)
When:  Friday, November 22nd (7:00 – 9:00 PM)
Where: The Catholic Center at NYU (238 Thompson St., NYC)
What:   Re-experience your wedding day! Join other newly-married couples for an evening of wine, socializing, and reflecting on the grace and joy you received at your wedding in this mystery of Marriage. Fr. Matthew Ernest will walk you through this special reflection. It will be an evening not to be missed!
Cost:   $20 per couple

Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary

Couples in the Archdiocese of New York who are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in the present calendar year are invited to the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Mass. For information about the 2020 Mass please contact the Special Events Office at the Archdiocese by calling 646-794-2000 or emailing . This is a special opportunity to publicly recognize the powerful witness of the importance and permanence of marriage.

The 2020 Golden Jubilee Wedding Mass will be held on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 2:30pm at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

This event provides a meaningful spiritual experience for the Jubilarians and their families. During the liturgy, the Jubilarian Couples have the opportunity as a group to renew their wedding vows and receive a blessing at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

We congratulate our Jubilee couples on their beautiful testament to life-long love and fidelity!

Papal Blessing

Couples may desire a Papal blessing (a blessing from the Pope) to commemorate a special anniversary. Receiving this may take months following a request. For more information and to complete the application process, please click here.

Marriage Team

Marriage Ministries Coordinator


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