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

Information on upcoming retreat weekends will be posted on this webpage – 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 (75%). It is a Catholic-based program open to people of all faiths.

Retrouvaille weekends are held in the New York metropolitan area, in New Jersey, on Long Island, and in Connecticut. For more information, please visit the Retrouvaille website.

  • Retrouvaille weekends on Long Island.
    For more information on these weekends or to register, please call (516) 427-5474 or email Jim & Kathleen Aspenleiter.
  • Retrouvaille weekends in northern New Jersey.
    For more information, please call Marie Ryan, Family Life Office – Diocese of Paterson, NJ, at (973) 777-8818. To register, please contact Linda & David Blaskey at (973) 723-7090.
  • Retrouvaille weekends in Newark, NJ.
    For more information or to register, please call John & Karen Panariello at (732) 276-7695.
  • For additional information about weekends in New Jersey, please contact Fr. Claude Lenehan, OFM – Holy Cross Friary, Bronx, NY, at (718) 378-1170.

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)

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 is February 10th, 2019. Each year on World Marriage Day, the Archdiocese of New York celebrates by running a search and honoring the “Longest Married” couples in the Archdiocese. All of the couples registered in the Longest Married couple search are awarded a commemorative certificate signed by Cardinal Dolan. Parishes often recognize married couples and give special honor to those celebrating major anniversaries or who are longest married during a Sunday Mass in February. The list of all the couples in the “search”, as well as an article featuring the winning couple will be printed in an edition of Catholic New York.
To enter: Couples must be sacramentally married for a minimum of 65 years and reside in the Archdiocese of New York.

Email entries can be sent to the Family Life Office at For questions, contact the Family Life Office at 646-794-3190.

The deadline for entries is 1/24/2019.

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 – 50 years of marriage. For information on this very special event, see below.

Catholic Couple Checkup Giveaway

In celebration of World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week, The Family Life office will be offering 100 free codes for Catholic Couple Checkup to the first 100 married couples who register through the month of February 2019.

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.

Unpacking the Mystery of Marriage

On Friday evening, February 8th, 2019, the Family Life Office will host a wine and cheese gathering: “Unpacking the Mystery of Marriage” (in English) at St. Joseph’s Seminary from 7:00 to 9:00 PM with special guest speaker, Fr. Matthew Ernest. The cost is $20.00 per couple. Assuring fun, fellowship and faith, this evening gathering of newly married couples (couples in their first year of marriage) will focus on their period of accompaniment as they discover what it means to fully participate in the mystery of Marriage. To register, click below.

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 2019 Mass please contact the Special Events Office at the Archdiocese by calling 646-794-2000. This is a special opportunity to publicly recognize the powerful witness of the importance and permanence of marriage.

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

Joan Brisson
Marriage Ministries Coordinator


Family Life † Respect Life