RETROUVAILLE (Assistance for Marriages in Distress)
"Retrouvaille is a lifeline for struggling married couples..."
Retrouvaille is an international community of disciples committed to the continued healing of marriages in distress. The leaders are empowered by the Holy Spirit to share their stories, talents and gifts in order to promote and spread this healing ministry. Retrouvaille is a place where hurting couples find peace and hope with a passionate group of other married couples.
The word Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi) is a French word meaning rediscovery. This peer-to-peer program offers couples the tools they need to rediscover a loving 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 6-12 post-weekend sessions over a three-month period. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again. The main emphasis of the program is on establishing and enhancing communication between husband and wife. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way.
Retrouvaille is not a retreat, marriage counseling, marriage self-help or a sensitivity group. There are neither group dynamics nor group discussions on the weekend. It is not a time for hurting – it is a time for healing. The Retrouvaille program is designed specifically for couples with marital problems including those who are considering marriage separation and those who are already separated or divorced who want marriage help.
Some couples come to Retrouvaille during the initial signs of marriage problems. Other couples are in a state of despair and hopelessness when they attend the program. These latter couples often consider the Retrouvaille program their final option. Retrouvaille works when both spouses are open to the program. Many consider this program to be like a self help marriage seminar. This website features the stories of many couples that were successful in turning around troubled marriages.
Each story deals with a different marital problem. Some talk about a cheating spouse involved in extramarital affairs. Others highlight couples who are trying to minimize the effects of divorce on a child. The effects of divorce, or even marriage separation can have profound and lasting impact on children. Many marriage counselors refer their clients to this program to compliment their marriage family counseling. In addition to a desire to heal, learning how to use communication in marriage can be a key element needed to save marriage from divorce.
Finally, studies show that healthy marriages lead to longer, more productive, more enjoyable lives. You owe it to yourself and your family to try EVERYTHING to restore your marriage. The Bible tells us faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” When a marriage is in the depths of despair, or even if there isn’t enough passion left to really care about each other, Retrouvaille can help you recover the lost love and rebuild that foundation. Ending a marriage is no guarantee of future happiness. In fact, unless the problems and habits that entered your current relationship are addressed, it is unlikely moving on to other people will bear much fruit.
You already have so much time, effort, energy and emotion invested in your marriage. Before “I do” becomes “I did,” invest one more weekend together in what we promise will be a life-changing experience. And, after completing the weekend and the post sessions, if you aren’t completely satisfied with the changes to your relationships, you can have your old marriage back. ;-)
To get started in getting your marriage back on track, contact Greg and Patricia Mueller, our Parish Representatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org