Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York


A weekend and follow-up sessions for stressed marriages put on by trained priest and married couples who have survived marital difficulties; not counseling or group therapy.

Q: What is Retrouvaille?

A: The word means “rediscover” for the program offers a chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving marriage.

Q: How is this different from Marriage Encounter?

A: Marriage Encounter is designed to make a good marriage better while Retrouvaille is designed to bring a failing marriage back to life.

Q: What situations can benefit from Retrouvaille?

A: If you or someone you know is thinking of separation or divorce, or are already separated but want to try again, Retrouvaille might be able to help. While this is a Catholic program, we welcome couples of all faiths. Since Retrouvaille is designed to help marriages, it is not recommended for those who are unmarried and living together.

Q: How does Retrouvaille work?

A: Retrouvaille holds a live-in weekend for married couples during which a series of presentations is given to the group of couples attending. The presentations address issues that might be causing marital difficulty and emphasize a communication technique.

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