TAMPA, Fla., May 15, 2016 /Christian Newswire
/ — The 2016 Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) Conference/Convention that will be held at the Tampa (FL) Convention Center from June 17 to 19, 2016 is now open to all married couples, it was announced today.
The convention, which will feature Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott and their special marriage program, will have Bishop Bill Skylstad, the North American leadership priest, deliver the keynote address.
Les and Leslie’s vision for building stronger, life-long marriages is to equip a band of more than a million marriage mentors who walk alongside less experienced couples. Research reveals that marriage mentoring is one of the best things we can do to cut the divorce rate and improve marriages – whether couples are engaged, newly married or married for decades.
The Parrotts have been featured in USA Today and the New York Times. Their television appearances include CNN, The View, The O’Reilly Factor, The Today Show and Oprah.
Bishop Skylstad is an American Roman Catholic Bishop. He is Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane in Washington retiring in 2010. He is a former President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and he currently serves as the North American Secretariat Ecclesial Team with Gene & Maggie Tokraks.
The WWME North American convention is held every two years and brings together couples who have experienced a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. This year’s convention is being opened to married couples who have not been on a WWME weekend so they can see the benefits of going on the regular WWME marriage enrichment experience.
In addition, to the 3 day conference/convention, which includes programs for children and youths, there will also be a Priest Day experience on Friday, June 17th at the Tampa Convention Center. That special program focuses on inspiring and supporting priests who have been part of the WWME weekend. That program will also be open to priests who have not been on the regular WWME weekend experience.
Married couples interested in registering for the conference/convention should go to wwme2016.org and sign up for the very special three day event. Couples can also learn more about WWME by going to wwme.org.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 48 years and is considered the original faith-based marriage enrichment program. The programs are continually updated to keep abreast of changes in society, and WWME now offers evening and half-day programs that are presented at parishes and other church facilities. The weekend program, traditionally presented as an overnight experience at a hotel or retreat center, can also be presented at the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in almost 100 countries, which makes it the largest pro-marriage movement in the world. In North America, the WWME programs are presented in English, Spanish, French, and Korean languages.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other. Priests are also encouraged to attend a WWME weekend, which offers insights into their relationship with the church and their parishioners, and how their Sacrament of Holy Orders interacts with the Sacrament of Matrimony. WWME offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today’s world. To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends online, go to wwme.org
, or contact the WWME national office at 909-332-7309.