New North American Secretariat Ecclesial Team Selected by Worldwide Marriage Encounter
HOUSTON, Texas, Aug. 1, 2018 /Christian Newswire
/ -- The Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) communities of Canada and the United States announced today the selection of a new ecclesial team for the North American Secretariat (NASET). They are Joe & Sue Talarico of Concord, California and Fr Salvador Ahumada of Alberta, Canada.
The North American Secretariat oversees Worldwide Marriage Encounter in the United States and Canada. Together these countries, and their territories, are interdependent in providing services to those who attend the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends as well as other marriage enrichment programs sponsored by WWME. A form of communication based on writing and sharing feelings is central to this experience. Couples learn how to connect at a deeper level and how to keep love growing over the years.
For Joe & Sue and Fr. Salvador, the WWME weekend experience is the beginning of a process to bring married couples closer together as their Sacrament of Matrimony unfolds. The weekend is also offered to priests and highlights their Sacrament of Holy Orders.
Joe & Sue, who are married 41 years, experienced their original weekend in 2005 in California. They have been involved with WWME in various leadership roles for the past 13 years, including most recently overseeing the entire United States WWME ministry. Prior to that they served as the Region 12 leadership team. Fr. Salvador attended his original weekend in 1994. He has been an ordained priest for 29 years. He has presented numerous Spanish speaking weekends and has served as a cadre priest for team training weekends. Most recently he served as the ecclesial leadership priest for the Canadian Region 6 area, which includes all the Alberta, Canada area.
"We just celebrated last month, in Chicago, the anniversary of our first 50 years of Worldwide Marriage Encounter. We are humbled as we look forward to leading North America into the next 50 years and beyond. We continue to proclaim the value of the Sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders, by changing our world one couple, one priest, one religious at a time,” the NASET ecclesial team said.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 50 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 more than 95 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. WWME also supports priests in fulfilling their role within the Sacrament of Holy Orders. It offers tools for building and maintaining strong, Christian marriages and relationships in today’s world. To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends online, go to wwme.org
, or you can contact the WWME Office at (909) 332-7309.
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