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Nominations Received from All Over Country for 2012 Longest Married Couples Project

Contact: Dick & Diane Baumbach, Worldwide Marriage Encounter, 321-544-3440, dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Oct. 18, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Nominations have been submitted from all over the country for the longest married couple project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original faith-based marriage enrichment program in this country.

That's the latest report from Dick & Diane Baumbach and Fr. Dick Morse, who serve as the North American Weekend Pillar for the WWME movement. They are overseeing the project on behalf of WWME.  "What has been amazing is how many younger couples are nominating their parents for the honor," explained the Weekend Pillar leaders. "We've also had folks nominate themselves as well as friends of couples who have been married for many, many years," they added.

Plans call for Scott & Karen Seaborn and Fr, Tom Griffith, SVD, the United States Ecclesial Team for WWME, to personally present the longest married couple in the United States with special gifts during February 2012. The individual state winners will receive a special certificate of achievement from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement.  Thus far almost half the states are represented, with couples nominated from every region of the country.

"This project is being done to honor the commitment of married couples and to give hope to younger couples that they can have long and lasting marriages," the Baumbachs and Fr. Morse said.

Nominations, which are open to all husband and wife couples regardless of faith expression, may be submitted by email, regular mail or by calling a special phone number. 
The contact information for sending in a nomination, which simply requires the name of the couple, their wedding date and where they currently reside plus a phone or email address,  is as follows: email dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net; regular mail Dick & Diane Baumbach 1430 Scorpious Ct. Merritt Island, FL 32953 and special phone number 321-453-2475.  Nominations must be received by January 10th, 2012.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 43 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 over 90 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.  It 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 you can call 1-800-795-LOVE (English) and 1-800-599-AMOR (Spanish), or contact the WWME Office at (909) 863-9963.