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Marriage Enrichment

Marriage Enrichment

Marriage between a man and a woman establishes a partnership for life, and is by its nature ordered towards the good of the spouses and the procreation of life and education of offspring through Christ. God Himself is the author of marriage. Every marriage witnesses to God’s faithful, fruitful, and lasting love for His people.


“Be Light” Marriage Renewal Date Night Series

Join other Catholic couples in the Archdiocese of New York, and from around the country for a FREE virtual date night series! This 5-part virtual marriage enrichment and renewal series features five couples who will share very real tips for renewing your marriage during this unique time in our lives. This is our time as married (or engaged) couples to shine and be the light to those in our homes and communities.

Each date night will include a video from a dynamic couple, reflection questions, and recommended resources, and can be done at any time. To register, click here – and let your marriage BE LIGHT!

National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day

National Marriage Week – February 7-14, 2022!  This annual observance honors and affirms the vocation of marriage and the positive impact of their dedicated example on our society, families, communities, Church, and nation.

As part of the celebration of World Marriage Day (Feb 13, 2022), the longest married couples in the Archdiocese of New York are honored for their witness of love and fidelity in marriage. These couples who have been sacramentally married in the Church for 65 years or more exemplify the goodness of one of our most joyous Sacraments, Holy Matrimony. This year 35 couples were nominated! All couples registered in the search are awarded a commemorative certificate signed by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

Congratulations to this years ‘winner’ and longest-married couple in the archdiocese, Dr. Angelo Eugene and Myrtle Prisco, from Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Catharine parish in Pelham Manor, who are married 75 years! Myrtle Prisco attributes her longevity in life and marriage to Dr. Angelo Eugene Prisco to God’s goodness.  Click here to read more about them in Catholic New York.

This is not the same as our annual celebration for couples who have reached their Golden Anniversary – 50 years of marriage (see below).

Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary 

50th Wedding Anniversary

The Archdiocese of New York’s Golden Jubilee Wedding Mass took place on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 2:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Mass was for couples celebrating fifty years of marriage in 2022. His Eminence, Cardinal Dolan officiated.

For more information, contact the office of special projects and events at or 646-794-2000.

‘Local couples’ events

The Family Life Office sponsors events throughout the year that are centered around marriage and community. Please check back for upcoming programs that put the Sacrament of Marriage front and center.

Retreats for Married Couples

Pathway to a Blessed Marriage

A weekend retreat for married couples based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. This retreat offers you an opportunity to reflect together on God’s plan for your lives, renew your marital love and deepen your spiritual intimacy.

This retreat is offered by the Regnum Christi movement and includes reflections on marriage with opportunities for reconciliation, spiritual dialogue, couples time and adoration. The program is designed to give couples concrete tools to help deepen their understanding of themselves and their relationship, and the opportunity to have conversations that help a marriage flourish.

For more information on retreat weekends, please check the Regnum Christi website:


Our office supports the efforts of Retrouvaille (“rediscovery”). Retrouvaille is a weekend program with follow-ups for couples whose marriage is in serious difficulty. If there is little or no meaningful communication, or if you are considering separation or divorce, we believe Retrouvaille can help.

The program offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse and a loving relationship. It has a proven track record in saving marriages. It is a Catholic-based program open to people of all faiths.

Please check the Retrouvaille website for specific dates and locations:

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter is a positive, private experience for married couples who want to revitalize their marriage. The weekend is designed to enrich and deepen the joys a couple share together and is beneficial to couples of all ages and years married.

For more information, visit or call 877-NYS-WWME ext. 3 (877-697-9963).

Papal Blessing

Couples may desire a Papal blessing to commemorate a special anniversary. Receiving this may take months following a request. For more information and to complete the application process, click here

Additional Resources and Services
  • To find Counselors/Therapists, here are some options:
    • The Archdiocese of New York has a Catholic Charities Parish Counseling Network that is a network of clinicians providing short‐term, low-cost counseling. To be eligible for services through this network, you need to be Catholic, and affiliated with an Archdiocese of New York parish. To request this service, either contact your parish priest/deacon, or you can contact the Family Life Office at or 646-794-3188. For more information:
    • Additionally, you may want to contact your priest or deacon.
  • Catholic Marriage Coaching: Looking to strengthen your marriage and learn to love one another with greater intimacy, joy and faith?  Catholic Marriage Coaching may be the right answer for you. For more information, or to ask about a free phone trial session, visit or contact Claudia Cortez directly at or 845-642-4876.
  • Catholic Couple Checkup: This is an online tool designed to identify the unique relationship strengths and growth areas of dating, engaged, or married couples.  It is meant to be an enjoyable and easy way to take a closer look at a couple’s relationship, increase their relationship strengths, and above all, spark meaningful conversation. It is designed for any couple desiring to enrich their relationship. Find out more about Catholic Couple Checkup.
  • RetrouvailleOur office supports the efforts of Retrouvaille (“rediscovery”). Retrouvaille is a weekend program with follow-ups for couples whose marriages are in serious difficulty or trouble and in jeopardy of ending (due to past or present addiction, adultery, or other grave issues), and who want to make it work. The program offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse and a loving relationship in your marriage. It has a proven track record of saving marriages. It is a Catholic program open to people of all faiths. Retrouvaille weekends are held in the New York area in New Jersey, on Long Island and in Connecticut. Visit:
  • USCCB Marriage and Family Life Website: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers many helpful resources for married couples, including the “For Your Marriage” website.  Here you can find practical help and advice – whether you’re seriously dating, engaged, or at any stage of married life. The homepage has daily marriage tips, book reviews, and blogs by engaged and married couples.
  • Wedding anniversary certificates (25, 50 and 75 years) are ordered for couples by their parish.  The parish directly emails the Special Projects and Events Office at  Completed certificates will be mailed to the parish. Normally, three weeks advance notice is required.
  • Anniversary of Marriage booklets are available for purchase and use at Archdiocese of New York parishes.  Both English and Spanish versions are available (to parishes) through ICS on their website, or by calling 646-794-2600 where one of the ICS representatives will be more than happy to place your order for you.
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Suzanne Hammill, Assistant Director (Interim)