The Goals of Retrouvaille
The primary goal is to provide help for couples who live in the disappointment and pain of marriage problems.
The weekend provides a safe setting, encouraging couples to learn communication in marriage in a respectful manner.
The post-weekend phase of the Retrouvaille programme is as critical to a couple experiencing marital problems as the initial weekend experience. The degree of disappointment, deterioration and despair in hurting marriages cannot be healed in one weekend. Restoration takes time. The post-weekend sessions provide support as couples discuss concepts such as the importance of communication in marriage, intimacy, and many other topics.
Today's acceptance of divorce suggests that many friends, families, and church communities are providing only limited support for marriages. Retrouvaille is a programme that is solely dedicated to providing the necessary support to help save marriages.
We believe that every marriage, a union of one man and one woman, deserves the opportunity to survive, be healed and thrive as a covenant of life and love. Retrouvaille is the place where we, as hurting couples, found hope, and so we are passionately committed to dramatically increasing the number of couples served in both new and existing communities worldwide.
Retrouvaille is an International community of disciples committed to the continued healing of their marriages and, empowered by the Holy Spirit, sharing their stories, talents and gifts to promote and spread the healing ministry of Retrouvaille.
Pope Benedict's Address
In September 2008, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the participants of the International Meeting of Retrouvaille.