Retrouvaille is often recognized in the media.  Here are some of the latest headlines:   

6 November 2021:  Pope praises group helping married couples overcome crisis

Vatican News

Pope Francis met with members of the Retrouvaille association, a worldwide group that helps married couples in crisis find ways to address the root problems in their relationships and move towards healing and renewal. The Pope expressed his gratitude for their commitment and encouraged them to persevere in this important outreach.

6 November 2021:  Crisis in marriage is an 'opportunity', not a 'curse'

Catholic News Agency

Pope Francis on Saturday praised the worldwide Christian marriage ministry Retrouvaille for giving spouses the opportunity to overcome crises in their relationship and grow as a couple.

28 May 2021:  Catholic Diocese of Victoria to host gala focusing on marriage and family

The Victoria Advocate

Couples involved in marriage ministry throughout the Catholic Diocese of Victoria gathered in January for the first time in one place to bolster each other on their journeys to offer support, enrichment and healing for marriages.   

22 January 2021:  Retreat "a lifeline" for troubled marriages

The Catholic Sprit

At one point in their nearly 38-year marriage, Andy and Deirdre Jameson sought help from Twin Cities Retrouvaille, which helps couples in struggling marriages. Today, as co-community coordinators at Retrouvaille, they help other couples who need assistance with their marriages.  

10 Best Marriage Counseling Retreats in the US for 2021


Marriage retreats give couples the chance to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Removed from the stresses of children, careers, and housework, couples get the opportunity to work on themselves.

21 November 2020:  Sheltering in place together  - can my relationship survive it? 

The Good Men Project

Ask each other how you are feeling.  "Fine" is not an acceptable answer.

30 July 2020:  Retrouvaille International going virtual to help struggling marriages in Montana

Montana Right

As local events continue adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, one service for struggling marriages statewide is going virtual this weekend.  Retrouvaille International is hosting a worldwide virtual weekend for couples struggling in their marriages.

23 August 2020:  Married couples find each other again at retreat

Victoria Advocate

"We want all couples to know that God doesn't want you to suffer and the Church doesn't want you to suffer in marriage.  God wants your marriage to be joyful, and this program help couples find it."

4 April 2019:  Retrouvaille:  "Married Couples" spirituality

"I realize now what counselors lacked was spirituality!" The women who made this comment at the end of a Retrouvaille weekend for hurting marriages reflected the deep hunger for a meaningful spirituality in our society today.

3 December 2018:  LIMEY PASTOR:  Hearts and ashes


One of the most useful groups, in my opinion, that exists in the Christian world is called “Retrouvaille” — a French term that means rediscovery and that is (a) God centered and (b) while being founded in the Catholic tradition also works with couples of other faiths and even none. The organization is made up of a peer network of other couples who have gone through their own travails and have gained some deep knowledge. I can speak for the effectiveness and helpfulness of Retrouvaille’s work personally.

11 May 2018:  Retrouvaille helps restore marriages

BC Catholic

Retrouvaille, developed in Canada in 1977, is a ministry for couples in tough times.

15 February 2018:  Retrouvaille gives hope for hurting marriages

Herald:  Malaysia Online

With the blessing of Archbishop Julian Leow and the efforts of Fr Edwin Peter, along with the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission’s Committee, the first Retrouvaille Weekend in Malaysia was held in Kuala Lumpur January 26 – 28, 2018.

22 August 2017:  Making a Better Marriage:  Red River Retrouvaille

 The Fargo Catholic Diocese has your back. Whether you’re a newlywed, a wannabe, an old-time expert or even someone who’s experienced the pain and loss of a divorce, they’re offering a new seminar called “Retrouvaille” coming in September.  

5 May 2017:  Program helps revitalize troubled marriages

“We had the divorce papers filled out, and we started talking to lawyers,” Paul said...  

14 February 2017:  How the Catholic Church supports marriages - every step of the way

Catholic News Agency

 "In some of the more difficult situations, where couples have sought aid from other resources to no avail, there is still support and hope for healing. Denise Felde, a presenter for Retrouvaille of Maryland / Washington DC, spoke to CNA about her organization, which has been helping heal marriages since the late 1970s."  

A Priest's Insight

Dear Friends in Christ, 

Last weekend I was away helping on my first Retrouvaille weekend. Using a pattern and approach similar to Marriage Encounter, RetrouvaiIle is a program for couples whose marriages are in trouble. I was asked [in the] spring if I would consider getting involved with RetrouvailIe, and through the summer I worked on my talks. Fortunately I was ready for October! 

Retrouvaille is more than a weekend. For a troubled couple the program starts with a rather intense time of self-discovery and learning to listen to one another; it continues with 6 to 12 post-weekend sessions over the following three months. There are also monthly support group meetings on an ongoing basis. 

The Retrouvaille program is authentically Canadian. lt started in Quebec about 30 years ago - hence the French name, which is from the verb retrouver, to find again or to rediscover. The movement very quickly spread to the U.S. (where it seems to be strongest) and has now become international with communities on five continents. That is a testimony to both the effectiveness of the program and to the need for a program like this to help couples in troubled or broken marriages. 

Couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program. I met some of those couples as they prepared for and cleaned up after the weekend; it was evident that their marriages are now healthy. As they spoke of their experience of Retrouvaille the word that came to my mind was "healing." For many couples, Retrouvaille has been a healing experience. 

However, Retrouvaille alone is not enough for everyone - things like counseling, support groups (e.g. AA), the sacrament of reconciliation, etc. are also part of the healing journey. 

Last weekend we had couples from different faith communities and at different stages in their marriage breakdown (from wondering if they had a problem to near despair). lt seemed to me that all of them found some help and saw some hope. I pray that the post-encounter sessions will continue and deepen what began on the weekend. 

I look forward to continuing my involvement in this healing ministry, and I invite you to pray for the Retrouvaille community and the couples who seek their help. 


Fr. David