Retrouvaille Ireland

A Lifeline for Marriages

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About Retrouvaille

Origins of Retrouvaille

Retrouvaille began in 1977 as a French language weekend for hurting marriages in the province of Quebec, Canada. It was adapted to English by the community in Toronto, who also revised and strengthened the contents of the weekend and developed the post-weekend programmes. From 1982, Retrouvaille has spread through the U.S.A., South America and from 1991 into many other countries around the world. Retrouvaille came to Ireland in 1996.

With over 40 years of service internationally, Retrouvaille is recognised as a leader in marriage ministries. Retrouvaille is a faith-based peer ministry that has been recognized as a private association of the Catholic Church and subscribes to the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.

Vision Statement

We believe that every marriage, a sacramantal 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 faithful to the Roman Catholic Church's teaching that marriage is a covenant that exists between one man and one woman. Any reference to marriage or couple made by Retrouvaille is in this context.

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.

Mission Statement

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.

Retrouvaille is a faith-based peer ministry, which specialises in working with sacramental marriages of one man and one woman.

Retrouvaille Logo

The logo indicates the "Lifeline" that is given to marriages, via Retrouvaille, to be healed through the Paschal Mystery of Christ's Death and Resurrection.