Marriage Enrichment Ministry


The St. Joachim Marriage Enrichment Ministry is dedicated to creating opportunities for married couples to strengthen and nourish their marital relationship.

Have a question or comment? Contact Kevin & Sylvia Smith

The Catholic Church cares about marriage. The Second Vatican Council said, “The well-being of the individual person and of human and Christian society is intimately linked with the healthy condition of that community produced by marriage and family” (Gaudium et Spes. . . , no. 48). Marriage is a gift to society.

The Catholic Church cares about your marriage. Every marriage witnesses to God’s faithful, fruitful, and lasting love for His people. Marriage confers a myriad of benefits on a husband and wife, and on any children that they are blessed with. The Church provides many on-the-ground helps for couples to keep their marriages strong, happy, and holy.  

Resources For Your Marriage:

Find marriage support in your local area by visiting the Marriage Support Map and choosing your state.

Browse a list of marriage enrichment programs to find one that could benefit your marriage.

“Real Couples, Real Stories”: Read blogs written by Catholic married couples at various stages in their marriage.

Browse the archive of Daily Marriage Tips.

Browse through the archives of monthly Book Reviews.

Sign up for the Marriage Monthly e-newsletter to receive new content from the For Your Marriage site. 

Willwoods Married Couples Retreat: August 24th and 25th

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans

Would you like to break away with your spouse and spend quality time enriching your marriage? Then join us on our upcoming Married Couples Retreat at the newly renovated St Joseph Abbey’s Christian Life Retreat Center in Covington, LA on August 24-25, 2019.
A Married Couples Retreat does not mean that someone is failing but rather it is a falling into the arms of our Lord. It is a weekend dedicated to giving you and your beloved the opportunity to find rest, strength, and enrichment, which is something we all need! A once a year commitment to attending a retreat as a couple is a great habit that will bless and deepen your love for God and each other! 
To register call (504) 830-3716 or visit A suggested donation is requested but not required. Cost should never be a reason why a couple cannot make a weekend!