AMS Holds Marriage Enrichment Retreat

Catholic U.S. Military couples on Marriage Enrichment Retreat with Archbishop Timothy Broglio, in Palazzo di Assisi, December 2019.

Twenty Catholic couples based at U.S. Military installations throughout Germany and Italy spent the weekend in Assisi at a Marriage Enrichment Retreat sponsored by the AMS. The Dec. 6-8 retreat took place on a sunny hillside in Palazzo di Assisi, about an eight-minute drive from the center of town, at the local Diocesan Retreat Center, known as Villa Santa Tecla.

Dr. Mark Moitoza, AMS Vice-Chancellor for Evangelization, said the retreat was meant to give military couples “an opportunity to step away from their busy lives, where they’re constantly moving forward, to have an opportunity to reflect on the gift of love in their life, and the gift of Christ in their marriage.” He added, “It’s a way to look at marriage as a process, look at intimacy, look at compatibility, communication, and commitment. Those are the areas of focus, where couples have an opportunity over the weekend to dialogue with one another.”

The Marriage Enrichment Retreat in Assisi was the fourth of its kind the AMS has sponsored for Catholic military couples over the past two years, and the first ever held in Europe. Fresh from his ad limina visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week, Archbishop Broglio came from Rome to take part in the retreat and celebrate Mass with participating couples.