For Immediate Release
April 10, 2019
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – If you want to honor family or friends who have long marriages, now is the time to nominate them for the Longest Married Couple Project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), the original faith-based marriage enrichment program in this country. The project, which is celebrating its ninth year of success, honors one national winner along with winners from each of the 50 states and U.S. territories.
As in previous years some couples whose marriages are 50 years or less are being nominated and in some cases could be their state winners while other nominations include much longer married couples. Also, as in prior years well known couples with long marriages are also being nominated.
The nomination process ends on May 14th with the winners being recognized throughout the month of June. Tony & Sue Morris and Fr. Tom Ogg, the United States Ecclesial Team for WWME, will personally present the Longest Married Couple in the United States with special gifts during the June event, which traditionally takes place in the winning couples’ community. During the same time frame the state winners will receive a special certificate of achievement and recognition from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter representatives in their states.
Nominations, which are open to all husband and wife couples regardless of faith expression, may be submitted by email, regular mail or by calling a special phone number. Co-coordinators of the project, Bryan & Karen Berland, who serve along with Dick & Diane Baumbach, said that nominations are being received from across the country.
The information for sending in a nomination requires the name of the couple, their wedding date and what city and state they reside in, while the nominator needs to include their name plus a phone number or email address so they can be contacted if their nominee is a national or state winner. Upon determination of the winners’ initial contact is made by WWME with nominators, not directly with the winning couple. The nomination information may be submitted by one of the following ways: www.wwme.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org, regular mail Bryan & Karen Berland 530 S. Academy, Guthrie, OK 73044, special phone number 405-850-4274. Nominations must be received by midnight May 14, 2019.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 50 years and is considered the original faith-based marriage enrichment program. The marriage enrichments are continually updated to keep abreast of changes in society, and WWME now offers evening and half-day enrichments that are presented at parishes and other church facilities. The weekend program, traditionally presented as an overnight experience at a hotel or retreat center, can also be presented at the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in just under 100 countries, which makes it the largest pro-marriage movement in the world. In North America, the WWME enrichments are presented in English, Spanish, French, and Korean languages.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other. It offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today’s world. To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends online, go to wwme.org (http://www.wwme.org/), or contact the WWME Office at (909) 332-7309.
Media inquiries should be directed to: Dick & Diane Baumbach (321) 544-3440 Dick.Diane.Baumbach@wwme.org
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
275 W Hospitality Ln # 102
San Bernardino, CA 92408