Retrouvaille Weekend:


Sponsored by the Diocese of Scranton and others, Retrouvaille is a weekend program for married couples who may be experiencing tension, stress, and loneliness in the marriage relationship. The program helps couples — even those separated and divorced — to communicate better and resolve conflicts in their relationships. Cost for the program is by donation.

For more information or to pre-register,  contact:  Phil and Sue Milazzo,, 631-338-5413 or 516-524-9795, or Jen Housel,, 570-207-2213 x 1104 or visit: or

All calls are confidential.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the Retrouvaille Weekend scheduled for May 29-31, to be held at St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center in Clarks Summit has been cancelled.  It is tentatively rescheduled for the weekend of October 30.  If you, or any other Retrouvaille couple you know would like to assist with the nuts and bolts of restarting the ministry, help is needed!




Q: What is Retrouvaille?  

A: The word means “rediscovery” for the program offers a chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving marriage.

Q: How is this different from Marriage Encounter?  

A: Marriage Encounter is designed to make a good marriage better while Retrouvaille is designed to bring a failing marriage back to life.

Q: What situations can benefit from Retrouvaille?   

A: If you or someone you know is thinking of separation or divorce, or are already separated but want to try again, Retrouvaille might be able to help. While this is a Catholic program, we welcome couples of all faiths. Since Retrouvaille is designed to help marriages, it is not recommended for those who are unmarried and living together.

Q: How does Retrouvaille work? 

A: Retrouvaille holds a live-in weekend for married couples during which a series of presentations is given to the group of couples attending. The presentations address issues that might be causing marital difficulty and emphasize a communication technique.

Beginning Experience:

The ecumenical Beginning Experience weekends are an approved program designed for those suffering the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation.  The weekend is led by persons who have lost a spouse through death or divorce and are trained in facilitating a weekend. Each Beginning Experience Team is certified by the International Beginning Experience Organization. Beginning Experience is your Church at work to provide help, healing and spiritual restoration.  To learn more or to find a retreat near you:

Rachel’s Vineyard Post-Abortion Healing Retreat:

This confidential weekend retreat facilitates spiritual and emotional healing for men and women struggling with the pain of abortion. Exercises based on scripture are designed to help participants experience God’s mercy and compassion, and to reconcile with their church, their child, and with themselves. The retreat concludes with a Memorial Service and (Catholic) Mass of Entrustment. If your heart hears God’s gentle invitation, take courage, for you are being called home to heal. Financial assistance is available.

For Diocese of Scranton registration or information contact: Denise Mengak (570) 822-7118, ext. 3333,  or Susan Walters

To learn more, or to register for a retreat: