WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER (WWME)

  • Pol Repotente Maryhill School of Theology
  • Nena Repotente
Keywords: WORLDWIDE, MARRIAGE

Abstract

Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) is a movement of couples,
priests and religious in the Church which aims to renew and enrich
marriage, the ministerial priesthood and the religious life.
Following Vatican II and in response to Evangelii Nuntiandi of Paul
VI, Fr. Gabriel Calvo of Spain conceptualized and laid the
groundwork for “Encuentro Conjugal,” a seminar renewal method
for strengthening marriages. Owing to its success, the method was
introduced in the United States in the late 60’s. Fr. Chuck Gallagher,
SJ, seeing its vast potential, developed it further to include renewal of
the ministerial priesthood and the consecrated religious life. Together
with three couples, he launched it into a worldwide movement which
today is known as the Worldwide Marriage Encounter. While the
movement is Catholic in expression and intention it is open to all
married couples regardless of religion, race, culture, education or
social status. Today WWME is in 92 countries, 12 of which are in
Asia, namely, India, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Sri Lanka, Philippines,
Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Bangladesh, UAE/Dubai and China.

Author Biographies

Pol Repotente, Maryhill School of Theology

Pol and Nena Repotente (Philippines) have served as Professors of Marriage &
Family Life at the Maryhill School of Theology in Quezon City, Philippines, and both
are seminar trainers and facilitators serving various schools, parishes, religious
groups and communities and some corporate entities. They served Worldwide
Marriage Encounter together with a team priest in the capacities of Executive Team,
Philippines (1977-1981, 1983-1984), Asian Coordinating Team (1984-1988), Resource
Team, Philippines and Asia (1988 onwards). Representing Asia in 1978, they cofounded
the World Council which coordinates the movement today. Pol Repotente is
a lawyer by profession, Nena Repotente is a guidance counselor. They were married
in 1970 and have three children and seven grandchildren. E-mail:
polanena@yahoo.com

Nena Repotente

Pol and Nena Repotente (Philippines) have served as Professors of Marriage &
Family Life at the Maryhill School of Theology in Quezon City, Philippines, and both
are seminar trainers and facilitators serving various schools, parishes, religious
groups and communities and some corporate entities. They served Worldwide
Marriage Encounter together with a team priest in the capacities of Executive Team,
Philippines (1977-1981, 1983-1984), Asian Coordinating Team (1984-1988), Resource
Team, Philippines and Asia (1988 onwards). Representing Asia in 1978, they cofounded
the World Council which coordinates the movement today. Pol Repotente is
a lawyer by profession, Nena Repotente is a guidance counselor. They were married
in 1970 and have three children and seven grandchildren. E-mail:
polanena@yahoo.com

Published
2010-12-31
How to Cite
Repotente, P., & Repotente, N. (2010). WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER (WWME). Asian Horizons, 4(02), 309-313. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/2702