What is Marriage Enrichment?

There are attacks on marriage in our culture, and it is thus necessary to nurture the bond of married couples in an ongoing way, not just in the beginning for newly engaged couples but throughout their lifetime. This support is one of the most important ministries of the Catholic Church because families are the fundamental and vital building block of society. When he founded the St. Philip Institute, Bishop Strickland called on the Diocese of Tyler to “radically commit” itself to marriage formation.

Because of the intense attacks on the marriage in our society, it is imperative that we improve our efforts to build and nurture strong Christian marriages in our Diocese. —Bishop Joseph Strickland, Constitution on Teaching, 18

The St. Philip Institute is dedicated to providing the support for all married couples, and we realize that tempering the marital bond requires absolute vulnerability for both the man and woman. Marriage is hard! We collaborate with various organizations to provide marriage enrichment opportunities, and we are developing new ones of our own.

What Resources Do We Use?

The St. Philip Institute developed the Three to Get Married marriage formation retreat weekends just for engaged couples, but mentor couples are also invited to these retreats. A mentor couple is a married couple that a newly engaged couple chooses to accompany them in their formation.

The Diocese of Tyler works with Ryan and Mary Rose Verrett and their wonderful Witness to Love program for engaged couples. This program asks the engaged couple to select a mentor couple to accompany them in formation. The benefit of accompaniment is that the mentor couple also forms their own marriage by teaching what they have learned and befriending a new couple just starting the journey together. Serving as a mentor couple is itself marriage enrichment for the couple.

Please see below for our other resources and collaborations. Pastors, catechists, and others who have questions about family life formation should contact the Director of Family Life, Deanna Johnston.

Events in the Diocese of Tyler


Together in Holiness is a marriage conference series for dioceses that inspires spouses to grow together in holiness and empowers parents to form their children in the Catholic faith. To learn more about the Together in Holiness marriage enrichment initiative, click here.

Annual Diocesan Anniversary Mass

This Mass is usually held (in non-pandemic years) at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the second Saturday of February each year. 

Save the Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend (WWME) could be THE weekend for the two of you to reconnect and revitalize your marriage.

It is an experience guided by couples and a priest who help you to rediscover your dreams, rekindle your romance and become more aware of God’s desire for your marriage.

Away from the distractions of everyday life, each couple has the time to focus on each other, and learn new ways of communicating more effectively in a private, positive atmosphere.

Or contact Bryan & Melissa Causey at applications@dfwme.org or (214) 709-4678. 

Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial

Diócesis de Tyler, Texas

Encuentro Matrimonial Contacto en Español:

Gabriel y Delia Campos

(903) 316-3823



Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial, Diócesis de Tyler, Texas

This program is just beginning in the Diocese of Tyler. It is available at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, St. Edwards Catholic Church in Athens, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Texarkana. Contact Deanna Johnston (DJohnston@StPhilipInstitute.org) if you are interested in bringing this program to your own parish. 

There are several different groups around the Diocese of Tyler.

Teams of Our Lady is an international lay movement in the Catholic Church, designed to enrich marriage spirituality and make good marriages better. Teams provide a proven method of increasing and improving prayer life, which will help couples grow closer to God and each other. 

Other Resources Online

Be Light (Sean la luz) Marriage Enrichment Program from Witness to Love

Helps couples at all stages of life to understand and live God’s plan for happy, holy marriages. For Your Marriage is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Compass Catholic Ministries is dedicated to helping you discover smarter ways to manage your money. Whether you are in debt or free of debt, we have the resources to help you reach your financial goals and live with a sense of joy and contentment.

The mission of Joyful Ever After is to help couples flourish in holy marriages, build strong marriage communities, and enrich parish life with the soul of the family.