22 September 2017
Movements - Communities

Formation and Cooperation to Help Families in Crisis

In Tarnów, An International Conference of the Leaders of Encounters of Married Couples

Three hundred fifty representatives of the Centers of Encounters of Married Couples attended the International Conference for Leaders that was held from 8 to 10 September at the Theological Seminar in Tarnów, Poland.
The aim of the meeting, explains the movement in a note, was to deepen the formation of the leaders and to give the Centers an opportunity to share what they have learned.

The founders of the movement, Irena and Jerzy Grzybowski, stressed the importance of the leaders’ ongoing formation, especially in light of “new challenges such as the increase of divorce and non-sacramental unions. We must pay attention—they explained—of how we talk to people and deal with new issues as they present themselves.”

During Holy Mass celebrated in the Cathedral of Tarnów, Msgr. Andrzej Jeż, Bishop of the diocese of Tarnów, expressed concern about the increasing numbers of requests for marriage annulment, highlighting that “preparing young people for marriage requires a lot of effort” and stressing the importance of “multidimensional cooperation to help married couples and families.”