A Project of Love (eResource): Couple's Parish or Home Retreat Based on the Joy of Love

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Couple's Parish or Home Retreat Based on the Joy of Love

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A couple's retreat based on The Joy of Love • At-home and in-parish formats provided

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Pope Francis calls marriage a joyful, life-long project, and offers a lot of practical suggestions for couples. Gifted author and retreat director Kathy Coffey has crafted this flexible retreat experience to offer this wisdom to couples and put it into a series of interactive exercises that can be offered in a traditional retreat format or sent home with couples. This is a wonderful way that your community can accompany couples—married or not—to strengthen their commitment to each other and make a faith connection.

The retreat is organized into six topics.  Each has one page with talking points and a two-page worksheet with reflection questions or exercises.  The topics are:

  • The Way of Love - Prayer and reflection on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and the nature of love
  • A Project of Love - Setting expectations, the "common project" of relationships, and how love requires optimism and hope
  • Time Together - Finding the right time balance for a healthy relationship
  • Rituals & Celebrations - How shared daily rituals and special occasions can re-kindle love
  • Marriage Challenges - Reflecting on crises and how they can strengthen a relationship (includes resource sheet to outside referrals)
  • Praying as a Couple - Equips and encourages couples to pray together

Kathy Coffey is the author of 13 award-winning books and many articles in Catholic periodicals including America, U.S. Catholic, St. Anthony Messenger, Catholic Update, Everyday Catholic and National Catholic Reporter. She has won fifteen awards from the Catholic Press Association, the Foley Poetry Award from America magazine, the Independent Publishers Book Award and the Associated Church Press Award for Editorial Courage.  Most recently, she received First Place in the “Best Essay” category for General Interest Newsletters at the Catholic Press Association for her article “The Spirituality of Work.” Kathy has spoken at national conventions such as the L.A. Congress, NCCL, NCEA, NPM, and many diocesan gatherings. She gives retreats and workshops nationally and internationally. She taught for fifteen years at the University of Colorado, Denver, and Regis Jesuit University.  The mother of four, and grandmother of four, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Format: eResource
Product code: KC200
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 43 pages
The Pastoral Center
Written by Kathy Coffey