3STAYm_logoFuel Up Your Marriage!

Congratulations! You’re still Married! And, whether you’ve been married 6 months or 60 years, it’s a good idea to check the gauges and make sure you are both still headed in the same direction.



Three to Stay Married is a two-day program that offers practical and spiritual instruction for married couples and concludes on Saturday evening with Vigil Mass, Renewal of Vows, and dinner. (Although this is not an overnight program, there are a limited number of rooms available for those who prefer to stay; please see more info below.)

By offering a mixture of talks,questionnaires, time for personal reflection (individually and with your spouse) the program is designed to give couples concrete tools to help them deepen their understanding of themselves and their relationship, and the opportunity to have  conversations that help a marriage bloom. There will be time to socialize with the other participants, but this program is about the couple, and no one will be put on the spot to share with the group.


Upcoming Three to STAY Married Retreats:

  • March 24-25, 2017
    Solving the Mystery of Prayer in Your Marriage SOLD OUT*
    Featuring Fr. Jacques Philippe details below
  • July 7-8, 2017
    Theme: TBA  | Call to Register: 301-365-0612
  • October 13-14, 2017
    Theme: TBA | Call to Register: 301-365-0612

**Please note: this is not an overnight program.
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 More information…

March 24-25, 2017

Solving the Mystery of Prayer in Your Marriage 

Guest Speaker: Fr. Jacques Philippe!

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We are pleased to present internationally known and loved preacher, Fr. Jacques Philippe as a guest speaker. Fr. Philippe will join the program’s usual line-up of speakers, which includes Catholic psychologists and married couples.

With over one million books sold in 24 languages his writings have become modern classics on Catholic spirituality !


  • God’s Plan for Marraige
  • The Different Types of Prayer
  • Sacramentality of Marriage
  • Conscience Formation
  • Living the Sabbath

SCHEDULE (tentative):

  • Friday Evening
    7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
    7:30-9:30 p.m. Talks
    9:30 p.m. Departure (see below for information about staying overnight)
  • Saturday
    8:30 a.m. Breakfast
    9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Talks (Lunch included)
    5:15 Mass/Renewal of Vows
    6:00-7:30 Dinner

Schedule includes Eucharistic Adoration and opportunities for Confession!


You will be greeted on Friday evening with a Welcome Reception: hearty hors d’oevres and bubbly beverages. On Saturday, breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the program will end with dinner.



This is NOT an overnight program.

Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center has a limited number of SINGLE bedrooms that can be available for couples who would like to make this weekend more of a get-away.

The additional fee to stay over is  $60 per couple.  Please note that we only have SINGLE bedrooms and that men and women will sleep on separate floors, so couples will not share a room.







A Marriage Enrichment Event for YOUR Parish!

One day can change a marriage forever!

Bring our daylong Marriage Enrichment Retreat to your parish. Entertaining and engaging speakers will present topics such as communication, understanding your spouse’s needs, building intimacy in your marriage, and fostering forgiveness.

We can provide

  • Expert and entertaining speakers on a variety of topics related to marriage and family.
  • Printed Materials related to the topics being presented, that welcome your guests and assist them in absorbing the information in a more concrete and constructive manner.
  • Assistance with promotion, including flyer and posters.

Your parish handles the rest!

We encourage you to use this event as a stepping stone to engage couples more into parish life, so your parish provides volunteers to plan and carry out the details of the day, such as room set up, refreshments, etc.

For more information please contact our Program Director: Jane Newstedt

301-365-0612 or jnewstedt@bethesdacfd.org

Upcoming Parish Retreats:

Saturday, February 11, 2017
St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Silver Spring, MD

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (This links takes you to another website.)

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