How We Started
Retrouvaille in Singapore started on 18 January 1993 when the late Fr Edmund Dunne CSsR, President of our Archdiocese's Family Life Society, having read about Retrouvaille in the Matrimony magazine wrote to the co-ordinating couple of Worldwide Marriage Encounter in Singapore: "I wonder whether you will consider bringing it to the attention of the ME Executive. The possibilities are to send a couple to US to get all the information or to bring a couple from there to help us. Finance invested in this is worthwhile."
Michael & Lucy Yeo, then a team couple who has been with ME for about fifteen years, felt a need to bring this programme to Singapore. After seeking permission from our then Archbishop Gregory Yong, they called Bob & Marie Pate to enquire about bringing Retrouvaille to Singapore on 17 April 1993. Within five months, a Retrouvaille Formation Weekend was held at the Marriage Encounter House, Singapore. The Formation team comprised Chuck & Anita Lewis from the USA and Rev Fr John McCarthy of Melbourne, Australia.
11 couples, most of them ME team couples, and five priests experienced the training from 15 - 17 October 1993.
Retrouvaille Singapore Now
The first Retrouvaille Weekend was held on 30 April - 1 May 1994. We have been hosting three weekends every year since we first started. Our weekends were always small averaging 12 couples. Due to the size of our city state and the racial mix, we always had couples of other faith expressions attending the weekends. They are not just couples from other Christian denominations but also of Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism, Buddhism faiths to name a few. Here in Singapore, Catholics are only four percent of the population of four million. In fact we even had couples coming from Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and even Taiwan.
Retrouvaille Singapore is an affiliate of the Family Life Society under the Archdiocese of Singapore. The Society funded our initial start-up but we have been self-funding ever since, depending entirely on the participants' contributions.
We have always used the latest versions of the weekend and post weekend talks. We fully support and abide by the by-laws of Retrouvaille International. We stand by the declared Vision and Mission Statements and hope to reach out to more couples to help them renew their marriages.
Vision Statement of Retrouvaille International
We believe that every marriage, a union of one man and one woman, deserves the opportunity to survive, be healed and thrive as a covenant of life and love. Retrouvaille is the place where we, as hurting couples, found hope and so we are passionately committed to dramatically increasing the number of couples served in both new and existing communities worldwide.
Mission Statement of Retrouvaille International
Retrouvaille is an International community of disciples committed to the continued healing of their marriages and, empowered by the Holy Spirit, sharing their stories, talents and gifts to promote and spread the healing ministry of Retrouvaille.
The Patron Saint of Retrouvaille is St. Joseph.
The logo indicates the "Lifeline" that is given to marriages, via Retrouvaille, to be healed through the Paschal Mystery of Christ's Death and Resurrection.