Retrouvaille weekend retreats help husbands and wives communicate and become more aware of their roles in the marriage. The Family Life Offices of the three Nebraska Dioceses worked together in 1998 to implement a statewide Retrouvaille. Father Robert Barnhill invited couples who had experienced Retrouvaille to assist in this endeavor. Frank and LeeAnn Pytlik led the formation of a core committee. Retrouvaille weekends are offered twice a year.

Retrouvaille begins with a weekend experience in which husbands and wives are helped to re-establish communication and to gain new insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.

The part of the program is presented by three married couples and a priest. The team couples who have experienced disillusionment, pain, anger, and conflict, offer hope as they share their personal stories of struggle, reconciliation and healing. You will find courage and strength in the reliance that you are not alone in your struggle.

The weekend is not a spiritual retreat, not a sensitivity group, not a seminar, not a social gathering, nor is it counseling.

You will not be asked to share your problems with anyone else. However you will be encouraged to put the past behind you, to look beyond the hurt and pain, in order to rediscover each other in a new and positive way.

The Retrouvaille Weekend offers a very different message from the current secular themes of self-gratification and self-reliance. The weekend will help you discover how listening, forgiveness, communication, and the dialogue process are powerful aids for building a loving and lasting relationship.

If you need more information or want to register for the Nebraska Retrouvaille Program, please call: 1-888-317-5654 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you wish to remain anonymous when calling for more information, you do not need to identify yourself. If you then wish to register for the program, please be assured that all names are kept confidential.

The next Retrouvaille weekend is scheduled for August 23-25, 2019 in Schuyler, NE.  For more information, to register or to find programs in your area visit:

Upcoming Retrouvaille Weekends:

February 14-16, 2020 & August 21-23, 2020 in Schuyler, NE

Also, a valuable Catholic website for clergy and couples who may not be able to attend a Retrouvaille weekend is:   

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