Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pre-HOM Bike Race on October 13, 2013 as ME's Next Fundraiser!

The next ME Fundraiser is on Sunday, October 13, 2013 as a way to defray costs for the November 8~10, 2013 Weekend. The cost for the entry is $10 and those who enter the Pre-HOM will receive a discount for the HOM! The HOM entry fee is $50 instead of $60.
For questions about the bike race, please call Russ & Kanae Quinn at 285-1168.
For the ME Weekend at the Kanoa Resort, please call  Joe & Reyna Saures at 287-4648.

Friday, August 23, 2013

To Love is a Decision: Next ME Weekend is November 8~10, 2013

Jay & Joyce Santos have been married 10 years and together, raise four beautiful children: Aysia, Myles, Dylan & Aya. Last October, the Santos' were encountered for the first time at the Kanoa Resort and that Weekend literally transformed their lives for the better! 

They were initially hesitant to attend, not knowing what they were getting themselves into, but they were relieved to learn that the 48 hours away from the usual busyness of life presented them a unique opportunity to spend that quality time together. In essence, they received the precious gift of time ~ time to re-discover each other as husband and wife.

Throughout the Weekend, they gave each other undivided attention without interruption. And, they were not required to share any of their personal details with any of the other couples. ME's Presenting Couples & Priest facilitated the discussions and the couples were there to learn better tools of communication.

Scroll forward 10 months and the Santos' are HAPPIER THAN EVER! Their love for each other and their kids shines radiantly. You can see it, hear it and feel it when they're together! They've made their marriage a priority through their decision to love.
After the initial Weekend, they joined the post Weekend enrichment course called Steps Along the Journey. They completed that and the "graduate course" aptly named Steeper Steps.  Now, they've enrolled in the "5 Languages of Love" and continue to contribute to the CNMI Marriage Encounter Community.

Most recently, they volunteered to be the Co-Coordinators for the Fall Weekend scheduled for November 8~10, 2013. Yes, less than a year ago, they were not encountered. Today, they'll be organizing the next Weekend for new couples. They're truly "paying it forward" to provide other couples a chance to re-ignite their marriages and family life.

The Weekend accepts up to 25 couples. The cost is $100 per couple and includes 2 nights accommodation, 5 meals and all materials. To apply, simply call or email one of the Weekend Coordinators and they will provide you a form:
Jay & Joyce Santos: or 285-5466
Joe & Reyna Saures:  or 287-4648

Don't lose this opportunity to strengthen your marriage. Do it for your spouse and your kids!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Celebrating World Marriage Day

Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), the original faith based marriage enrichment program in the CNMI, announced today the island’s winners of the 2013 Longest Married Couple Project: Juan Mafnas and Mercedes Lizama Aguon of Saipan. They have been married 59 years as of Nov. 13, 2012.

Several nominations with couples married 50 years and over were received for this year’s project. The winners were honored at the World Marriage Day Mass at Santa Soledad Church in Kagman on Sunday, February 10, 2013.

"We are so pleased to honor and recognize Juan and Mercedes Aguon for their commitment to marriage," said Charles & Cathy Cepeda, the CNMI Ecclesial Team for WWME. The Cepedas joined Ecclesial Priest Father Isaac Ayuyu, who renewed the vows for the Aguon’s and all married couples in a special World Marriage Day mass.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter created the project to highlight marriage in the United States and its territories and to show young couples that marriage really can go the distance with true love and commitment. In Marriage Encounter, “To Love is a Decision” is the definitive motto.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 44 years and is considered the original faith-based marriage enrichment program. The programs are continually updated to keep abreast of changes in society, and the next ME Weekend is scheduled for 19~21 April 2013 at the Kanoa Resort in Susupe. WWME has a presence in almost 100 countries, which makes it the largest pro-marriage movement in the world.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other. It offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today's world. To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends online, go to, or you can call 483-7000 for more information.

Next ME Weekend is April 19~21, 2013

Want to spend an unforgettable weekend with your wife/husband to rediscover your hopes and dreams?
When was the last time you spent time alone with your spouse to reconnect and share some true quality time? 
YOUY YES, you can turn YOUR marriage into a GREAT MARRIAGE through a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend!  The emphasis of the M.E. Weekend is on the communication between husbands and wives. The Weekend provides a conducive environment for couples to spend time together, encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship. It’s not a retreat, marriage clinic or substitute for counseling. Couples are not required to share anything with anyone else. It’s a unique approach aimed at revitalizing marriage so it truly is a marriage enrichment program.

The CNMI’s next Marriage Encounter Weekend will be held on
April 19~21, 2013 at the newly Kanoa Resort Saipan
Cost is $100 per couple.
Hurry, we reserve space for only 25 couples!

For further information or a registration form,
please contact any of the below listed individuals:
Spring 2013 Weekend Coordinators
John & Michelle Tagabuel
Tel: 287-3264

Spring 2013 Weekend Co-Coordinators
Joe & Reyna Saures
Tel: 483-4646

Spring 2013 Registration Couple
Joe & Linda Muña
Tel: 48287-7943

You may also contact the Ecclesial Team/Executive Board members:
Fr. Ike Ayuyu,
Phone no. 256-4568, or
E-mail address

Charles & Cathy Cepeda
Phone no. 483-7000, or
E-mail address or

Friday, January 18, 2013

World Marriage Day - Search for the Couple Married Longest in the CNMI

World Marriage DayWorld Marriage Day – Search for the Couple Married Longest
in the CNMI

Press Release

The CNMI Chapter of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter Community is joining other Marriage Encounter groups around the US in searching for the Couple Married Longest in the CNMI.

The Couple Married Longest search is being conducted in preparation for honoring  WORLD MARRIAGE DAY on Sunday, February 10, 2013.

If you have been married for over 50 years, or if you know of friends or relatives who have been, and both spouses are still living, please Email their names, phone numbers and wedding date to  The deadline for all entries is January 31, 2013.  The winning couple will be notified and honored with a WWME World Marriage Day Certificate at one of the selected World Marriage Day Masses.