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.