John Paul II Center - Milwaukee



Rich Harter, M.T.S.

Emily Burds
Associate Director

Annette Basaldua
Administrative Assistant

Tori Pohl
Program and Events Coordinator, NFP Consultant



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Marriage Ministry

Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning is a natural, scientific, holistic approach to fertility care. Whether you are wanting to manage your menstrual cycle, concerned about PMS or painful periods, trying to avoid or achieve pregnancy, experiencing infertility, or seeking an alternative to artificial birth control, NFP is for you. 

Join us for our 2019 workshops, taught by one of our local FertilityCare Practitioners. These workshops will introduce NFP in a broad sense and also explain the differences between the several NFP models.  Following the workshops, a practitioner will be available for follow up to serve your specific fertility needs. This could include navigating cycle irregularities and connecting you with specialists trained in diagnosing and treating medical conditions.

View and sign up for one of the dates here.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounter's mission of renewal in the Church and change in the world is to assist couples and priests to live fully intimate and responsible relationships, by providing them with a Catholic "experience", and ongoing community support for such a lifestyle." (WWME, Milwaukee / Madison / Rockford Dioceses) The Archdiocese of Milwaukee promotes numerous Marriage Encounter weekends each year. For more information please visit their website

Jubilee Celebrations

For over 100 years, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has hosted a Jubilee Celebration for couples celebrating 25, 50+ and 60+ years of marriage. The celebration includes a Mass, with one of the bishops as the homilist and celebrant, special music, and a special blessing and reception. If you will be celebrating your 25th, 50+  or 60+ anniversary any time in 2019, you are invited to attend the next Jubilee Celebration on Saturday, October 12, 2019.  Please watch for the flyer with registration form around July or August of 2019.  For more information please contact Annette Basaldua at 414-758-2201 or

Elizabeth Ministry

Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement designed to support women and their families during the joys, challenges and sorrows of the childbearing years. The Elizabeth Ministry mission is to cherish children, encourage families and build community. We offer support, mentoring, educational materials, spiritual nourishment and inspirational resources. Elizabeth Ministry Chapters exist across the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia and Central American countries. For more information please visit their website at

Many parishes in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee currently have active Elizabeth Ministries. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact the Office for Marriage and Family Life at 414-758-2215.

Marriage Counseling Resources

There are many counseling resources available in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. For further information or assistance, download a PDF listing of referrals or you may contact the Office for Marriage and Family Life at 414-758-2215.


Retrouvaille is a ministry for hurting marriages. The program is offered in English or Spanish in 150 countries worldwide. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry, a ministry of hope. The team couples, by sharing their own lives, give other couples hope. What is important is that struggling couples are willing to work to keep their marriages going.

Retrouvaille is a ministry of the local church. In southeastern Wisconsin, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has partnered with the diocese of Green Bay to endorse the program and to enable Retrouvaille to operate. Please contact Betsy and Willie Gonwa 414-259-0565 for more information or click here for local Retrouvaille information.

Retrouvaille has been proven to be helpful for many couples. Surveys show that approximately 70% of participating couples have been significantly helped by the program.

If your marriage is hurting, please consider Retrouvaille.

Marriage On Tap

Marriage on Tap is a casual evening for couples and Priests interested in building a community that celebrates marriage and Holy Orders in the Church.  Come enjoy food & beverages on your own with other couples and Priests with similar interests and beliefs and hear a featured speaker. Hosted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. Evenings begin at 5:00pm at the Delafield, Brewhaus. Please visit for more information.


St. John Paul II Office for the New Evangelization

3501 South Lake Dr.
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912


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