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1 Thessalonians 5:18
Oct 26, 2016

The search is on for Canada's longest-married couple!

The annual search for the Longest Married Couple in both Canada and the United States began on Monday, October 10, 2016. 

The Longest Married Couple search is sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter and is running simultaneously in both countries from October 10, 2016 to January 10, 2017. Canadian and US winners will be announced in February 2017, to coincide with World Marriage Day celebrations. 

This is the seventh year for the project in the US and the fourth year in Canada. In 2013 Worldwide Marriage Encounter Canada honoured Alice and Arthur John of Ross River, Yukon, who had been married 77 years. In 2014 Clemon (Clem) and Mildred Mintz of Parry Sound, Ontario, married 80 years, were awarded. Bert & Bertie Nickerson of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, married 80 years were recognized as the Longest Married Couple in Canada in 2015. 

“We want to show the world that couples everywhere work to keep their marriage vibrant and alive, and that marriages can last a lifetime,” said Ana Lilian and Ernesto Ayala and Fr. Michael Basque, the Canadian leadership team for Worldwide Marriage Encounter. “As a marriage enrichment ministry we work throughout Canada to support married couples and help them enjoy a richer, fuller life together, so this campaign is a natural fit for our movement.” 


The Longest Married Couple is selected solely from nominations submitted. Nominations are open to all husbands and wives regardless of religious affiliation. Nominating a couple is easy; just send the names of the husband and wife, their wedding date, their current home location and contact information for the person who is submitting the nomination to Ernesto & Ana Lilian Ayala, by mail to 113-7471 Blundell Road Richmond, BC V6Y 1J6, by email to, or by phoning (604) 337-5845. 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today's world and is a registered Canadian charitable organization. WWME has been offering weekend experiences for more than 48 years and has a presence in almost 100 countries. In Canada, the WWME programs are presented in English, Spanish, French, and Korean languages. 

The mission of Worldwide Marriage Encounter is to proclaim the value of Marriage and Holy Orders in the Church and in the world. 

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