Marriage Never Goes Out of Style: More than 500 Couples to Celebrate Over 20,000 Years of Marriage

May 29, 2007

Sixty-four years ago, Ed and Mary Malone, parishioners at St. Catherine Laboure in Wheaton, exchanged their wedding vows. This Sunday, June 3, they will say, “I do” all over again. The Malones are among more than 500 couples married 25 or more years who will renew their vows and receive a special blessing from Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl:

Sunday, June 3, 2007
2:00 p.m. Mass
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

Of the 534 couples expected to be present, 222 have been married 50 or more years, for a total of 23,034 years of marriage. The longest married are celebrating 69 years together. For some families, parents and children both will celebrate special 25 and 50 year anniversaries, and two priests will be present as their own parents renew their vows.

The couples are all from Washington, DC and suburban and southern Maryland Catholic parishes.

A reception will follow the Mass on the lower level of the Shrine; the couples will receive personalized certificates commemorating their special anniversary at this time.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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