Marriage Never Goes Out of Style: Nearly 600 Couples Married 25+ Years Renew Their Vows

June 07, 2006

Seventy years ago, Mary and Albert Baumgartner exchanged their wedding vows. This Sunday, June 11, they will say, “I do” all over again. The Baumgartners are the longest-married among nearly 600 couples married 25 or more years who will renew their vows and receive a special blessing from Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington:

Sunday, June 11, 2006
2:00 p.m. Mass
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

Two of the Baumgartners’ sons and daughters-in-law, married 30 and 35 years, will renew their own vows during the Mass. Also participating will be three other parent-child duos celebrating special anniversaries, the parents of two priests and a seminarian, and others. The couples all are from Washington, DC and suburban Maryland Catholic parishes. More than half of those attending have been married for 50 or more years.

A reception will follow the Mass on the lower level of the Shrine, where the couples will receive personalized certificates commemorating their special anniversary.

Mark Adkinson
Office of Communications
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