A team is a group of five to seven couples that have joined together to support each other in their efforts to lead holy lives. The team meets once a month, in each other’s homes, for a simple meal and in a spirit of friendship share their experiences of the previous month. After dinner, the mood becomes spiritual as the team reflects on scripture and prays. Finally, they discuss study material on married life and faith. The team meeting is truly a unique gathering – lively and enjoyable, yet structured and meaningful.
Teams of Our Lady does not impose a particular type of spirituality on its members, but rather couples agree to practice a spiritual direction that includes:
individual, couple, and family prayer;
reading and reflection on sacred scripture
a monthly husband-and-wife discussion of family and spiritual matters;
an individual "rule of life" for personal improvement.
A team also tries to get away together for an annual retreat. This could be a quiet retreat at a monastery or at a retreat centre, or - as one of the Bedford teams has enjoyed - a weekend away in Norfolk visiting the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham and spending afternoons on the beach.
Let’s face it. Marriage is hard work. Often couples find they are living in a social climate that can undermine both their marriage and their faith. But whether a couple is newlywed, raising a family, or “empty nesting”, the call to grow together in love is always present. Through the Teams of Our Lady movement couples have found a way to meet their desire for growth in love and faith.