Father Gabriel Calvo is the founder of Marriage Encounter, Marriage Retorno and FIRES, Inc. He was born in Barcelona, Spain, on February 21, 1927. He studied at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1952. He is a member of the Spanish Diocesan Labourer Priests.

Father Calvo has been involved in marriage and family ministry since his ordination. He conducted the first Marriage Encounter in Barcelona in 1961. Twenty-eight working class couples participated with him.

In 1967 Father Calvo originated the Marriage Retorno weekend in Spain. The first English language Marriage Retorno was held in Ireland in 1971.

In 1974 Father Calvo went to the United States to live. It was then he founded FIRES Family Intercommunications Relationships Experiences Services. FIRES offers individuals, couples, families and communities opportunities to grow in love and unity.

Father Calvo has written several books and 12 manuals for FIRES Services. Several have been translated into different languages.

For more information, see FIRES website: http://www.holistic-family.org/about/


"God created man and woman to give meaning, life and love to the universe. He created marriage "to His image and likeness", and God is not a circle. He is the spiraling foundation of Life and Love.

The quest for happiness in marriage demands that you expand your vision and perspective beyond your marital relationships. You are challenged by today's society to stop being a selfish and isolated married couple. And you are called by the Creator to depart from your conjugal and family love, and go towards the universal love.

You, as a married couple, have been born to become a loving spiral of love!"

Gabriel Calvo

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