Arusi Network, Inc. was established to govern the ministerial work of Andrew and Terri Lyke. The mission of that work is to strengthen the institution of marriage in the African American community.
The focus of that work is in marriage education, spiritual formation and ongoing social support through outreach from faith-based communities.
Meet the leadership . . .
Andrew and Terri Lyke were married in 1975 and have been leaders in Christian marriage preparation, education and enrichment since 1982. They have served thousands of
married couples through their programs. They have nationally presented keynote addresses, workshops, retreats and seminars on Marriage and Family issues to church, community and business audiences.
The Lykes are the designers of the Arusi Retreat, which they have presented across the United States. They are national trainers of curricula used in the Healthy Marriage Initiative, i.e., FOCCUS and Exploring Relationships and
Marriage with Fragile Families. They have written articles for local and national publications on Christian Married Life. Terri and Andrew regularly write for Catholic News Service.
They are also founders of Arusi Network, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that educates African Americans on the skills and benefits of Christian marriage. Together they served as
advisors to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Marriage and Family. As the Coordinator of Marriage Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Andrew was the principle author of In the Spirit of Cana, the Marriage Ministry Guidelines for the
Archdiocese of Chicago. Prior to assuming this position, he served as a campus minister at his alma mater, DePaul University. He has served as a board member for the Catholic Network of
Volunteer Services, and is a former Secretary of the National Advisory Council of the USCCB.
The Lykes are a regular feature on American Catholic Radio’s weekly segment “Marriage Moment.” In September 2009 they were summoned by the Pontifical Council for the Family to
travel to Rome, Italy to consult in the planning for an International Conference for the Family. Later that same month they were signatories of the Marriage Proclamation, signed at the
historic Emancipation Tree on the campus of Hampton University in Virginia.
Andrew and Terri were the 1995 recipients of the Augustus Tolton Archdiocesan Award and the 2005 Bishop Quarter Award for the Archdiocese of Chicago. They are the parents of two
married young adults parishioners at Sacred Heart Church in Joliet, Illinois.