Arusi

Arusi Network, Inc.
P.O. Box 907
Matteson, IL 60443
(312) 912-9951
708-332-9503 FAX

“We give the most powerful, transforming, miracle-making love when the beloved is least deserving. It is then that our love reflects the love of God given in the sacrifice of the cross. Our ‘Easter’ is of God’s shaping us into who we need to be.”

Andrew & Terri Lyke

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Our Founders

Bringing hope to the community for Black marriage and family life . . .

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. 20Lykes118

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.

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