What is the Catholic Engaged Encounter program?

Catholic Engaged Encounter is an in-depth, private, personal, marriage preparation experience within the context of Catholic faith and values. The weekend is open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church according to its Church law. The Catholic Engaged Encounter program is an investment in the future - a weekend experience in which an atmosphere is created that enables each couple to concentrate exclusively on one another while free of the pressures and interruptions of daily life. It is a non-recreational retreat, but a beautiful a program designed to give each couple an opportunity to discuss honestly with each other, in a face-to-face manner, their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, their attitudes about money, sex, family, spiritual values, and their role in society.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is Engaged Encounter and what happens on the weekend retreat?

A: Catholic Engaged Encounter is an international, non-profit, volunteer organization consisting of couples and priests who strongly believe in the sacrament of marriage and its role in our church and society. The Engaged Encounter weekend consists of a series of presentations/activities given by a team, usually composed of two married couples and a Catholic priest, who act as facilitators during the weekend.  Each session consists of personal sharing(s) from the team, followed by a period of time during which you and your fiancé share your ideas, concerns, hopes and feelings with each other via writing.  After each writing exercise, you and your fiancé will exchange and read your written letters followed by a private discussion.  The writing and dialogue sessions are private and you are never required to share what you have written/discussed with anyone other than your fiancé.

Q: What is the cost of a weekend retreat? How do we register?

A: Couples can register for weekends by visiting our online registration page. The total weekend cost varies depending on the location. For more information visit the Schedule page. 

Q: Do we have to stay all weekend?

A: Yes. The weekend begins on Friday evening at 8PM. and ends Sunday afternoon about 4PM. Please arrange your schedule accordingly and select a weekend in which you can make this full commitment.

Q: Have you received any endorsments from marriage experts?

A: "Engaged Encounter is the best marriage preparation program in communication for engaged couples of any denomination in the U.S."
- Michael J McManus, author of the book,"Marriage Savers",
syndicated columnist in 100 newspapers and radio commentator.

"In addition to pre-marital counseling, another wonderful way to eliminate the unpleasant surprises of early married life is a program called Engaged Encounter ... I strongly recommend Engaged Encounter to every couple planning a wedding."
- Dr. James Dobson, author of "Love for a Lifetime",
founder of Focus on the Family

Q: What should we pack and wear?

A: Separate sleeping facilities are provided for men and women on the weekend. Pack separately and bring casual clothing that will be comfortable. Also bring a bathrobe as the facility is "dorm" style for sleeping and showering. Bedding and towels are provided. In addition you may want to bring along an extra pillow.

Q: Is signing up online safe?

A: Yes! Your registration data is kept safe and secure in a restricted access database. Further, your payment information is processed through PayPal© using PayPal© security and data protection features.

Q: Will I receive a confirmation letter after registering?

A: Yes. You should receive a confirmation email (sent to the email address listed while registering) almost instantly after registering. We will also send a “Welcome” letter two weeks before the start of your weekend. This “Welcome” letter will provide you with directions to our retreat facility and helpful information that you’ll need to know prior to showing up on Friday night. If you do not receive email communication from San Diego Catholic Engaged Encounter, be sure to check your email's spam folder.

Q: What about sleeping/bathroom arrangements?

A: You will be assigned a roommate of the same gender during the weekend.  At both of our retreat facilities, dormitory style restrooms are provided with private shower and toilet stalls.

Q: What if we cannot afford the full cost of an Engaged Encounter weekend retreat?

A: If you cannot afford the cost of the Engaged Encounter weekend due to financial hardship, please contact our registration volunteer at register@engagedencountersd.org or by calling (619) 729-5354 from 9AM-5PM, M-F to inquire about our scholarship program.

Q: When should we register for a weekend retreat?

A: Immediately! The first available retreat is often booked 2-3 months out. We will place you on a wait list if you cannot be scheduled one month or more before your wedding. We try our best to accommodate deploying servicemen/women.

Q: When should we attend our weekend retreat?

A: At least three months before your wedding. Our schedule of weekend retreats is available on our website's Schedule page. It is required that you stay the entire weekend in order to receive your certificate of completion.

Q: My fiancé and/or I speak Spanish as a first language. Are CEE weekends offered in Spanish in San Diego?

A: Yes! We’re blessed to have an active Spanish speaking CEE community right here in San Diego. Please email register@engagedencountersd.org to obtain the contact information for the Spanish speaking CEE community.

Contact Information

Julie and Chris Moreau

Don and Mary Wagner

Webmaster / Website Technical Issues

Jay Cruz

Catholic Engaged Encounter
PO BOX 22797
San Diego, CA 92192 

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