The Engaged Encounter Weekend offers couples a unique opportunity to look at their commitment to each other in a deeper way as they prepare for marriage. It gives them the opportunity to focus exclusively on each other for 44 hours in peaceful surroundings, free from the pressure and distractions of the outside world. Though Catholic in origin, this experience is open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together. The Weekend is an in-depth, private, personal, marriage preparation experience within the context of Catholic faith and values.
The weekend is open to any couple who are engaged, or considering engagement wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together in the belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, and to be recognized by the Catholic Church.
In 1992, Pope John Paul, II proclaimed Catholic Engaged Encounter as a Vatican approved marriage preparation program. Catholic Engaged Encounter fulfills requirements* for preparation for marriage in the Catholic Church as prescribed by the Diocese of San José.
We want to be a positive part of your engagement. We are an energized community of volunteer couples and priests whose common bond is our belief in the sacrament of marriage and family life. We provide a working weekend retreat format designed to create a focus on private couple communication.
An atmosphere is created for the two of you to concentrate exclusively on each other, free of the distractions, pressures and interruptions of daily living – a "time out" away from home, friends, and wedding preparations. There are no group dynamics or group therapy.
The weekend usually begins at 7:00pm on Friday and goes until around 3:00pm on the Sunday. Couples stay at the facilities throughout the weekend as the scheduled is designed with a retreat atmosphere in mind. Meals are served throughout the weekend except for Friday night, so you may want to eat before you arrive!