Marriage Preparation Programs

Verified Programs at our Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Congratulations on your decision to live your vocation of marriage! The Catholic Church recognizes marriage as a calling from God and a sacred lifelong commitment.  By choosing the Sacrament of Matrimony, you recognize the Lord's call to consecrate your life to loving each other and to making Him a sharer in your own love story.

All of the following programs provide the necessary preparation to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony for both engaged couples and those seeking convalidation.

May God bless you abundantly as you prepare for the Sacrament of Matrimony and embark together on this beautiful journey of love and holiness!

On-Site Programs

NEW!  Catholic Engaged Encounter in ENGLISH

A wedding is a day. A marriage is a lifetime. The Catholic Engaged Encounter marriage preparation weekend will help you develop the ability to communicate effectively and openly –an important tool you will need for building a great marriage.

This overnight retreat incorporates presentations, self-reflection, and couple’s dialogue. Catholic married couples share their experiences of living out the values of a sacramental marriage, supported by an ordained priest or deacon, and invite couples to have private one-on-one dialogues to learn about each other and the Sacrament of Matrimony. The experience offers engaged couples a unique opportunity to explore together five interrelated themes: The Family we grew up in, Sacramental Marriage, Communication, Intimacy, and Values.

Learn what other couples have to say about the Catholic Engaged Encounter retreat, here. 

Available dates for 2024:

August 3-4, 2024 - SOLD OUT


Couple Registration: $250.

Your registration fee includes all materials, meals, and the Saturday overnight stay in our dorms. The retreat starts on Saturday at 8:00 am and runs through Sunday, 4:30 pm.

Where: Cameron Retreat Center
                2405 Holcombe Blvd.
                 Houston, TX 77021

Transformed in Love

Transformed in Love is an overnight retreat to help you start your marriage the right way. This program summarizes the Church’s view of Marriage, and will provide you with the tools for setting the cornerstone of your marriage in the best way. 

Transformed in Love will help to explain what love is, and the wonder of the sacredness of marriage.  It will prepare you for what to expect on your wedding day, and guide you in managing your family's finances.  It will help you understand who you are, and how to communicate effectively with your spouse. And Transformed in Love will help to build and maintain an atmosphere of continuous spiritual growth for your family.

We want your Sacrament of Matrimony to be a most precious moment.  We want you to build a home, a domestic church, with your loved one. We want you to start a family together, grow old together, and to always give the best of you to your beloved spouse.

2024 Available Dates

  • June 22-23 - SOLD OUT
  • July 13-14
  • October 12-13
  • November 9-10
  • December 7-8

Standard Registration: $250

Your registration fee includes all materials, meals, and an overnight stay in our dorms.  The retreat starts on Saturday at 8:00 am and runs through Sunday, 4:30 pm.

Where: Cameron Retreat Center
                2405 Holcombe Blvd.
                 Houston, TX 77021

Before the Vows

Before the Vows is a comprehensive preparation program designed to equip you and your fiancé(e) with the practical and spiritual components that your married life will need. The program is comprised of three stages:
  • Super Saturday: A short series of essential and powerful talks.
  • Fundamental video-based classes for you to take at your own pace.
  • Saturday retreat focused on the spiritual aspects of marriage in the presence of our Lord.

We created this program to invite you to become the protagonist of your own journey, discover God’s love as He reaches out to you, and elevate your marriage to His provident plan.

Available dates for 2024

Super Saturday & Retreat

Please note that you must attend both, the Super Saturday and Retreat in order to receive a completion certificate. 

The fee is 250 USD and includes both sessions, materials, meals, and a certificate of completion. 

Where: Cameron Retreat Center
                2405 Holcombe Blvd.
                 Houston, TX 77021



Fully Online Program Now Available


Agape Catholic Ministries provide a fully online primary marriage preparation program verified by our Archdiocese. The program is available in English, Spanish, and French, and it consists of one-on-one interaction with a specialized mentor couple following a series of 7 web and email conversations. As an engaged couple, you can set your own pace to covering all the contents, and it will take you between 1 to 2 months to complete.

The program costs USD 230 per couple or USD 289 for rush couples.

Click on this link for checking how it works and register.  (You will be directed to a website outside the Archdiocese).

To download the quick reference brochure for your later use, click here.

Before registering, please make sure you have conducted your prenuptial interview at your parish, and you are cleared to begin your marriage preparation process. Enjoy your preparation!

Once completed, present your certificate of completion to your pastor or Family Life Director at your preparation parish, and keep a copy for you, for possible record comparison. To complete the process, we also recommend asking your church about the online NFP classes available for you!

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