Programs for Engaged Couples

Process for Getting Married in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Engaged Encounter Weekend

CoVid-19 Notification:

Due to group size limitations and social distancing guidelines, this retreat is returning, but with  reduced capacity.  At this time, we are working with couples who are registered for programs already.  You may put your name on the waitlist, but parish based marriage preparation should be sought in the event that we cannot accomodate you.  Thank you for your patience and your kind consideration.  We are doing the best we can to provide marriage preparation events for as many couples as we are able.

Program Description:

This marriage preparation program is tailored for couples who are engaged and have not been previously married. Unless otherwise noted, Engaged Encounter is a residential retreat held at Cameron Retreat Center. Couples spend the night in men's / women's dorms and meals are provided.  Couples are expected to stay for the entire retreat and focus exclusively on their future spouse. As is typical in Church retreats, no phones or electronic devices are permitted.

The weekend starts at 7:00 PM on Friday and ends by 3:00 PM on Sunday.

Engaged Encounter fulfills the Catholic marriage preparation requirement in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for a primary program but is usually a part of a larger process of marriage preparation. You will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the program. Cameron Retreat Center can only accommodate 32 couples per retreat so we encourage early registration.  Retreats usually close 3-4 months in advance. A similar program is offered in Spanish.

Retreat fee is $250 per couple



 Upcoming Retreats at Cameron Retreat Center, Houston TX:


  • January 17-19   FULL/CLOSED
  • February 14-16  FULL/CLOSED
  • April 17-19        FULL/CLOSED
  • May 15-17         FULL/CLOSED
  • June 12-14         Waitlist Only
  • July 17-19          Waitlist Only
  • August 21-23     COMING SOON
  • September 18-20 COMING SOON
  • October 16-18     COMING SOON
  • November 20-22  COMING SOON

God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage

This is a one-day supplemental    "add-on" seminar that explores the Theology of Marriage and sexuality more in depth.  It is based on the Theology of the Body teachings of  St. Pope John Paul II.  Couples must take or be scheduled to take a primary program to register.   God's Plan does not take the place of a parish-based or archdiocesan primary program. The seminar is usually scheduled on a Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Please see locations below. 

The program fee is $75 per couple.  

Upcoming Programs for 2020


  • Jan. 18, 2020 @ Sts. Simon and Jude - The Woodlands  CLOSED
  • Feb. 8, 2020 @ St. Dominic Center - Houston (Central)  CLOSED
  • Mar. 28, 2020 @ St. Edward, Spring - To register click --> UNAVAILABLE
  • May 16, 2020 @ Sts. Simon and Jude- The Woodlands - To register click --> OPEN
  • June 6, 2020 @ St. Edward Catholic Church, Spring - To register click --> OPEN
  • July 18, 2020 @ St. Dominic Center, Houston (Central) To register click --> OPEN