Programs for Engaged Couples

Verified Programs at our Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Before the Vows

Before the Vows is a fast-paced preparation program designed to equip you and your fiancé with the practical and spiritual components you will need in your married life. The program comprises a short series of essential and powerful talks, followed by online elements you can review at your own pace and finalizes in a weekend 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.

Here is the Calendar for 2021


Power Saturday




December 5, 2020

January 16-17, 2021



May 1, 2021

May 15-16, 2021



September 4, 2021

September 18-19, 2021



Dec 4, 2021

January 15-16, 2022


The early bird fee is 250 USD. It includes materials, meals, and a certificate of completion. We are implementing “commuting” retreats and do not require or provide overnight stay at this time.

For registration please contact Griselda Morales ( ). Please include:

  • Full names for the both of you
  • Wedding date
  • Parish (to which you are registered)
  • Pastor Authorization

We hope to see you soon!

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 194 per couple or USD 245 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!


In-Person Events

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 have 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 accommodate you.  Thank you for your patience and your kind consideration. 

Engaged Encounter Weekend

This marriage preparation program is tailored for couples who are engaged and have not been previously married. In these times, Engaged Encounter is a "commuting" retreat held at different archdiocesan locations, depending on the number of participants and availability.  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 8:00 AM on Saturday and ends by 5:00 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.  Retreats usually close 3-4 months in advance. Engaged Encounter is available also in Spanish (Si buscas la información sobre el programa en español presiona aquí).

The weekend early bird fee is $250 per couple.


2021 Dates Pending

The dates for 2021 are still pending, but please send us an email to  indicating your both full names, emails, telephones, parish, and wedding date so that we can include you on the waitlist. We will let you know as soon as the 2021 dates are confirmed.

Just please keep in mind your email will place you on the waiting list and is not a registration for a future event. If your wedding is less than 5 months away from now please explore some of the other options in this site or get a hold of us:

To complete the process, we also recommend asking your church about the NFP classes available for you!

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 the locations below. 

The program fee is $75 per couple.

Upcoming Retreats at Houston TX:

  • Future dates to be confirmed.

To complete the process, we also recommend asking your church about the NFP classes available for you!