Programs for Engaged Couples

Verified Programs at our Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

On-Site Programs

Transformed in Love

Transformed in Love is a program to help you start your marriage the right way. This brand new 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 start a family together, grow old together, and to always give the best of you to your beloved spouse.

  • October 16 & 17, 2021

Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm each day

Early Bird Fee: $220 - If you register two weeks before the event.

Standard Registration: $250

Where: Cameron Retreat Center

                2405 Holcombe Blvd.

                Houston, TX 77021

Please register here or contact us at:



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

Available Dates

BTV Called By Name

BTV Power Saturday

BTV Retreat

April 27, 2021 

May 1, 2021

May 15

Aug. 25, 2021

Sept. 4, 2021

Sept. 18, 2021

Nov. 24, 2021                 

Dec. 4, 2021

Jan. 15, 2022

Apr. 27, 2022

May 7, 2022

May 21, 2022

Aug. 24, 2022

Sept. 3, 2022

Sept. 17, 2022

Nov. 23, 2022

Dec. 2, 2022

Dec. 14, 2022

*Please note that you must register for the Power Saturday in order to attend the retreat.

The early bird fee is 250 USD if you register two weeks before the Power Saturday. 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. The standard registration fee of $280 applies after the early bird window closes. 

For registration please contact Citlalli Utrera at . 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.



Catholic Engaged Encounter in SPANISH is available now in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (also known as Encuentro de Novios in Mexico, Central and South America).

It is a Wonderful 2-day experience where the bride and groom who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony, get to know each other on a deeper level and where they are given tools that will strengthen their future Marriage even more.


  • June 26 & 27, 2021

  • October 23 & 24, 2021

  • February 26 & 27, 2022

  • June 25 & 26, 2022

  • October 22 & 23, 2022

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

Cost: $ 220 per couple for registrations with at least 30 days in advance or $ 250 for registrations with less than 30 days in advance. For more information visit our Spanish page.

If you would like to pre-register please send us an email to


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!