Programs for Engaged Couples

Process for Getting Married in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Engaged Encounter Weekend

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

REGISTER HERE!

FIND OUT WHAT COUPLES ARE SAYING ABOUT THEIR RETREAT EXPERIENCE HERE!

 

Upcoming Retreats:

 2019

  • January 18-20, 2019 @ Cameron Retreat Center - FULL/CLOSED
  • February 15-17, 2019 @ Cameron Retreat Center - FULL/CLOSED
  • April 12-14, 2019 @ Cameron Retreat Center - FULL/CLOSED
  • May 17-19, 2019 @ Cameron Retreat Center - FULL/CLOSED
  • June 14-16, 2019 @ Cameron Retreat Center -  FULL/CLOSED
  • **July 20 & 21, 2019 @ Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church  FULL/CLOSED
  • NEW! July 19-21, 2019 @ Cameron Retreat Center - FULL/CLOSED
  • August 16-18, 2019 @ Cameron Retreat Center - FULL/CLOSED
  • September 20-22, 2019 @ Cameron Retreat Center - OPEN
  • October 18-20, 2019 @ Cameron Retreat Center - OPEN
  • November 15-17, 2019 @ Cameron Retreat Center - OPEN
  • December 13-15, 2019 @ Cameron Retreat Center - OPEN

** This weekend is a non-residential retreat held at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Houston.  It is a full day Saturday, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided, and half-day Sunday (afternoon) with snacks provided.  A locator map for the parish can be found by clicking here: Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. 

UPDATE!  The July 19-21 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend scheduled as a "residential" retreat has been CHANGED to a commuter retreat. The dormitories are currently closed and will be unavailable for the coming weeks so the weekend schedule has changed.  We will be starting the retreat on Saturday, July 20 at 8 am and participants will go home at approximately 10:00 pm. The program resumes Sunday July 21 9:15 am and ends at 5:30 PM. 

 

 

God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage

This is a one-day supplemental 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.  Click HERE for online registration.

Upcoming Programs

  • January 12, 2019 @ Sts. Simon & Jude Church, The Woodlands - CLOSED
  • February 9, 2019 @ St. Edward Catholic Church, Spring - CLOSED
  • March 2, 2019 @ St. Dominic Archdiocesan Center, Houston - CLOSED
  • May 11, 2019 @ Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands - CLOSED
  • June 01, 2019 @ St. Edward Catholic Church, Spring - CLOSED
  • July 20, 2019 @ St. Dominic Archdiocesan Center, Houston -  OPEN
  • September 21, 2019 @ Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands - OPEN
  • October 19, 2019 @ St. Edward Catholic Church, Spring - OPEN
  • November 9, 2019 @ St. Dominic Archdiocesan Center, Houston - OPEN