Family Life Office

Catholic Engaged Encounter

Catholic Engaged Encounter

Congratulations on your decision to marry in the Catholic Church. We are pleased to take part of your sacramental marriage preparation. God bless you in these grace filled moments and know of our prayers as you embark together on this holy vocation.

Before registering to Catholic Engaged Encounter you should have:

•Gone to a parish and met with your Priest or marriage preparation minister to begin your marriage preparation process

•Obtained from your Priest or marriage preparation minister the recommendation to a specific retreat

You will be asked to give the name and contact information for this Priest or marriage preparation minister, and will not be able to complete registration without it.  Your Priest or marriage preparation minister may be asked to confirm his approval.

The Catholic Engaged Encounter retreat is best suited for engaged couples preparing for a Sacramental Marriage and

  • Have never been previously married
  • Are NOT living together
  • Do not have children
  • Are not expecting a child

(Friday evening – Sunday afternoon)

Cost: $280 per couple - includes room and board plus materials.

The Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend offers engaged couples an overnight “retreat” experience. This retreat allows couples to enhance their relationship and provides a religious atmosphere allowing the couples to concentrate on their relationship with one another and with God. A team of married couples & a priest guides the participants toward a better understanding of themselves as unique individuals seeking a lifelong companionship through the sacrament of marriage in the Catholic Church.

It is recommended to register after the initial meeting with the priest. The ideal time to attend an Engaged Encounter is from 6-12 months before the wedding, but no later than 2-3 months before the wedding date. SPACE IS LIMITED to only 30 couples per weekend and are scheduled every other month.

The completed registration form and fee (money order only) can be mailed to:

Diocese of Brownsville - Family Life Office
700 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd.
San Juan, TX 78589

A confirmation letter is mailed to the couple when the application and fee are received, this letter guarantees admission to the Engaged Encounter Weekend.

Rescheduling will only be allowed in case of an emergency approved by the Director or Associate, and will include a $80.00 rescheduling fee to offset cost of meals.

Please refer to calendar for available dates or call us @956-784-5012

Retreat Location

St. Eugene Mazenod Retreat Center
400 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd.
San Juan TX 78589

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“The Family finds in the plan of God the creator and redeemer not only its identity, what it is, but also its mission, what it can and should do.”

(Familiaris Consortio 1981, Pope John Paul II)