Give your fiance the gift of a weekend unplugged in this beautiful and peaceful setting, focused on one another, preparing for your life together.
What is Catholic Engaged Encounter?
Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) conducts marriage preparatation retreats worldwide throughout the year. This professionally developed and Pontifically Blessed ministry has operated in the diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for over 25 years, preparing couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony. CEE is staffed entirely of two volunteer married couples and a priest or deacon. There are no paid presenters, just married couples speaking openly and honestly from a real life perspective on marriage from the inside.
How is CEE's retreat format different from other marriage preparation programs?
CEE offers an intimate experience in a peaceful and private setting on beautiful Buffalo Lake. The retreat is a unique opportunity to communicate on a deep level with your fiance on important topics you will face in married life. This overnight retreat format fosters the sense of togetherness, unity, and an uninterrupted focus on your fiance and relationship that may not be present with other "go home" formats.
What Happens on the Weekend?
A team of two married couples and a priest will guide you as you explore many topics including: relational communication, conflict resolution, finances, intimacy, forgiveness, decision making, marriage as
a sacrament, God and prayer. After each presentation, you and your fiance’ will be given time to privately share thoughts and ideas.
Do You Have to be Catholic?
No. Catholic Engaged Encounter welcomes engaged couples of all faiths preparing for marriage. Please note that our weekend does follow the Catholic Church’s teachings.