Catholic Engaged Encounter is an in-depth, private, personal, marriage preparation experience within the context of Catholic faith and values. The weekend is open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church according to its Church law. The Catholic Engaged Encounter program is an investment in the future – a weekend experience in which an atmosphere is created that enables each couple to concentrate exclusively on one another while free of the pressures and interruptions of daily life. It is a non-recreational retreat, but a beautiful a program designed to give each couple an opportunity to discuss honestly with each other, in a face-to-face manner, their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, their attitudes about money, sex, family, spiritual values, and their role in society.

Catholic Engaged Encounter, San Diego offers marriage preparation weekend retreats from 2 locations – Mission San Luis Rey and St. Charles Retreat Center. The weekend retreat content and format is exactly the same at each facility.

If you cannot afford the cost of the weekend due to financial hardship, contact your officiating priest or e-mail us at

2016 Dates are Now Available!!!