Catholic Engaged Encounter of San Diego

"A Wedding is a day. A Marriage is a Lifetime..."

Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend

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 weekend program is an investment in the future – a retreat 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 not a recreational retreat, rather a beautiful a program designed to give each couple an opportunity to discuss topics honestly with each other, in a face-to-face manner, their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, attitudes about money, sex, family, spiritual values, and their role in society.

Though Catholic in origin, the Engaged Encounter Weekend is not limited to Catholic couples. The lessons generally call a man and a woman, as a couple, to strive for a sacramental way of life through the vocation of marriage. The weekend offers each couple insights and tools to enrich their relationship and strengthen their love for one another.

Take a look below to learn more about the weekend!

Schedule Information

Catholic Engaged Encounter, San Diego is currently offering both virtual and in-person marriage preparation weekend retreats, modified to adhere with COVID safety protocols. The weekend retreat content is exactly the same at each of our 2 locations and online. Please note that scheduled in-person weekends may be converted to online retreats at any time due to the rapidly changing health climate.

Weekend Fees and Locations

The fees to attend an Engaged Encounter weekend covers all materials used on the weekend, meals and facility costs.

  • Mission San Luis Rey – Oceanside – $300
  • St. Charles – Imperial Beach – $250
  • Virtual – Via Zoom – $200

Please visit the registration page for current dates. If for some reason you cannot attend your weekend or would like to change your weekend date, please contact us at

Cancellations, Refunds, & Schedule Changes

  • Cancellations/refunds:  $25 non-refundable fee
  • Rescheduling at least ten days before the start of a weekend:  no fees or penalties.
  • Rescheduling/Cancelling less than ten days before a weekend or after a weekend has begun will result in forfeiting the entire fee for the weekend, due to financial commitments at our retreat facilities.
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