Engaged Encounter

Engaged Encounter retreats are led by two married couples and a priest, who present the Catholic Church's teachings about marriage and demonstrate the wisdom of God's plan for married life. Since 1981, over 8,000 couples of the Diocese have participated in these retreats, which are a standard part of marriage preparation. Thirty married couples of the Diocese participate in this movement. Msgrs. John McCabe, Robert Vasa, Timothy Thorburn, and Fathers Christopher Barak, John Sullivan, and Matthew Eickhoff have overseen this ministry.

Gain a deeper appreciation of your relationship and of God's call to unite you in a permanent union. Gain a clearer view of true Christian marriage.


$380 per couple includes two nights lodging, two single rooms with private baths, five meals and materials. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required with the reservation. The balance of $280 is due on Friday evening, payable by check or cash only. A $50 cancellation fee will be assessed if the cancellation noticed is received after Noon on Tuesday preceding the scheduled weekend. A $5 fee will be added for rescheduling.

Checks Payable to: Catholic Engaged Encounter


The weekend begins with registration from 7:15 - 7:45 pm Friday, and ends on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

Engaged Encounter Weekends

2015 ($380/weekend)
Sept. 18-20, 2015
Oct. 16-18 2015
Nov. 13-15, 2015
2016 ($380/weekend)  
Jan. 8-10, 2016  June 17-19, 2016                                                     
Jan. 29-31, 2016  July 15-17, 2016
Feb. 19-21, 2016  Aug. 19-21, 2016
Mar. 11-13, 2016  Sept. 16-18, 2016
Mar. 18-20, 2016  Oct. 14-16, 2016
Apr. 22-24, 2016  Nov. 11-13, 2016
May 13-15, 2016  

We can only accommodate a limited number of couples, so please register 2-3 months prior to the weekend of choice. A confirmation letter will be sent to you. For questions regarding registration or weekend availability, please call the Family Life Office at 402-488-2040 (M-F 9 - 5). For special concerns regarding your weekend, you may also call Mike and Jenny Kearney at 402-874-9544.

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pdf Marriage Preparation Policy (853 KB)

Engaged Encounter Resources

Catholicism Post Weekend Follow-up
Finances Fertility and Natural Family Planning
Relationship for the Engaged Couple Contraception
Prayers and Spirituality Key Issues
Marriage Relationship Wedding Ceremony Planning
Intimacy in Marriage Local Resources
Family and Parenting More Information



Marriage Relationship for the Engaged Couple (books)

Prayers and Spirituality

Marriage Relationship (books)

Intimacy in Marriage (books)

Family and Parenting

Books by Dr. Ray Guarendi - drray.com

Post Weekend Follow-up

Fertility and Natural Family Planning

The Diocese of Lincoln offers Introductory Sessions for NFP and lists a number of NFP Resources including:

Natural Family Planning Blessed Our Marriage: 19 True Stories by Fletcher Doyle (book)


Key Issues

Wedding Ceremony Planning

Local Resources

More Information

  • For Your Marriage.org - An initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, with a wide variety of resources for all engaged and married couples, including daily marriage tips and a free electronic newsletter.
  • Marriage Encounter - A tune-up for couples married three or more years.
  • Retrouvaille - A program to help heal and renew struggling marriages.
  • Catholic Engaged Encounter Videos (Youtube Playlist)
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