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, Matthew Eickhoff and Sean Kilcawley 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/couple includes two nights lodging, two single rooms with private baths, five meals and materials. A $100 non-refundable deposit (payable by credit card) is required with the reservation. The balance of $280 will be automatically billed to the registrants credit card on Monday, 4 days prior to the retreat. A $50 cancellation fee will be assessed if a cancellation notice is received after Noon on Tuesday preceding the scheduled weekend.

If registering and paying by paper form, please make check 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

We can only accommodate a limited number of couples on each 

weekend so please register at least 3-6 months prior to the retreat

weekend of your choice.  

 Remaining 2019 Weekends

Sept. 20-22
Oct. 11-13
Nov. 8-10

Register online here for a 2019 weekend

A confirmation email with details will be sent to you after registering, please save for future reference. For questions regarding registration or weekend availability, please call the Family Life Office at 402-473-0620. (M-F, 9-5pm). For special concerns regarding your weekend, you may also call Mike & Jenny Kearney at 402-209-3786.

2020 Weekends-  Registration for 2020 weekends will open in SEPTEMBER!

Jan. 3-5 May 8-10
Jan. 17-19 June 12-14
Feb. 14-16 July 24-26
Feb. 21-23 Aug. 21-23
Mar. 20-22 Sept. 25-27
Mar. 27-29 Oct. 9-11
Apr. 24-26 Nov. 6-8

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pdf Marriage Preparation Policy (853 KB)

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Engaged Encounter Resources



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:

'Green Sex' by Jason Evert (free audio)
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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