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Engaged Encounter Weekend

January 26 - January 28

Engaged Encounter is a group experience designed to give couples private time to plan their future together. The weekend gives couples who are planning to marry the opportunity to communicate with each other—individually, honestly, and intensively—about their prospective lives together: their strengths and weaknesses; desires, ambitions, and goals; their attitudes about money, sex, children, and family; and their roles in the Church and in society.

What happens during the weekend?

The weekend begins Friday evening and ends Sunday afternoon. A trained team of married couples present talks to the group on important aspects of married life. After each presentation, the engaged couples are given the time to write about their thoughts and feelings, then discuss them privately with their partner. This is an intense but highly worthwhile weekend that allows the couple to concentrate on building their relationship with each other and with God. Although there are other people on the weekend, Engaged Encounter is meant to be a couple’s experience.

Where are Engaged Encounters held?

All weekends are held at a hotel in the capital region (specific details follow after registration). Reservations are limited to approximately 15 couples. Please note that all sleeping rooms are pre-assigned by the Laity & Family staff—two people of the same gender are in each room.

What is the cost of the weekend?

The weekend cost is $400 per couple with a $200 deposit due at registration. The fee includes overnight lodging, meals, and materials. The registration fee is transferable but non-refundable. However, no couple should let financial concerns prevent them from making an Engaged Encounter weekend. Payment arrangements can be made on an individual basis if the couple or their parish cannot afford the expense.

Where can I register?

Registration may be done by mail or online, and you may register up to two weeks before a weekend. If you are registering within two weeks of a weekend, please note that some weekends fill up much earlier and anyone registering within two weeks is encouraged to contact the Laity & Family Office before attempting to register. Registrations are not guaranteed until you hear from the Laity & Family Office.


Call the Laity & Family Office at 717-657-4804, ext. 303 or email CLEVMail@hbgdiocese.org.

2024 Engaged Encounter Brochure

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January 26
January 28
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Kate Neri
(717) 657-4804