Preparing for Christian Marriage Retreats will be offered several weekends per year. They are held in collaboration with local parish leadership. In order to register, an engaged couple must be referred by their pastor, associate pastor or deacon who is assisting them in preparation for their marriage. Please read the description for Weekend Retreats below. It is recommended that Marriage preparation retreats be scheduled early during your engagement and completed at least one month prior to your wedding date.
Registration for a retreat in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is done by clicking the REGISTER link on this page.
May 16-17 at John XXIII
July 25-26 at John XXIII
August 22-23 at Priest Field
November 14-15 at John XXIII
Please register early, as spaces fill quickly.
As long as space allows, the registration deadline is 1 month prior to the start of the chosen weekend. In the event a diocesan retreat is canceled, registrants will be notified in advance.
Saint John XXIII Pastoral Center
100 Hodges Road
Charleston, WV 25314
A) Weekend Retreats.
The marriage preparation weekend retreat is designed to allow time for engaged couples to get away to a quiet place to learn the Catholic understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage. Through theologically-based sessions, couples hear of the four core aspects of Catholic marriage: faith, communication, sexuality, and stewardship. Time is also allowed for couples reflection and discussion. The weekend retreat is FREE and includes four meals, one overnight stay, and one workbook.
The schedule begins on Saturday* morning with 9:00 am check-in followed by morning sessions, lunch, afternoon sessions, dinner and evening prayer. The retreat continues Sunday morning with breakfast, a morning session, celebration of Mass, and concludes with lunch and issuance of Certificates of Completion.
(*If Friday evening lodging is needed, it should be made separately and directly with the pastoral center.)
B) Parish-based Retreat Series. Availability and start time vary depending on the parish. Contact your parish for more details.
C) Parish Sponsor or Companioning Couple Sessions. Contact your parish for marriage prep sponsor or companioning couples who may be available.
In addition, couples may also choose the option of regional Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekends. Carefully read the specific information at each Engaged Encounter website regarding time-frames, housing accommodations, registration costs, payment, and all other required policies.
- Greensburg, PA: Please learn more about Greensburg Catholic Engaged Encounter at the following link: https://www.dioceseofgreensburg.org/parish-life/Pages/marriage.aspx
- Steubenville, OH: Please learn more about the Steubenville Engaged Encounter at the following link: http://www.steubenvillecee.org
- Arlington, VA: Please learn more about Arlington Catholic Engaged Encounter at the following link: https://engagedencounterva.com
For more information about the diocesan pastoral centers or other retreat sites (including location information and directions), click on the name of the center.