Columbus Engaged Encounter
Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is Engaged Encounter?
  • Who is it for?
  • What happens at an Engaged Encounter?
  • Are there group discussions?
  • What does it cost?
  • What about Registration?

  • What is Engaged Encounter?
    EE is a marriage preparation program for couples who are committed to building a deep and long lasting marital relationship.
    The weekend is an opportunity to put aside wedding plans, job issues, and day-to-day responsibilities to focus on your relationship. It is a time to share feelings, hopes, fears, joys, and frustrations. It is NOT a retreat, counseling clinic or sensitivity course.

    Who is it for?
    Engaged Encounter is designed for couples of all ages who are either engaged or considering marriage. It is an alternative to Diocesan and Parish based PreCana which satisfies the Catholic Church's marriage preparation requirement. Although Catholic in origin and orientation, it is open to couples of all faiths who seek to enrich their quality of life together. In fact, fifty percent of participating couples are interfaith.

    What happens at an Engaged Encounter?
    Engaged Encounter creates an atmosphere in which the couple can concentrate exclusively on their relationship without distraction. A series of presentations are given by married couples, which include personal sharing on marriage and family life. Each presentation gives the engaged an opportunity to reflect on their own relationship with each other, God, and the community around them.
    The main thrust of the weekend is the engaged couple's personal reflections with each other on the subjects in the presentations. The weekend begins the process of building a life together, a process which takes a lifetime to complete. The weekend closes with mass on Sunday.

    Are there group discussions?
    Reflections on the presentations are strictly between the engaged couple. Invitations to share thoughts or opinions outside of this context are purely voluntary.

    What does it cost?
    The cost of virtual weekends is $30 in 2021.

    No couple is turned away because of cost. Financial aid is available. Please have your priest or minister call or write us to recommend you for a full or partial scholarship if you cannot cover the cost of the weekend.

    The fee covers the cost of materials for the engaged couples. The presenting couples are non-paid volunteers.

    Payment in full is due no later than two weeks prior to the weekend.

    No refunds will be offered for cancellations submitted within two weeks of a scheduled weekend.

    What about Registration?
    Pre-registration is essential to securing a place on the weekend of your choice. You can register in one of two ways:
    Once the registration has been received, a space will be reserved for you on the weekend.

    A confirmation notice will be sent to the address or email indicated. About two weeks prior to the weekend a letter or email will be sent to you with details and instructions concerning the weekend.