About Engaged Encounter

Engaged Encounter is an investment in the future -- a weekend in which an atmosphere is created for each couple to concentrate exclusively on one another, free of the tensions, pressures and interruptions of daily living. It is a quiet weekend, specifically designed to give a couple planning marriage an opportunity to talk honestly and intensively about their future together.

The weekend consists of a series of presentations led by a team of married couples and a priest. The engaged couple is encouraged to talk privately with each other on many aspects of marriage, always from the viewpoint of their own relationship. Personal reflection and discussion as a couple are the principal activities of the weekend.

Marriage can be understood in its cycles of romance, disillusionment, and true joy, culminating in unity. Through this weekend the couple gets to know each other more deeply, and learn ways of communication that can be used throughout their lives. The weekend encourages engaged couples to communicate in terms of planning a marriage, not just a wedding celebration. Couples who attend an Encounter weekend several months prior to their wedding obtain the maximum benefit.

Engaged Encounter began in 1974 to help prepare engaged couples for marriages. It has grown to a national organization with communities in most dioceses in the United States and in many countries around the world. More information may be found about the organization, the program, and other communities at www.engagedencounter.org.