Catholic Engaged Encounter of San Diego

"A Wedding is a day. A Marriage is a Lifetime..."


Catholic Engaged Encounter of San Diego is an in-depth, private, personal, marriage preparation experience within the context of Catholic faith and values. The weekend is open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church according to its Church law.

The weekend program is an investment in the future – a retreat experience in which an atmosphere is created that enables each couple to concentrate exclusively on one another while free of the pressures and interruptions of daily life. It is not a recreational retreat, rather a beautiful a program designed to give each couple an opportunity to discuss topics honestly with each other, in a face-to-face manner, their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, attitudes about money, sex, family, spiritual values, and their role in society.

Though Catholic in origin, the Engaged Encounter Weekend is not limited to Catholic couples. The lessons generally call a man and a woman, as a couple, to strive for a sacramental way of life through the vocation of marriage. The weekend offers each couple insights and tools to enrich their relationship and strengthen their love for one another.


Catholic Engaged Encounter, San Diego offers marriage preparation weekend retreats at our two retreat centers. The weekend retreat content and format is exactly the same at each locations. At both retreat centers, the retreat starts on Friday night and runs through Sunday afternoon. You and your fiancé will each be assigned a roommate at both retreat centers. The fees to attend an Engaged Encounter weekend covers all materials used on the weekend, meals, and facility costs.

    Oceanside, CA
    Imperial Beach, CA

Please visit the registration page for current dates. If for some reason you cannot attend your weekend or would like to change your weekend date, please contact us at

Cancellations, Refunds, & Schedule Changes
  • Cancellations/refunds:  $25 non-refundable fee
  • Rescheduling at least ten days before the start of a weekend:  no fees or penalties.
  • Rescheduling/Cancelling less than ten days before a weekend or after a weekend has begun will result in forfeiting the entire fee for the weekend, due to financial commitments at our retreat facilities.
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