Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend?
It is a time for reflection and serious dialogue in a retreat atmosphere. It is low key but focused on communication. It is not a vacation.
What happens during the weekend?
A team of two married couples and a priest presents ideas on various aspects of married life that will pertain to your relationship. As a couple you will discuss:
- Your strengths and weaknesses,
- Desires, ambitions and goals,
- Attitudes about money, sex, children and family,
- Your role in church and society.
Personal reflection and communication are the main thrust of the weekend.
Do we do a lot of group stuff?
You listen to talks, have discussions, eat together and attend Sunday Liturgy. The focus is on “Your Relationship.”
Who is eligible?
Engaged couples with a definite commitment are invited to come. It is primarily for couples being married in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Engaged Encounter family does welcome those planning an interfaith or Christian marriage in another church.
Where is this held?
Weekends are held at Mount St. Joseph Conference & Retreat Center, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, Kentucky 42356. (The MSJ Conference & Center is about 15 miles west of Owensboro, Kentucky.)
What is the cost?
The cost for the entire weekend is $175.00 per couple. NO REFUND. The cost covers room, board and materials, Catholic Engaged Encounter will ask for a voluntary donation at the conclusion of the weekend for continued growth of the Catholic Engaged Encounter program in the Diocese of Owensboro.
When should we arrive?
Check in time is between 7:00 and 7:15 a.m. Saturday. The weekend begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. It ends Sunday afternoon about 3:30 p.m. Participants are expected to stay until the conclusion of the Mass on Sunday unless an emergency arises. This weekend should be set aside for just the two of you!
Registration Deadline: One week prior to the weekend you choose to attend.
How do we register?
Please complete the online Engaged Encounter registration form and either pay online or mail your $175.00 per couple registration fee. Upon receipt of the fee and registration form, a letter will be forwarded to you confirming your reservation. Please make checks payable to: Catholic Engaged Encounter, Diocese of Owensboro.
Mail registration and check to:
Family Life Office
600 Locust Street
Owensboro, KY 42301