Marriage Preparation Schedule

Our warmest congratulations on your engagement! The love that you share with one another has brought you to this time of discernment a time of prayer, a time of discovery, and a time to determine whether God is calling you to the lifelong vocation of Marriage.

These programs fulfill part of the requirements for Marriage preparation that each engaged couple is required to complete before their wedding. Your pastor, pastoral associate, or deacon can best direct you in your planning.

Attending a diocesan approved sacramental marriage preparation retreat is a very important and enjoyable step in your full preparation. It will help you grow as a couple, especially in your understanding of the promises you will make to each on the day that you are wed.

Here are a few important points about your retreat.

  1. It is your responsibility to schedule your attendance for a retreat a minimum of 4 weeks before the program begins.
  2. Each retreat limits the number of couples that can attend in order to ensure a personal and meaningful retreat. This means you should register as soon as you can.
  3. Be aware that couples from the parish and deanery where the program is located have first rights to the available slots. If you are not from the parish or the deanery, you may be put on a waiting list. Please expect that.
  4. Site coordinators do have the right to deny your request for attendance if their roster is full or if you request attendance within 4 weeks of the retreat date.

A list of the retreats offered in our diocese is found below. You need to call or email the on-site contact for the program that you would like to attend. We recommend that you call or email as soon as possible to ensure that the location has a place for you.

If you have any questions about the retreat or have difficulty finding a retreat that works for you, please contact or call 608-791-2673.

Arcadia Deanery
Holy Family Catholic Church, Arcadia
Liz Fitzpatrick

  • March 1-2, 2019
  • October 4-5, 2019
  • March 6-7, 2020
  • October 2-3, 2020

Durand Deanery
St. Joseph Church, Menomonie
Pam Sirinek

  • May 18, 2019

 La Crosse Deanery
Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall
Maggie Leon

  • February 8-9, 2019
  • April 26-27, 2019
  • July 12-13, 2019


Prairie Du Chien Deanery
St. Wenceslaus Parish, Eastman
Jane Achenbach

  • March 16, 2019 (snow date March 23)


Stevens Point Deanery
Jim & Deb Sniadajewski & Kristi Vuorinen

  • January 19, 2019
  • March 16, 2019

Tomah Deanery

St. Patrick Parish, Mauston
Jaime Pouillie
(608) 847-6054

  • March 9, 2019

St. Mary Queen of the Apostles Parish, Tomah
Wanda Thorson
(608) 372-0825

  • November 9, 2019

Wisconsin Rapids Deanery
St Vincent de Paul, Wisconsin Rapids
Mary Jo Sigourney
Phone: 715-572-9748
Email: stvinred@gmailcom

  • March 16, 2019

Chippewa Falls Deanery
Notre Dame Parish
Contact Karin Hawkins
(715) 723-4890 ext 2

  • February 8-9, 2019
  • June 7-8, 2019

Eau Claire Deanery
St Olaf Catholic Church
(715) 835-9935

  • January 11-12, 2019
  • March 8-9, 2019
  • May 17-18, 2019
  • July 12-13, 2019

Marshfield Deanery
Alanna Hart
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield

  • February 16, 2019
  • April 6, 2019

Richland Center Deanery
St. Mary’s Church, Richland Center
(608) 647-2621

  • January 26, 2019


Thorp Deanery
St. Mary Help of Christians, Colby
Deacon Mike Schaefer
(715) 223-3048 extension 9

  • March 23, 2019

Wausau Deanery

    • March 9, 2019
    • May 11, 2019
    • November 30, 2019