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 ~
    Sts Peter & Paul, Independence
    (715) 985-2227
    March 3-4, 2017
    October 6-7, 2017
    March 2-3, 2018
  • ~ Chippewa Falls Deanery ~
    Contact Notre Dame Parish
    (715) 723-7108.
  • ~ Durand Deanery ~
    St. Joseph Church, Menomonie
    Julie Bendel(715) 232-4922 or
    May 20th, 2017
  • ~ Eau Claire Deanery ~
    St Olaf Catholic Church
    Deacon Robert W. Chittendon
    715-832-2504 Ext 100
    Jan 13-14, 2017
    Mar 10-11, 2017
    May 5-6, 2017
    Jul 28-29, 2017
  • ~ La Crosse Deanery ~

    Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall
    (Contact information coming)
    April 28-29, 2017
    July 14-15, 2017Mary Mother of the Church
    Allie Dunkley
    (608)788-5483, ext. 2
  • ~Marshfield Deanery~
    Alanna Hart
    St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield
    August 19, 2017
    November 4, 2017
    February 17, 2018
    April 7, 2018
  • ~ Prairie Du Chien Deanery ~
    St. Wenceslaus Parish, Eastman
    Yvonne Hady
    (608) 872-2108
    April 1, 2017
  • ~ Richland Center Deanery ~
    St. Mary’s Church, Richland Center
    (608) 647-2621
  • ~ Stevens Point Deanery ~
    Dwaine & Susan Habrat
    715-344-9117 Ext 212
    March 11, 2017
  • ~ Thorp Deanery ~
    St. Mary Help of Christians, Colby
    Deacon Mike Schaefer
    (715) 223-3048 extension 9
  • ~Tomah Deanery ~
    St. Mary Queen of the Apostles Parish, Tomah
    Wanda Thorson
    (608) 372-0825
    March 18, 2017
  • ~ Wausau Deanery ~
    Contact Saint Mark Parish
    March 10-11, 2017
    May 12-13, 2017
    August 11-12, 2017
    October 27-28, 2017
    March 9-10, 2018
    May 11-12, 2018
    August 10-11, 2018
    October 26-27, 2018
  • ~ Wisconsin Rapids Deanery ~
    St Vincent de Paul, Wisconsin Rapids
    Mary Jo Sigourney
    April 8, 2017

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