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.

There is also a listing of retreats in a chronological format with more details located on the tab Marriage and Family Life Events Calendar

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

Arcadia Deanery

Holy Family Catholic Church, Arcadia

Deacon Mike and Erin Kamrowski


  • May 5, 2022

Chippewa Falls Deanery

Notre Dame Parish
Contact Bryan and Lily Kirchner


  • June 3-5
  • September 16-18

Durand Deanery

St. Joseph Church, Menomonie
Nicki Welsch – (715) 232-4920 x813


  • May 14, 2022



Eau Claire Deanery

St. Mary Catholic Church

1812 Lynn Ave, Altoona, WI 54720


  • Friday June 10th 7-9pm through Saturday June 11th 9am-5pm
  • Friday January 27th 7-9pm through Saturday January 28th 9am-5pm
  • To register for the events, please email: bmunns@smsrcatholic.com

La Crosse Deanery

Mary Mother of the Church
Mari Erickson – 608-518-7655


  • April 30, 2022 (closed)
  • July 16, 2022

All retreats will take place at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Onalaska.


Marshfield Deanery

Alanna Hart – 715-650-7310
Marshfield Area Parishes (Specific Locations TBD)

  • October 8th, 2022

  • February 11th, 2023

  • April 15, 2023

Prairie Du Chien Deanery

St. Wenceslaus Parish, Eastman
Jane Achenbach


Richland Center Deanery

St. Mary’s Church, Richland Center
Cheryl Blankenship – 608-647-2621

  • January 28, 2023


Stevens Point Deanery

Jim & Deb Sniadajewski & Kristi Vuorinen
web: www.pointdeanery.org/marriage
email: contact@pointdeanery.org







Thorp Deanery

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

Tomah Deanery

St. Patrick Parish, Mauston
Jaime Pouillie
(608) 847-6054
(to register, contact Jennifer jenniferlaursen@stpatricksmauston.com


St. Mary Queen of the Apostles Parish, Tomah
Contact Katie in the parish office:
608-372-4516 x 1

Wausau Deanery

St. Paul Parish

603 4th St. Mosinee, WI  54455

Contact: Fr. Al Slowiak


  • October 15, 2022

Wisconsin Rapids Deanery

St Vincent de Paul, Wisconsin Rapids
Mary Jo Sigourney
Phone: 715-572-9748
Email: stvinred@gmail.com

  • June 11, 2022