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 [email protected] or call 608-791-2673.

Arcadia Deanery

Holy Family Catholic Church, Arcadia
Liz Fitzpatrick

[email protected]
608-864-0682

  • May 6, 2021
  • May 5, 2022

Chippewa Falls Deanery

Notre Dame Parish
Contact Bryan and Lily Kirchner
608-514-2833

 [email protected] 

Durand Deanery

St. Joseph Church, Menomonie
Pam Sirinek – 715-232-4920
[email protected]

  • May 15, 2021

Eau Claire Deanery

Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church
Deb – 715-835-9935
[email protected]

La Crosse Deanery

Mary Mother of the Church
Mari Erickson – 608-518-7655
[email protected]

  • February 6, 2021
  • April 24, 2021
  • July 10, 2021

Marshfield Deanery

Alanna Hart – 715-650-7310
[email protected]
Marshfield Medical Center

  • September 19, 2020
  • November 7, 2020
  • February 13, 2021
  • April 10, 2021

Prairie Du Chien Deanery

St. Wenceslaus Parish, Eastman
Jane Achenbach

608-874-4420
[email protected]

Richland Center Deanery

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

 

Stevens Point Deanery

Jim & Deb Sniadajewski & Kristi Vuorinen
715-303-7780
web: www.pointdeanery.org/marriage
email: [email protected]

  • January 16, 2021
  • March 13, 2021

Thorp Deanery

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

Tomah Deanery

St. Patrick Parish, Mauston
Jaime Pouillie
(608) 847-6054
[email protected]
(to register, contact Jennifer [email protected]

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

  • November 14, 2020

Wausau Deanery

715-359-5206
[email protected]

  • October 31, 2020

Wisconsin Rapids Deanery

St Vincent de Paul, Wisconsin Rapids
Mary Jo Sigourney
Phone: 715-572-9748
Email: [email protected]