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


Arcadia Deanery

Holy Family Catholic Church, Arcadia
Liz Fitzpatrick

  • March 6-7, 2020
  • October 2-3, 2020

Chippewa Falls Deanery

Notre Dame Parish
Contact Karin Hawkins – 
715-723-4890 ext 2
[email protected]

  • April 3-4, 2020
  • June 12-13, 2020

Durand Deanery

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

  • May 16, 2020

Eau Claire Deanery

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

  • March 6-7, 2020
  • May 22-23, 2020
  • July 17-18, 2020

La Crosse Deanery

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

  • April 24-25, 2020
  • July 10-11, 2020

Marshfield Deanery

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

  • April 4, 2020
  • 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
web: www.pointdeanery.org/marriage
email: [email protected]

  • April 4, 2020

Thorp Deanery

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

  • March 7, 2020 – CLOSED

Tomah Deanery

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

  • February 22, 2020 

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

  • November 14, 2020

Wausau Deanery

[email protected]

  • Feb. 29, 2020-FULL
  • April 25, 2020
  • October 31, 2020

Wisconsin Rapids Deanery

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

  • March 14, 2020