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 6-7, 2020
  • October 2-3, 2020

Durand Deanery
St. Joseph Church, Menomonie
Pam Sirinek

  • May 16, 2020

 La Crosse Deanery
Mary Mother of the Church
Mari Erickson

  • February 7-8, 2020
  • April 24-25, 2020
  • July 10-11, 2020

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

  • February 15, 2020


Stevens Point Deanery
Jim & Deb Sniadajewski & Kristi Vuorinen

  • January 18, 2020
  • March 28, 2020

Tomah Deanery

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

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

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

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

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

Eau Claire Deanery
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
(715) 835-9935

  • January 10-11, 2020
  • March 6-7, 2020
  • May 22-23, 2020
  • July 17-18, 2020

Marshfield Deanery
Alanna Hart
Marshfield Medical Center

  • February 15, 2020
  • April 4, 2020
  • September 19, 2020
  • November 7, 2020
  • February 13, 2021
  • April 10, 2021

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

  • January 25, 2020


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

  • March 7, 2020

Wausau Deanery

    • November 30, 2019
    • February 29, 2020
    • April 25, 2020
    • October 31, 2020