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Learn more about the Catholic Engaged Encounter Ministry.
We hold our retreats at the Madonna Center on the St. Pius campus in Albuquerque, NM.
Albuquerque Catholic Engaged Encounter
A married couple sharing from their personal experiences introduces one of a number of different topics. This is followed by a period of personal reflection where each individual writes their thoughts down on paper. The couples then discuss privately how the topic affects their relationship. This format encourages communication that is not swayed by the opinions of others. Since the focus is on the engaged couple and their relationship, group participation is minimal and informal.
The only formal group activity happens on Saturday night in the form of a "rap session". The couples get together to ask questions and share their insights about marriage issues with others in the group and the presenting couples. We follow this up with a prayer session before we retire for the evening.
On Sunday, we close out the weekend by attending mass at the retreat center or at a local parish.
The Engaged Encounter Weekend offers couples a unique opportunity to look at their commitment to each other in a deeper way as they prepare for marriage. It gives them the opportunity to focus exclusively on each other for the weekend in peaceful surroundings, free from the pressure and distractions of the outside world.
Though Catholic in origin, this experience is open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together. The Weekend is an in-depth, private, personal, marriage preparation experience within the context of Catholic faith and values.