What is Catholic Engaged Encounter? CEE is recognized, both nationally and internationally, as a quality, highly effective, marriage preparation program designed to meet the needs of today's engaged couples.

Communication Needs Engaged Encounter introduces couples to a communication technique they can use effectively to foster a deeper knowledge of each other.

Spiritual Needs Each couple comes to realize that marriage is a sacrament and a vocation, and that God and prayer are essential to a fruitful marriage.

Personal Needs Each person is challenged to review the decision-making process and to examine the motives for seeking marriage.

A Commitment to Marriage The presenting teams usually consist of two married couples and a priest who give a series of carefully prepared presentations. The teams are serious about marriage, and believe it is a sacrament and should not be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but deliberately, and seriously.

Engaged Encounter does not boast of a 0% failure rate. The teams are very realistic about what can be done on a weekend. They have noticed that even a minimally motivated couple can come to an experiential knowledge of what marriage is.

The Engaged Encounter Program It is an intensive weekend of work during which each couple is offered the time and opportunity to question, examine, and deepen their relationship with each other and with God. Couples are challenged to explore their relationship in a much deeper, more honest way than they have been before. CEE is recognized, both nationally and internationally, as a quality, highly effective, marriage preparation program designed to meet the needs of today's engaged couples.

Topics covered during the weekend include self-awareness, human sexuality, communications, decision making, Natural Family Planning, vocation, sacrament, unity and more.

Retreat Dates for 2018

  • August 17-19th
  • November 16-18th

Retreat Dates for 2019

  • January 25-27th
  • March 15-17th
  • May 3-5th
  • June 28-30th
  • August 23-25th
  • November 15-17th

Registration If you would like to register for a weekend, please register here.

Location Weekends will be held at the Westerfield Conference Center located at the Tracy Center on Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge. This facility is also known as the Catholic Life Center.

The Catholic Life Center campus is on South Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge, just north of Interstate 10 (See below for maps).

From I-10:

  • Exit 157-B.
  • Turn North onto S. Acadian Thruway.
  • The Catholic Life Center will be on your left, just after the Baton Rouge Center for Visual & Performing Arts School.

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Site Map

If you are ready to register for a Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend, then you can register online or print a registration form and register by mail. Please choose one of the following options:

Register ONLINE

Register by MAIL

At certain times of the year weekends fill up fast, and your place on any weekend is not guaranteed until we receive your deposit and confirm with you by mail.

If you cannot afford the full cost of the weekend, you should ask the priest that referred you to Engaged Encounter to contact the registration couple.

You are encouraged to register as soon as possible in order to ensure your spot. We do have a waiting list if the weekend is full when you register. If you must cancel or move to another weekend, please do so early enough so that the next couple on the waiting list may be allowed to attend the weekend.

You may This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the registration couple at (225) 337-2214.

The Process

  • Print and complete the registration form
  • Be sure to indicate a first and second choice of weekend dates (See below)
  • Mail the registration form with a check for the weekend fee of $260.00 (Make checks payable to Catholic Engaged Encounter)

Retreat Dates for 2018

  • August 17-19th
  • November 16-18th

Retreat Dates for 2019

  • January 25-27th
  • March 15-17th
  • May 3-5th
  • June 28-30th
  • August 23-25th
  • November 15-17th

At certain times of the year weekends fill up fast, and your place on any weekend is not guaranteed until we receive your deposit and confirm with you by mail.

If you cannot afford the full cost of the weekend, you should ask the priest that referred you to Engaged Encounter to contact the registration couple.

You are encouraged to register as soon as possible in order to ensure your spot. We do have a waiting list if the weekend is full when you register. If you must cancel or move to another weekend, please do so early enough so that the next couple on the waiting list may be allowed to attend the weekend.

You may This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the registration couple at (225) 337-2214.