"This was the best thing that could have happened to our relationship. I feel that we have accomplished talking about issues that we haven't been able to agree on before, and I feel a lot closer to my fiance'."

"Although I started with low expectations, this weekend has been very fruitful. I have learned a lot spiritually and emotionally, and increased that very special bond that I have with my fiance'. But not only is that bond strengthened, but so is the bond I have with God, and the bond with my family. Additionally, I have grown as a person, and in my willingness to share my thoughts and feelings with my fiance'."

"It was an intense period of spiritual, relationship, and marriage enrichment. I think it has paved the way for us to discuss issues which have yet to be addressed and reinforced issues that we have addressed."

"This weekend - I truly thought would be some long lame torturous thing, but really it has helped me to get back to the basics of why I chose this man. Life was really getting in between us lately with work and family, but this weekend brought us so much closer. We decided how to handle many issues that were playing in the back of both of our minds. I shared fears and anxieties about marriage and have left here more in love than I arrived. I am so glad we were forced to do this. Sadly, we would have never came willingly."

"It has brought me closer to my fiance and opened up avenues for us to explore and discover with one another. This will be invaluable to us...."

"Since I am not Catholic, this weekend has given me an opportunity to spend some time getting closer to my future wife's religion. Also, the topics that were discussed clearly will help make our relationship smoother...."

More Experiences from the Engaged

Catholic Engaged Encounter Marriage Preparation

Catholic Engaged Encounter with Gigi and Evan

Ministry Related Resources

National Catholic Engaged Encounter - Find out more about the national organization of Catholic Engaged Encounter and locate CEE communities near you.

International Catholic Engaged Encounter - Our international community.

New Orleans Catholic Engaged Encounter - Nearby Catholic Engaged Encounter retreats.

Lafayette Catholic Engaged Encounter - Nearby Catholic Engaged Encounter retreats.


Marriage Related Resources

Worldwide Marriage Encounter - Marriage enriching retreat for married couples.

Couple to Couple League - Organization that supports and provides resources for NFP.

The Positive Way - Online Interactive Marriage Resources


Troubled Marriage Related Resources

Retrouvaille - A lifeline for married couples to help them heal and renew their own marriage relationship.

Beginning Experience - For the widowed, separated and divorced.

Marriage Builders - Resources to overcome marital conflicts and restore love.

Divorce Busting - Counseling to prevent unnecessary divorce.


Family and Parenting Related Resources

Focus on the Family - A ministry dedicated to helping families thrive.

Family and Hope Network - Parenting articles

Family Dynamics Institute - Classes and workshops to strengthen the marriage and family.


Addiction Related Resources

AddictionResource - A resource to help combat drug addition

American Society of Addition Medicine - Combating drug addiction with aid of medicine

Tobacco Free Life - A resource to help quit smoking

Have you ever wanted an opportunity to do something that will really help make the world a better place?

Engaged Encounter may be the way for you to do that. We are a Couple Ministry, working in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the idea of improving marriages in our area. We give a weekend that helps couples work on communication, conflict resolution, and seeing the importance of having God at the center of their relationships. If couples can truly take the values of the weekend with them the world will be a better place.

But we don't have time to get involved with something like this.

In the first place, joining our community is not all that time consuming. Those of us that present weekends usually give between 2 and 4 weekends a year. But there is a commitment to preparing talks and being a part of the community. There is also a need for couples to work in support roles in our community. Those of us in Engaged Encounter really have made it a part of our family in many ways. Our community is a great way for couples to do something together that really makes a difference in our Church and in the world. Just think, if we could really do something to make marriages better and longer lasting, how many other problems would be solved.

OK, so how do I join?

We meet on a monthly basis for Engaged Encounter business, marriage enrichment and community fellowship. We would love to have you at our next meeting to get acquainted. Then you can decide if this ministry is for you. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out the location of the next meeting. Catholic Engaged Encounter is open to all couples that live in the Baton Rouge area and are able to commit to helping our community grow. To be a presenting team on the weekend both spouses must be Catholic, but community membership is open to all.

Meet Our Volunteer Couples!

Jonathan and Winslow - Presenters
Richard and Mary - Certificate Couple and Presenters
Doug and Lynette - Supply Couple
Mark and Leigh - Enrichment and Presenters
Eric and Jessica - Recruitment, Social Media and Presenters
Daniel and Lisa - Meals on Wheels, Stewardship
Luke and Ami - Decor Couple
Chad and Rebecca - Priest Scheduling/Recruiting and Presenters
Eddie and Linda - Local Coordinators, Registration, Workshop and Presenters
Troy and Julie - Prayer Sponsor Couple
Bill and Meredith - Finance Couple
Josh and Lauren - Prayer Sponsor Couple
Joey and Brittany - Recruiting and Packets

Couple We Need You!

We still need couples to fill these roles:
Presenting Couples
Prayer Sponsor Couples
Packet Couple