Featured as a marriage preparation program on www.foryourmarriage.com, an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Engaged Encounter is endorsed and approved by the Catholic Church from the Vatican to dioceses and local parishes worldwide.

Developed over 40 years ago, Catholic Engaged Encounter is an international Catholic marriage preparation program with communities in almost 200 dioceses worldwide, including nearly 100 dioceses in the United States. The ministry is continuously updating its internationally implemented format and materials.

Catholic Engaged Encounter, Inc. is a 501(c)3 ministry, which is managed solely by volunteers. 


Catholic Engaged Encounter of Stockton, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization managed by volunteers, we are not associated with any individual parish, and operate with the permission and blessing of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton. Our community provides 8 retreats annually (6 in Hughson, CA and 2 in Stockton, CA). We have 9 presenting teams, 2 hosting teams, and 1 priest. If you are interested in getting involved by fill out this form.

Our retreats are budget friendly. Costing only $175/couple, which includes 5 meals, all materials, and facilities fees, a Catholic Engaged Encounter of Stockton retreat cost typically less than 1% of the average wedding in California's Central Valley.


Catholic Engaged Encounter retreat have married couples sharing stories of their relationship based on five major themes. Some stories are funny, some are sad, but all inspire you to grow as a couple.


The retreat is not group therapy; instead, it provides private one-on-one time for the couple to learn about each other and marriage based on five major themes: The Family we Grew Up In, Sacramental Marriage, Communications, Intimacy - more than just sex, and Values. Couples learn about these five major themes through a series of presentations given by married couples. After each talk, both fiancés have time to reflect and write on the topic covered individually. Couples then are given time to reflect as a couple privately. Couples are never required to share with the group.


Catholic Engaged Encounter was developed over 40-years ago, stemming from Worldwide Marriage Encounter. Over the past 40-years, the ministry has continuously updated its internationally implemented materials.


Widely endorsed and promoted by the Catholic Church!

Catholic Engaged Encounter retreats are endorsed and approved by the Catholic Church from the Vatican to dioceses and parishes around the world, including most parishes in the Diocese of Stockton. 

Catholic Engaged Encounter of Stockton, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations made to Catholic Engaged Encounter of Stockton, Inc. are tax-deductible.