Catholic Engaged Encounter of Brooklyn and Queens
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 in the Catholic Church. It fulfills the diocesan requirement that couples complete a marriage preparation, or pre-Cana, program.
A weekend away provides a special time for couples to deepen their relationship free from pressure and distractions of the outside world. With a “time out” for alone-together time, there is an opportunity for couples to dialogue honestly and intensively about their prospective life together. Preparing for this union, couples learn to communicate more effectively.
The weekend emphasizes the meaning of sacramental marriage, a holy, permanent bond. Couples learn why matrimony is a sacrament, how that affects their lives, and what their commitment means.
Family traditions each person brings to the marriage are explored. Intimacy in marriage is discussed, with an emphasis on the couple’s sharing all parts of their lives to form an intimate bond. Couples explore their preparedness for marriage in the church, learn more about each other, and prepare for a deeper and more meaningful life together.
Our weekends are offered at Bishop Molloy Retreat House, which is a 4-minute walk from the E and F subway and easily accessible by car. The program consists of a series of short talks offered by a team of two married couples and a priest. After each talk, you'll sit quietly by yourself to write answers to a series of questions. Then you'll share what you've written with your fiancé(e) and discuss it--just the two of you.
If you need financial assistance to take part, please speak to us. Thanks to donations from couples who have made the weekend, we are able to reduce the cost if necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Catholic Engaged Encounter? Because a wedding is a day, but a marriage is a lifetime. On a sleepover retreat, you'll have time to put aside the stress of everyday life and wedding preparations to focus on what matters most: your lives together.
Our retreats are held at the beautiful Bishop Molloy Retreat House, the Passionist Spiritual Center of New York City, located near mass transit in Jamaica Estates, Queens.
Interfaith couples planning to marry in the Catholic Church are welcome– about a third of the couples attending Engaged Encounter retreats in the Brooklyn diocese are interfaith.
The earlier, the better. Six months before your wedding date is common, but it can be sooner.
Email us at for a registration form.
Yes. You'll receive a certificate from the Diocese of Brooklyn. All dioceses accept it.
Arrive at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night. We finish early Sunday afternoon. See below for dates
Yes. That's what makes Catholic Engaged Encounter a special experience.
I'd still like to know if ... Please call or email us if you have further questions! We're at or 718-253-2983, Maureen and Paul Moses.
Dates and Registration
We have canceled our May 1-3 retreat because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Catholic Engaged Encounter of Brooklyn-Queens has no further weekends scheduled. Registrations are available nearby on Long Island and in the Archdiocese of New York:
July 10-12, 2020
August 7-9, 2020
Maureen and Paul Moses