The weekends begin Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. and end Sunday afternoons at about 3 p.m. Please select a date when you can be in attendance for the entire weekend.

Can't attend a weekend in Great Bend?

Click here for a schedule of Engaged Encounter weekends at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.



Scroll to bottom to navigate to different departments

Engaged Encounter

Engaged Encounter

Upcoming Dates
Jan 4-6 2019
March 1-3 2019
May-June 31-2 2019
July 26-28 2019
Register Now
Encuentro Para Novios
12-13-14 de abril


Catholic Engaged Encounter is ...

... a weekend program that gives couples preparing for marriage the opportunity to examine their lives together through communication.

... a time to share their feelings, hopes, disappointments, joys and frustrations.

... and to do so openly and honestly in a face-to face, heart-to-heart setting designed to deepen and enrich their relationship with each other and with God. This is a time for couples to be alone, to focus on their couple relationship away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life.

Do you have to be Catholic?

No! The Catholic Engaged Encounter program is open to all couples considering marriage. Even though our weekend follows the Catholic church’s teachings, couples from all religions are welcome.

Where are the weekends held?

Engaged Encounter Weekends in the Dodge City Diocese are held at the Heartland Retreat Center in Great Bend. A map, directions and phone numbers will be included with the information pack mailed to you before the weekend.

Why make the retreat?

More than merely satisfying diocesan requirements for marriage preparation the Engaged Encounter Weekend give the engaged couples uninterrupted, private time to examine the issues they will encounter in their marriage relationship. They will have the opportunity to consider their place in society. The exploration of the couples’ expectations for their marriage is extremely important.

What happens on the weekend?

Catholic Engaged Encounter is an intense weekend of marriage preparation presented by a team of two married couples and a priest, all of whom rely on their personal experience and stories to encourage the engaged to examine their own relationship.

The format is as follows:

  • presentations by the team
  • questions for the individuals to answer privately
  • time for individuals to discuss privately their thoughts with their fiancé.

Group discussions are generally limited to an informal Saturday night session where any question may be asked and discussed by the entire group. The focus of the weekend follows a natural progression from the individual – to the couple – to the world. During the weekend the Christian values of commitment and responsibility to marriage, to God and to the church community are emphasized. The weekend is designed to facilitate your growth personally and as a couple’ it is not a dictate on the "right" way to live.

What is the cost of the weekend?

The cost of the weekend is $200. This covers the lodging for two nights, the meals for Saturday and Sunday and materials used on the weekend.

How do I register?


Mike & Lindsay Mazouch


Comments from Couples

"This is one of the greatest weekends we’ve had. We heard about marriage in a positive way."

"We’ve grown to love each other more, yet when we arrived Friday night, we hadn’t thought that would be possible."

"The church’s teaching on sexuality and birth control are a challenge for us. It was so good to hear that there are effective alternatives."

"Tying spiritual and physical aspects of marriage together was difficult . . . you clarified these questions quite well for us."

"We drew closer as we realized how important God was in our marriage."

"I came in a little skeptical, being raised Mormon. I thought the Catholic religion would be emphasized in an uncomfortable way. Thank you for making non-Catholics feel welcome."  


Diocese of Dodge City

910 Central PO Box 137 Dodge City, KS 67801 | 620-227-1500

Site by Solutio