The Skinny


Louisville Catholic Engaged Encounter has been serving couples in the Archdiocese of Louisville for nearly forty years.  (We must be doing something right!)  We are one of approximately 80 different locations providing retreats in the United States.

This is a weekend getaway, a working retreat – not a vacation.  Come with an open mind and an open heart.  Do you want to improve an already good relationship with your fiancé?  Do you want to be the best spouse that you can?  This may be the last opportunity you have before the wedding to deeply focus on your relationship.  Come prepared to work – intellectually, emotionally.

The retreat leaders will introduce a topic or an activity that is designed to make you stop, think, and reflect.  You’ll have some time to do that as an individual, personally.  Immediately following your “me time”, you’ll be invited to share your thoughts one-on-one with your fiancé in a private setting.  Sample topics include: self-awareness, communication, vocation, decision-making, human sexuality, family planning, sacrament, unity and many more.  There are no group discussions, group dynamics, or group therapy.

When there are references to faith or religion, they will be from a Roman Catholic perspective. (Hey, it’s part of our name!) If you or your fiancé is not of the Catholic faith tradition, it’s all good – and we’re not going to try to convert you or your future spouse.

Retreats are held at the Mount Saint Francis Center for Spirituality in Floyds Knobs, Indiana.  Each person will have his or her own private bedroom. Linens and towels are furnished. Professional chefs will prepare and serve you 4 meals.

Due to contractual requirements with our suppliers, registration fees are refundable until one calendar month prior to the start of the retreat. Within one calendar month of your confirmed retreat, your registration is no longer refundable; however, we will happily reschedule you to a future retreat (subject to availability) as late as two weeks prior to the start of your confirmed retreat.

Your fiancé and you need to arrive no later than 7:30am on Saturday morning and plan to depart no sooner than 3:00pm on Sunday. (You’re required to be there the whole time.)  Dress comfortably, but appropriately. Everything is done in an indoor setting, but there may be an opportunity for you to explore the retreat center campus – so if you wish to go on a walk, you might pack whatever “extras” you might need..  Bring your own toiletries – we suggest packing “his” and “hers” separately since you won’t be sharing a room or a bathroom together. Things to leave at home include firearms, booze, illicit drugs, gaming devices (seriously, someone once tried to bring an X-box), TVs, and anything else that might distract you from why you’re here. Come prepared to work – intellectually & emotionally.

Louisville Catholic Engaged Encounter, Inc.