Entering a Catholic Marriage
Live out the holy vocation of a sacramental marriage.
Now come on retreat!
Convalidation retreats are a special time for couples who desire to live out the holy vocation of a sacramental marriage, examine marriage as a partnership and covenant with God, learning tried-and-true marriage skills and tools, while reflecting on their civil union.
What Should You Expect?
You and your spouse will be in a room with other retreat couples where you will be taken through a variety of activities from engaging lectures on various aspects of Catholic teaching on marriage and relationships, personal reflections, written exercises, and demonstrations. Each of you will individually complete the REFOCCUS marital inventory and Wired That Way personality profile, and then discuss your areas of strength, as well as the areas where growth is needed. Afterwards, you and your spouse will have the opportunity to practice what you have just learned with each other in a private conversation discussing important topics that will prepare you for a healthy, happy, holy marriage.
Learning a new concept, practicing it with your spouse, and gaining insight from your fellow retreatants is the format of the retreat. Return to Cana is not group therapy and your privacy will be respected. You will have the chance to comment upon your shared experience, during the optional group sharing. While couples are free to share and ask questions, no one is obligated to self-disclose, if they prefer otherwise. The couples retreat is in-depth, practical, authentically Catholic and up-lifting. Return to Cana is a life-long journey towards greater connection, deepening love, and holy faithful marriage.
Not Group Therapy
learn tools for a healthy loving Catholic marriage