Marriage and Marriage Preparation Programs

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Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples

Due to the pandemic, Catholic Engaged Encounter of Lower Hudson Valley will temporarily offer virtual retreats instead of our traditional face-to-face weekends at the Mount Alvernia Retreat Center. Our virtual program will cover the same content and continue to emphasize on your relationship as an engaged couple and your impending sacramental commitment with God at its center.

For the most recent information and to register, please visit:


The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York requires engaged couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage to register and fulfill a marriage preparation program by the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese. A certificate is given at the close of each program.

Mount Alvernia Retreat Center offers engaged couples the Catholic Engaged Encounter Retreat Weekend. The program meets the approved guidelines set by the Archdiocese of New York. The program also meets the requirements of most Catholic dioceses of the U.S. To ensure that your program will be approved by your Diocese, get approval from your local priest before registering.

Topics include:  love is a decision, forgiveness is a decision, Sacrament of Marriage, planning your Wedding Liturgy, Wedding Day is a day, Marriage is a life-long commitment, understanding your vows, compatibility, finances, communication, arguing, conflict-resolution, marital sexuality and romance, Natural Family Planning, children, family of origin, new family, in-laws, the priority of marriage over career/work/recreation/personal interests, giving the gift of time to one another.

The weekend program provides time for a thorough presentation of topics and time for couples to reflect and dialogue.

The Catholic Engaged Encounter Retreat Weekend begins at Friday 8 PM and concludes on Sunday 3 PM. Engaged couples have separate (semi-private) bedrooms with a full bath. Three meals on Saturday and two meals on Sunday, plus snacks and refreshments. For information or to register, call (845) 298-4772 or go to the website

Scholarships are available. If you need assistance, call the Reservation Couple at 845-298-4772 to begin the scholarship process. No couple will ever be turned away because of lack of funds.

For a virtual tour, view the Mount Alvernia Experience topic on YouTube.

2021 Schedule

Catholic Engaged Encounter Retreat Weekend:  June 26-27: VIRTUAL RETREAT, and November 12-14: To be determined at Mt. Alvernia. Visit our website at or find us on FaceBook @ CEELHVNY for the most recent information.

For information about meals, see the Miscellaneous section in Mount Alvernia Retreats.

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