Here you will find information about marriage preparation retreats and programs availalbe for engaged couples in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. If you are an engaged couple, congratulations! Take a look at the options below, and contact your local Catholic Church to begin the marriage preparation process. They can give you more information and answer any questions.

If you are a Church leader and would like to know more about marriage preparation opportunities in the Archdiocese, please contact the Marriage and Family Life office for a consultation.


2021 Marriage Preparation.

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Online Retreat Options

Joy-Filled Marriage | Online Certification Course










This is the self-paced, online version of our Pre-Cana Retreat, using the same materials and covering the same topics for a comprehensive marriage preparation retreat. Couples must complete the combined "God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage" and "Life Skills for Couples" course in order to fulfill the marriage preparation requirement. The course is available in English or Spanish. Cost is $50 and includes:

  • Powerful, award-winning videos based on the Theology of the Body
  • Onlin digital Couple's Guide that includes summaries, activties and discussion questions
  • Assessment quizzes for each session to check for understanding
  • Course completion certificate, certifying all sessions have been watched and course materials complete (this certificate is forwarded to the person preparing the couple for marriage).

Go to the Ascension Press website to register for this course.

Register for the course in Spanish/Inscripción para el curso en español.


Local Retreat Options

If you are in the Indianapolis metro area, there are several retreat options you can attend live. There are a handful of retreat options outside the Indy metro area, and we are looking to partner with parishes and deaneries to increase our satelite retreat locations. Contact the Marriage and Family Life office to talk more about bringing a retreat to your area.

Pre-Cana Retreat | Marriage and Family Life Office








This one-day retreat is offered throughout the year in Indianapolis and beyond. Check individual dates to see their location. The retreat covers God's plan for the Sacrament of marriage through the Theology of the Body, practical skills for a helathy relationship, and sexual ethis before and after marriage, including an introduction to natural family planning with a medical professional.

For more information, visit: http://www.archindy.org/precana

Tobit Retreat | Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House





This is an overnight retreat that runs Friday through Sunday on the campus of Fatima Retreat House on the north-east side of Indianapolis. The focus is on slowing down and taking time to reflect and pray. Topics covered include communication in all aspects of your relationship, prayer as a couple, and having Christ at the center of your marriage.

For more informaiton, visit: https://www.archindy.org/fatima/calendar/tobit.html

One in Christ Retreat | One in Christ Indy







This retreat is held over two consecutive weekends on a Saturday, Sunday and the following Saturday, for a total of three days of retreat. It is offered on the north and south sides of Indianapolis, and couples commute each day. The topics covered include an introduction to Catholicism, communication and the skills of marrige, covenant and sacrament, and natural family planning with a panel of medical professionals.

For more information, visit: https://www.oicindy.com/


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"Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion... They say that it is not worth making a lifelong commitment, making a definitive decision... I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, I ask you to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes you are incapable of responsibility, incapable of true love. I have great confidence in you, and for this very reason, I urge you to opt for marriage."

- Pope Francis in "Christus Vivit" #264

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