Pre-Cana Conference


The Pre-Cana conference is a 1 or 1.5 day workshop (depending on location) that uses the Joy-Filled Marriage Program. This program prepares couples to live a Joy-filled marriage, and addresses the issues and challenges engaged couples face today. Heavily rooted in Pope St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body, the program has two basic components:

  1. The Life Skills component, Living a Joy-Filled Marriage, is a virtue-based preparation program designed to give couples the tools necessary to develop thoughts and behavior patterns that bring about a joy-filled marriage. Couples will learn the importance of building virtue, managing conflict, understanding personality differences, expressing love in ways their partner can understand, and create shared meaning for their life together.
  2. The Catechetical component, God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage, is a 6-part study on the Theology of the Body. Couples will learn more about the beauty of God's design for marriage and the gift of human sexuality. The program facilitates an encounter with Christ and His teachings, and provides a framework for understanding the often misunderstood teachings of the Catholic Church on love, marriage, and sexuality.

Location of the event varies, but all locations are identified next to the date below. Volunteer couples, priests and other professionals will facilitate the conference by sharing their experience and knowledge of Christian Marriage.

Event Dates and Details

Two Day Events:

First day takes place from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Second day goes from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For events taking place at Fatima Retreat House, couples have the option of staying overnight for an additional fee. For events at other locations, couples are responsible for finding their own lodging if they wish to stay close by.

One Day Events:

Day takes place from approximately 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A specific itenerary will be sent to you in the confirmation email after you register.


2018: *Registration coming soon!*

  • January 19-20: St. Simon, Indianapolis
  • February 9-10: Batesville
  • March 3: St. Agnes, Nashville
  • April 6-7: Batesville
  • May 4-5: St. Barnabas, Indianapolis
  • June 1-2: St. Simon, Indianapolis
  • August: There will be a Pre-Cana en Español and one in Batesville but locations TBD
  • September 8: St. Agnes, Nashville
  • October 12-13: St. Barnabas, Indianapolis
  • November: Batesville
  • November 30-December 1: St. Barnabas, Indianapolis

*Batesville locations and dates TBD

**Price may vary depending on location.

Rescheduling Dates

If you registered and cannot attend the conference for which you originally registered, you can re-schedule to attend a future conference by calling one of the numbers listed below in the "More Information" section. However, we are unable to guarantee an available spot in the next conference of your choice. In the event a conference is rescheduled, your registration fee will not be refunded and you will be charged a $20 rescheduling fee.

Registration For Fatima Events

To Register please click on the link next to the date, if there is one, or follow the instructions next to the date of preference.


More information:

For general information about the program call Scott Seibert, MSW, LCSW at (317) 236-1527.

For registration questions for Fatima Events please contact Cheryl McSweeney: 317-545-7681 ext. 15

For registration questions for all other Pre-Cana events, please contact Keri Carroll: 317-236-1521


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