"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


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.


2023 Marriage Preparation.

Click on the link below to see all retreats scheduled for 2023.

2023 Brochure Marriage Preparation



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 $ 105.00 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 Marriage Preparation Retreat

“On the third day, there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.” -John 2:1-2

Pre-Cana in Indianapolis.

* April 15 and 16, 2023 (English) This retreat is a two days retreat, Saturday and Sunday.

At Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Catholic Church located at: 7225 Southeastern Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46239

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* September 23 and 24, 2023 (English) This retreat is a two days retreat, Saturday and Sunday.

At the Catholic Center Assembly Hall located at: 1400 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46202

The registration will be open on April 20, 2023



Pre-Cana in Columbus (Spanish)

Information with:

María Nieto: 812-379-9353 ext-1235  mnieto@stbparish.net

Karen Camargo: 812-379-9353 ext- 1231 kcamargo@stbparish.net




Pre-Cana in New Albany (English)


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The Pre-Cana marriage preparation retreat covers the skills for marriage, a catechesis on the sacrament of marriage, and an introduction to the science and morals behind Natural Family Planning. Couples are expected to take a full course in Natural Family Planning which is in addition to a marriage preparation retreat, and incurs a separate cost (this varies depending on the method and instructor). For a list of approved Natural Family Planning methods and instructors, visit our NFP resource page:




Information for other options is available at: http://www.archindy.org/marriageandfamily/marriage.html


What can I expect at a Pre-Cana Retreat?

  • The Pre-Cana retreat takes place on a Saturday from 8:30am to 6:30 pm, on the campus of a host parish or retreat center in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis (see retreat dates for specific locations).
  • Sessions are led by married couples, professionals, and priests.
  • Couples have time for discussion, guided check-ins and breakout sessions to dive deeper and create goals for their marriage.
  • The couples attend the Saturday Vigil Mass at the host Parish.
  • There is time for prayer and the sacrament of confession.
  • Retreat includes morning cofffee, light breakfast and a boxed lunch.
  • Registration covers all books, materials, and meals for Bride and Groom.
  • To register, please click on the date/location of your choosing.

Do I have what it takes to create a joy-filled, lifelong marriage?

If you have found this page, you are probably looking to get married in the Church. We are so happy to have you, and we congratulate you on your decision!

Being married in the Church is no small thing; it may seem like so much is being asked of you with a marriage prep retreat, meeting with a priest, planning your wedding, and not to mention planning your future together…

Here’s the honest truth:  The Catholic Church wants your marriage to be FULL OF JOY and LAST A LIFETIME.

The question is, do you?

Offered by the Office of Marriage and Family Life, the Pre-Cana retreat is a one-day retreat for engaged couples to listen, discuss, and plan how to form and maintain a marriage that withstands the test of time and satisfies the desires the heart.

Does God really have a plan for my marriage? 

Many couples do not realize that God has a plan for what marriage should be and that following God’s plan for marriage is the way to a lifetime of marital bliss.

Utilizing Ascension Press’ Joy-Filled Marriage Program and led by married couples, priests, and professionals, the Pre-Cana retreat instructs engaged couples on the theology of marriage, the Catholic Church’s teachings on human sexuality, and the practical life skills and virtues necessary to fortify their marriage. By engaging in these topics, couples will have a greater understanding of the Church’s teachings on marriage and how living out God’s plan for marriage is the KEY to a joy-filled marriage.


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.

2023 Weekends

* January 13-15

* April 28-30

* June 23-25

* September 15-17

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 marriage, covenant and sacrament, and natural family planning with a panel of medical professionals.

2023 Weekends

  • March 11, 12 and 25 at Our Lady of Greenwood
  • May 20,21 and June 3 at St. Elizabeth Seton

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


Marriage Preparation Resources For Church Leaders:

Policies and Guidelines

Approved Programs

Natural Family Planning

Sponsor Couples




Contact Claudia Corona at 317 236 7310 or Ccorona@archindy.org.

Gabriela Ross at (317) 592-4007 or gross@archindy.org.


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