Pre- Cana Marriage Preparation Retreat

Wedding bands on mountain top 

“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

What can I expect at a Pre-Cana Retreat?

  • The Pre-Cana retreat takes place on a Saturday from 9am to 7pm, on the campus of a host parish 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.
  • There is time for prayer and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).
  • Couples attend the Saturday Vigil Mass at the host parish and receive a blessing over their engagement.
  • Meals include a light breakfast, box lunch, and hot dinner.
  • Registration covers all books, materials, and meals for Bride and Groom.
  • Cost is $125 per couple.
  • To register, please click on the date/location of your choosing.

Pre-Cana Retreat Dates for 2020

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.

Are you ready to go deeper?

Register today for any of our 2020 retreat days!

Rescheduling Retreat Dates

If you registered for a Pre-Cana Retreat and can no longer attend on that date, you can re-schedule to attend a future retreat by contacting Keri Carroll (info. below). We cannot guarantee a spot in the next retreat but we will do our best to accomodate your request, depending on attendance capacity. There is a $20 rescheduling fee.


For retreat questions contact Abby Lasher at (317) 592-4011

For registration questions contact Keri Carroll: (317) 236-1521


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