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Please see our Frequently asked questions accessible from the link to the right.
Engaged Encounter Weekends are given at:
Mount Claret Retreat Center
4633. N. 54th Street Phoenix, AZ
At the southern base of Camelback Mountain
See our home page for a link to directions and maps.
There are many EE couples who work behind the scenes to handle business and
The EE Registration Couple takes care of registration for the engaged couples.
The Financial Couple handles the budget and community financials
The Priest Liaison Couple schedules and communicates with our priests.
On the weekend, EE Hosting Couples greet and check in the engaged couples at the
Finally, a priest and two presenting couples deliver the weekend's talks and
facilitate the activities. When the weekend is complete the host couple returns
to clean up.
First and foremost, you will become part of a community of couples who share a
deep commitment to their marriages, their families, and their faith on a
Second you have the opportunity to increase your spirituality through optional
Finally, as a presenting couple you will be reaffirmed as the two of you share
significant experiences from your marriage with the engaged couples
Hosting Couple- Helps the Sat
AM check-in and Sunday afternoon cleanup
- Coordinates all the supplies to ensure necessary supplies are available for
- Helps prepares meals for the entire weekend.
Do you have other talents (artistic for banner making, or a knack for
Do you own a business that would be helpful to us (for example, copy shop...we
make lots of copies!)?
Any couple - married or waiting to get married - who wants to serve can become a
hosting couple. The host couples must be available on Saturday morning by 7am
Presenting couples are baptized Christians, married in the Catholic Church, and
actively practicing their faith in a Catholic parish
Because of family and time commitments, the number of weekends each couple
presents varies from couple to couple. It is required you present at least 1
weekend per year to remain active, however, most couples average 2 weekends
It is also required
that all community couples attend community meetings and enrichments
National conventions are held annually that couples may attend.
Children of any age are welcome at the Community Gatherings. However, for
weekends, babysitting arrangements need to be made. Arrangements can be made
with other teams or, if necessary, babysitting costs will be reimbursed by
the community pending the availability of funds?
The time it takes to write your talks depends on you and your "workshop"
couple. You will work out a schedule that fits into your schedule. Some
couples have written their talks practically overnight, others have taken a
year or more. One talk each month is a good average
All talks are written based on a National standard outlines which develop
basic ideas and values. Presenting Couples and priests add their own
experiences to illustrate the concepts set forth in the outlines. When
writing you will be assigned an experienced EE Workshop Couple to help you
develop your experiences and put them down on paper.
The best benefit
from following a National outline is that you can present an EE weekend
anywhere in the World!!! (which happens from time to time)
Neither are we. That's why we have our talks written.