Pre-Cana Conference


The engagement period is a busy time in the life a couple. Much work goes into preparing for the Wedding. The Pre-Cana conference is an opportunity for engaged couples to step away from the busyness of preparing for a wedding, and focus on preparing for their marriage. It's a time to step back from preparing for a day, and start preparing for the rest of their lives!

The Pre-Cana conference is a 1.5 day workshop that uses the Joy-Filled Marriage Program. The first day/evening takes place from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Second day goes from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 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

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.

Remaining Dates in 2017:

  • August 11-12: Located at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1331 E. Hunter Robbins Way, Greensburg, IN 47240. Contact Kara Tsuleff at 812-932-0789 to register.
  • August 19 en Español (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • September 22-23: Fatima Retreat House
  • October 13-14: Fatima Retreat House
  • November 10-11: Located at St. Louis Catholic Church, 13 E. St. Louis Pl, Batesville, IN 47006. Contact Kara Tsuleff at 812-932-0789 to register.
  • December 1-2: Fatima Retreat House

Rescheduling Dates

If you registered at Fatima Retreat House and cannot attend the conference for which you originally registered, you can re-schedule to attend a future conference by calling Fatima Retreat House (317) 545-7681 ext. 15; 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

Register online now!

ATTENTION! If the Pre-Cana Conference date of your choice is listed as full AND your wedding takes place before the next available Pre-Cana Conference, you may call Cheryl McSweeney at Fatima Retreat House at (317) 545-7681 ext. 15 to be placed on a waiting list for that conference. Otherwise, please continue the online registration process with your next choice of conference dates. Thank you.

For any questions about scheduling, registration, or Fatima Retreat House please contact Cheryl McSweeney: 317-545-7681 ext. 15

More information:

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


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