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Marriage Preparation

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT! 

This is an exciting time filled with many blessings and preparations. The steps below will help you in your Catholic Marriage Preparation Process.

1. As  soon as possible after your engagement, contact your parish and set up a meeting with a priest or deacon.  He will walk you through the following steps to assist you in preparing for a life-long and joy-filled marriage.

2. Complete one of the following marriage preparation inventories and participate in follow up:

3. Genesis Retreat (2021 Pre-Cana, see below)

4. Complete a course in Natural Family Planning through one of the following NFP providers:

Recommended activities:

  • Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Pray as a couple daily
  • Participate in on-going events for married couples at your parishes or neighboring parishes.

Check out these Frequently Asked Questions by Engaged Couples.

Genesis Marriage Retreat

As you prepare for marriage, we invite you to be a part of the Genesis Marriage Community, where you will meet other engaged and newly married couples as well as married couples from around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who want to share this exciting journey of married life with you.

It all begins with GENESIS, the one-day retreat for engaged couples.  On the GENESIS retreat, also known as Pre-Cana, you will deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ and one another.  You will meet other engaged couples as you begin the journey towards your wedding day where “authentic married love is caught up into divine love.” 

Register for a Genesis Retreat

17 April 2021

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24 April 2021

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24 April 2021
St. Susanna, 616 Reading Rd
Mason, OH 45040 United States
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15 May 2021
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45212 United States
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05 June 2021

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17 July 2021
Maria Stein Spiritual Center, 2365 St Johns Rd.
Maria Stein, Ohio 45860
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24 July 2021

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21 August 2021

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Information for Parish Clergy/Marriage Coordinators 

PLEASE NOTE THIS LIST WILL BE UPDATED WITH NEW DATES FOR THE FALL OF 2021, SO CHECK BACK REGULARLY.

1. Click to view the Chancellor Resource site where the M1 form in English and Spanish are available.
2. Click to order the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Wedding Liturgy Planning Guide.
3. List of upcoming sessions of the Genesis: a Pre-Cana Retreat  

Please note this list will be updated with new dates for the fall of 2021, so check back regularly.

CONTACT US

Adriana Vasquez
Director, Marriage and Family
Adriana Vasquez
Contact Me For:
  • A resource for leadership formation on marriage and sexual moral ethics
  • Questions on Natural Family Planning
  • Support to any married couples facing the cross of infertility and miscarriage
Bio: My role at the Center is to offer leadership formation on marriage and family and all related topics, including Natural Family Planning in Spanish and English. It is a great joy to work with newly engaged and married couples and teach my Catholic faith at the same time. A Little About Me: My husband Samuel, who is managing director of Hispanic Evangelization, and I married in 2010 and we are blessed with two children, Peter Julian and Zoe Anastasia. I love playing with my kids, making pilgrimages to Marian shrines, listening to and playing classical music, reading novels, and making/eating guacamole (my favorite food). Favorite Saint: Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. John Paul II (three way tie!) Favorite Bible verse: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word," (Luke 1:38)
Email avasquez@catholicaoc.org
Katie Englefield
Marriage Preparation
Katie Englefield
Contact me for:
  • Information regarding the Genesis marriage prep retreat
  • Becoming a presenting couple for a Genesis retreat
  • Hosting a Genesis retreat at your parish
  • Becoming a mentor couple to walk with an engaged couple
Bio: My role at the Center is to coordinate Genesis, the marriage preparation program at the Archdiocese. I also organize mentor couples to walk with couples during their engagement. With over 17 years of catechetical experience, including youth, young adult and marriage and family ministry, I look forward to helping couples deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and one another. A Little About Me:I am originally from San Diego, CA, and after meeting my husband Josh as an undergrad at Franciscan University, decided to stay in the Midwest. After 15 years of marriage we are both proud Ohioans and parents to five wonderful children. I teach graduate Theology courses online for Franciscan University. I am a road trip fanatic, classic literature enthusiast and a gatherer of people around the dinner table. Favorite Saint: St. Catherine of Siena Favorite Bible Verse: "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
Email kenglefield@catholicaoc.org