Your February 16-17 UNVEILED Retreat Facilitators
FACILITATOR COUPLE: Greg and Rachel Hirsch: Married for 18 years. They have 4 sons and attend Holy Rosary Church in Evansville. Greg is an associate professor at Vincennes University and Rachel is a Physical Therapist at the Center for Pediatric Therapy.
~We are excited to minister to our engaged couples and it is our hope that they come away with tools they find valuable in their own marriages.
FACILITATOR COUPLE: Trent & Kim Engbers: Married for 14 years and have four kids. They are active at Holy Rosary Parish where Trent is a lector and serves on the school board. Kim teaches Sunday school and is a member of the Parents in Touch prayer group. They also serve as the HR Respect Life Coordinators.
~We hope the couples will have time together to reflect on their pending lives together and prepare for their sacramental marriage.
FRIDAY NIGHT RECONCILIATION: Rev. Benny Alikandayil Chacko: Administrator, Sts. Mary and John, Evansville
SATURDAY MASS CELEBRANT: Rev. Zachary J. Etienne:Pastor, Good Shepherd; Chaplain, Reitz Memorial High School, Evansville
Preparing for a wedding can be an overwhelming process! Couples may get so busy preparing for the wedding ceremony and celebration that they forget about preparing for their marriage.
Many couples simply need time to be with each other. Catholic UNVEILED is a weekend experience with other engaged couples that affords time together to plan for sacramental marriage. Couples are provided the opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their prospective lives together—their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, their attitude toward money, sex, children, family, and their role in the Church and society—in a face to face way. Trained facilitators lead the program.
What have other couples said about UNVEILED?
~Quotes courtesy of the UNVEILED website
“I had 6 priests and 5 couples from our diocese review the program for our bishop, and they all unanimously praised it. Unveiled is the best we’ve seen in a long time, so BRAVO!
— Bridgeport, CT
This really helped open up a whole new side of the church to me that I could connect and engage with. It is getting my faith reignited. Thank you! Everything was very good!!
— Norfolk, VA
The program was a lot more enjoyable than I possibly thought it could have been…way exceeded my expectations.
— Virginia Beach, VA
As someone not from the Catholic background, I was nervous but the experience turned out much better than I thought it would.
— Bristol, VA
February 16-17, 2018
April 28-29, 2018
September 8, 2018
Location (see map below)
Sarto Retreat Center
4200 N. Kentucky Avenue
Evansville, IN 47724
The cost for the program is $195 per couple.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the retreat?
The February weekend begins at 5:00 pm (Central time) on Friday evening and ends around 6:00 pm on Saturday. The April weekend will be a Saturday/Sunday option, beginning and ending at the same times. Participants stay through the night at the Sarto Retreat Center. The September retreat will have a slightly different format, providing a one-day option. These hours could be the most important and rewarding time you devote to preparing for your future marriage.
Will there be a lot of group sharing?
No. Although you will have the opportunity to meet and converse with other couples during meals and breaks if you wish, the focus of this weekend is on you and your relationship with one another. You will listen to talks, eat meals and attend Mass as a group, but much of the weekend is devoted to your private reflection time with your future mate.
What themes are explored?
This Marriage Preparation Program is designed to share Christ's vision of married love with engaged couples including the the theology of marriage, communication and intimacy, and married spirituality. Successful completion of this program will enable couples to understand the fundamental components of the human and spiritual elements of the Church's vision of sacramental marriage.~From the Unveiled Facilitator Guide
How much does it cost?
The cost of registration is $195/couple. The registration fee covers meals, building rental, snack services and all materials and program preparation to ensure quality. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. The remainder of the registration fee is due upon arrival at the retreat. Couples may choose to pay the full registration fee at the time of registration.
* Please note that all couples must register for the weekend in advance. Walk-ins cannot be accepted.
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