Kevin and Meghan Gries: Facilitator Couple
Kevin and Meghan have been married for 12 years and have three children. Kevin is a theology teacher at Memorial High School and Meghan is a special educator at AIS First Avenue.
"We hope and pray that this retreat will be a time of spiritual reflection and growth for the engaged couples and that it will give them an opportunity to discuss and pray about some of the issues that they will encounter in their marriage. May God continue to bless these couples throughout their engagement and married life!"
Joe and Julie Holtz: Facilitator Couple
Married nearly 40 years, September 23, 2018. Joe and Julie have two children (Andrew and Sarah) and four grandchildren.
"We have been praying for the success of this weekend for all who attend."
Rev. Lowell C. Will: Mass and Reconciliation
Fr. Will recently "retired" (June 2018) and continues to minister in various ways, including to our engaged couples by celebrating the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation with us.
Very Rev. Raymond Brenner: Reconciliation: Fr. Ray is the Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Jasper and Dean of the East Deanery.
We wanted to sincerely thank you for leading us in such a wonderful retreat! We were just talking about how refreshing it was to hear honest, real, and personal stories from faithful couples, such as yourselves. We truly took a lot from the retreat, and we owe much of that to your incredible leadership!
Adam and Danielle
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
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the retreat?
The February weekend begins at 5:00 pm (Central time) and ends around 6:00 pm on the following day. 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
* Please note that all couples must register for the weekend in advance. Walk-ins cannot be accepted.
*Cancellation prior to Monday before the retreat or in the event of family emergency will be a full refund of registration fee. Cancellation after Monday prior to retreat will be 1/2 refund of registration fee.