Marriage Retreats and Programs


2018 dates: Feb. 17, Mar. 17, Apr. 21, May 12, June 16, July 7, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Nov. 17
9:30am — 5:00pm (lunch included)
Cost: $130 per couple

The Marriage Preparation Program is for engaged couples who plan to be married in the church. A priest/deacon, marriage coordinator or a satisfied couple who have already experienced the benefits of the program usually refer those interested to us. The program offers input from the viewpoint of married couples and clergy. The focus is on the importance of understanding both the commitment required and the development of skills needed in living out the covenant of a sacramental marriage. The first session provides an opportunity for the couples to discuss honestly with each other, with facilitators and peers, issues associated with family living, communication, finances, the Christian understanding of sexuality, the sacrament of Matrimony and the role of married couples in both Church and society.

The Marriage Preparation Program is a full day of presentations, private couple time and small group discussions. The second day of the program is held one year after the couple has been married when they are invited back to discuss their first year of Marriage.

• Lunch is provided as well as all supplies needed for the program.|
• The day will end with Mass.
• A certificate is given at the end of the day.

Facilitator:  Thomas Griffith, SVD


Online registration will be available for the 2018 dates soon.  In the meantime, you are welcome to register by printing our form and sending it to us with your deposit.

PREPARE (Special Program)

To register, call: 781-585-2460 Monday-Friday 8:00A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Cost: $105 per couple (For the inventory and optional follow-up sessions.)

The PREPARE Program is a two session program for couples who are either unable to attend the group program or who desire a more individual marriage preparation experience. PREPARE uses a couple inventory followed by a second session to interpret the results of the inventory. PREPARE is designed to assist couples in focusing objectively on critical relationship issues. The inventory is intended to assess areas in which relationships need to grow. It also highlights existing strengths in the relationship that can help couples to progress in a positive direction in attaining the Christian ideal of a sacramental/covenanted union. Session 1: A session to take the inventory Session 2: After approximately two weeks, a session to review with a trained staff member the inventory results that highlight both areas of strength as well as desired areas of growth in their relationship. Additional sessions are available if the couple so desires.

Joseph Connolly, SVD
Thomas Griffith, SVD
Robert Mallonee, SVD



March 9 – 11, 2018
Cost: $75 deposit to reserve per couple; full cost determined through WWME              

Worldwide Marriage Encounter a non-profit, which for 45 years has given married couples the opportunity to examine their lives together. It is a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian marriage. Through emphasis on communication, Marriage Encounter deepens and enriches the joys a couple shares together, no matter how long they have been married.  See the WWME website here to apply. Also you may call 1.800.710.9963.

Facilitator: Thomas Griffith SVD


“Lighting the Way Together”

Sun. Oct. 29, 1:30 — 7pm (includes dinner)

An afternoon of spiritual refreshment for married couples who desire to enhance their spirituality together. This “Marriage Enrichment” experience may be a powerful next step in your relationship. A reverential exploration of the seasons of what couples go through offers suggestions for loving your journey together more.


Facilitated by Thomas Griffith SVD, Fred and Diane L’Ecuyer