Marriage Formation Programs

Marriage Prep Brochure

Marriage: A Journey for Life

Marriage: A Journey for Life (MAJ) is a Friday evening, all day Saturday workshop in which couples prayerfully reflect and discuss important marriage topics within the context of the Catholic faith. Topics include communication, sacramental marriage, marital intimacy and responsible love, challenges to the vocation of marriage and stewardship.  

Marriage: A Journey for Life, Remarriage (MAJ-R) is required for couples when one or both have been married before. MAJ-R gives special attention to topics specific to marriage after the loss of a previous relationship through death or divorce and annulment; the effects of loss; combining households; and forming relationships within a new family.

MAJ Information

Where: Location varies (see specific dates and locations below) 

When: Friday 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. & Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (must attend both sessions) 

Cost: $160 per couple


FOCCUS: When you register for MAJ, you will automatically be registered for the FOCCUS premarriage inventory.

Upcoming MAJ Dates & Locations

Click here for Marriage Prep Dates and Locations 2018.

Marriage: A Journey for Life (MAJ) 

Click here to register for a 2018 class

Marriage: A Journey for Life, Remarriage (MAJ-R)

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Catholic Engaged Encounter

Couples entering into marriage for the first time will spend the weekend, away from distractions, with other engaged couples. 

Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) offers each couple time to talk intensively and privately on many aspects of married life. A series of presentations, writings and shared exercises challenge couples to explore many aspects of their relationship, spirituality and marriage expectations.

The overnight retreat is built around a series of themes, including:

  • The Family We Grew Up In – learn how our families of origin influence our expectations and attitudes about marriage
  • Sacramental Marriage – learn about entering the covenant of marriage, a permanent bond that unites the couple with God in their relationship
  • Communication – learn tools and strategies to help communicate effectively
  • Intimacy – learn how to connect with your partner physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually 
  • Values – learn the importance of establishing common values in a marriage


CEE Information

Where:  CEE retreats are offered in both Omaha and Norfolk 

When:   Saturday to Sunday (see specific dates below)

Cost:     $200 per couple, covers lodging and meals

Registration: For a list of upcoming dates and to register for an Omaha retreat visit or a Norfolk retreat visit   

Couples registering for Catholic Engaged Encounter must register for FOCCUS by contacting the marriage preparation specialist at