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Catholic Engaged Encounter Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2024

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - The Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE), a Ministry committed to strengthening the preparation of engaged couples and future marriages since its foundation, is thrilled to announce the celebration of its 50th anniversary this year.

Since its inception in 1974, this Ministry has been a beacon of support and guidance for committed couples, providing a solid foundation for marriage in the Catholic faith. Throughout five decades, the Encounter has positively impacted the lives of countless couples, guiding them toward a strong and enduring union.

This half-century milestone not only marks the continuity of the CEE's mission, but also a testament to the Catholic community's commitment to strengthening Marriage relationships. During the event, various activities will be carried out, which will be announced later. The Catholic Engaged Encounter invites the media and the broader Catholic community to join us in celebrating this significant milestone.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Yovanny & Belkis Javier at

About the Catholic Engaged Encounter

The Catholic Engaged Encounter is a Ministry of the Catholic Church oriented to the preparation and accompaniment of engaged couples on their relationship of courtship and future married life based on Sacramental principles and Catholic Christian values.

Founded in the United States in 1974, it receives thousands of engaged couples every year around the world. This ministry is made up of Sacramental Marriage couples and Priests committed to serve in the apostolate with the engaged couples and married couples in their first years of marriage. Their work begins with a retreat experience called "Weekend" and continues with an accompaniment to the engaged and newly married couples in groups called “communities”, through the program "Walking together." In this process the engaged couples discover, in deep dialogue, if they really are suitable for Marriage Sacrament in the Catholic Church.

From the apostolic exhortation "Familiaris Consortio" (The family in modern times), Saint John Paul II highlights the need for young people to prepare themselves for marriage and family life, specifically for accompanying young families. Since then, this call has been widely discussed in forums and documents. Pope Francis takes up the preparation of the couple and the accompaniment of marriages in the apostolic exhortation "Amoris Laetitia", emphasizing that "it is essential to accompany the first years of married life to enrich and deepen the decision conscious and free to belong and love each other to the end ".

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