Denver Catholic Engaged Encounter

Retreat Details

Retreat Location

John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization

The John Paul II Center's campus is located at 1300 South Steele Street in Denver. The retreats are generally held in the Bonfils building. The Bonfils building is located near the south west corner of the intersection of East Louisiana Avenue and South Monroe Street. Parking is on the north side of the entrance. The John Paul II Center may change the location of our retreat room. However, there will be retreat signs to direct you, and there is a receptionist at the lobby desk if needed.


Participants on this retreat stay at the nearby Staybridge Suites located at 4220 East Virginia, Glendale, CO. Accommodations for the retreat are included in the cost of the weekend. Please note that since you are not married, men and women will have separate sleeping accommodations. We will have already checked you into your room and you will receive your hotel key from retreat facilitators when you arrive at the John Paul II Center. The rooms are shared with other participants attending the weekend. Check out is Sunday morning prior to the presentations, which begin at 8:45am.


Payment may be made by check, or you can use your bank's bill payment service. Just add us as a biller using the address on the registration form. Make checks out to Denver Catholic Engaged Encounter.


Please arrive at 7:00pm for check in. The retreat will begin promptly at 7:30pm. Mass will be celebrated Saturday night at 5:00 pm. Both Catholics, and non-Catholics are welcome to attend. The weekend will conclude by 3:00pm Sunday.

Meals and Snacks

Please bring a simple snack and a non-alcoholic six-pack beverage to add to our communal snack table. Breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday morning is available for free in the lobby of Staybridge Suites and features both a hot breakfast, as well as cereal, fruit, and assorted breads. Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday at the retreat center and lunch will be provided on Sunday. Please eat dinner before the retreat begins on Friday. If you have any special dietary needs or other concerns, please let the registration couple know.

What to Expect

This is a working weekend in which we ask you to make the effort to deepen your relationship and especially your communication as a couple. Most of the weekend is spent following a three step process: listening to team presentations on marriage topics, journaling personal thoughts and feelings, then sharing and discussing as a couple. Unlike other retreats, there is limited group activities and recreation. This retreat is uniquely designed for you to have precious time together as a couple. We are convinced that your dedicated work together on this weekend will bear fruit in a deeper communion, a richer relationship, and a clearer sense of the presence of God in your relationship.

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