|About Catholic Engaged Encounter(Singapore)
Engaged Encounter is an international marriage preparation course approved by the Catholic Church worldwide.
It is a compulsory stay-in weekend - a time for you to be together - to talk honestly about your future lives.
Engaged Encounter is for any couple who is discerning or planning to be married in the Catholic Church.
You may experience the weekend at any time during your courtship, but not after your wedding day.
However, you should try to experience the Engaged Encounter weekend as early as possible, perhaps even before you formally announce your engagement.
In the early 1980s a program “Evenings for the Engaged” supplemented the original Marriage Preparation Course (MPC) that was run by the Archdiocese of Singapore in helping prepare couples for marriage.
Engaged Encounter was brought from the States to Singapore. This concept of a 44 hour stay-in program was fully supported and financed by Marriage Encounter (M.E.), providing the retreat house accommodation and today we are still at M.E. House, Ponggol.
The first weekend was established in Singapore on September 1982 with 12 participating couples.
|Through The Years|
From 12 couples for the first weekend, we now have an average of 30 couples per weekend.
There were 12 weekends a year, subsequently increased to 21 in the Year 2009. For that year, a total of 598 couples attended the weekends.
In the early years, we accommodated Catholic, Inter-faith and Non-Catholic couples. Today due to space constraint, we are unable to accommodate Non-Catholic couples as priests encourage couples to attend an EE weekend as well as by word of mouth by past participants.
On 25th August 2012, we celebrated 30 years in Singapore.
In July 1990 CEE OCEANIA – comprising the communities of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore held its first conference for the region in Sydney.
From 16 to 20 June 1995, Singapore was privileged to host the delegates from around the world at the CEE International Conference.
Singapore, Manila (Philippines) and Penang (Malaysia) became independent of OCEANIA in 2001 and held its first East Asia conference on 3rd October 2003 in Penang.