“ The Surprising Sacrament of Matrimony ”
Valentine's Day Weekend Married Couples' Retreat
Led by: Fr. Tom Vandenberg
February 14 - 16
$418 Per Couple

This retreat is not a "how to" retreat, but a "vision" retreat, aimed at helping couples see the significance of their marriage as a Sacrament of the Church. It helps them see how their Christian marriage is different from all other marriages, addressing questions like, "What difference does it make?" "What is unique about its spirituality?" "Why is it vital to the healthy life of the Church?"

Fr. Tom will address these and other issues surrounding marriage and its place in the church and a world today, by proclaiming the depth, power, and beauty of this extraordinary vocation, but in his lighthearted and humorous style. This retreat will significantly change the way couples look at marriage, especially their own.

During the Synod on the Family last year, the family was spoken of as not just another teaching of the Church deserving our attention, but a teaching that is foundational to its overall teachings. In other words, the family is foundational to the life of the Church, and the heart of the family is the husband and wife. As one woman remarked after hearing Fr. Tom's presentations, "I've been married over 25 years. Why haven't I heard this before?" Come and see why she said this. You will be surprised.
Fr. Tom Vandenberg is a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle, and is a native of Washington. In addition to parish work over his 50+ years as a priest, he was also the Archdiocesan Director of the Catholic Youth Organization, and has worked in both the Cursillo and Worldwide Marriage Encounter movements. He retired from St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Federal Way in July of 2008 after 25 years as pastor.

A published author, his latest book, Rediscovering a Pearl of Great Price: The Surprising Sacrament of Matrimonywas selected for the Seattle University "Search for Meaning" Book Festival in February 2015. He has been a Keynote speaker at the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, in 2010, has spoken at the Midwest Catholic Family Conference in Wichita, Kansas in 2012, and in 2014 gave the Keynote Address at the North American Worldwide Marriage Encounter Convention in Houston, Texas. He has given seminars on Sacramental Marriage in Rockford, IL, Henderson, NV, Boise, ID, Phoenix, AZ, and in many parishes of the Archdiocese of Seattle as well as several retreats for married couples. He is ordained over 53 years.


Our guestrooms have one queen or double sized bed per room. Rooms are simply furnished with bedding, towels, and soap as well as a Bible and crucifix.


Registration includes all presentations, six meals, and two nights in a comfortable room with private bath. Scholarships are available. Retreat payments are non-refundable.


On the first evening of your retreat, you are welcome to arrive any time between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. The retreat will officially begin with dinner at 6:00pm. The retreat will conclude at 1:00pm on the last day of your retreat, following lunch.


Special dietary requirements will be gladly met if you make your needs known to our kitchen staff. A guest fridge is also available for guest use in the Dining Room.


A computer with internet access is open for use in our lobby, and WiFi is available throughout the building.


Help is available 24 hours a day. Our staff or retreat volunteers are eager to assist you throughout your stay. Coffee, tea, and fresh baked cookies are offered 24/7 in the Dining Room. Our Chapel is always open, giving you a quiet place for prayer and reflection any time of the day or night.