Marriage Preparation (PreCana)

On behalf of all of us here at the Archdiocese of Chicago, congratulations on your engagement! We are blessed to accompany you on your journey to the sacrament of marriage. We thank you for your including us in this special time of faith formation.   

The Office of Lifelong Formation offers PreCana sessions in English, Español, and Polsku. 

  • PreCana is currently offered:
    • Virtually over Zoom from 9:00am-3:00pm CST on select Saturdays or 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST on select Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    • In-person from 9:00am - 4:00pm CST on select Saturdays.
    • Select Weekends from 9:00am Saturday - 3:00pm CST Sunday. 
  • The fee for a PreCana course is $175 per couple for a virtual session or $225 per couple for an in-person session at a parish, or $495 per couple for a PreCana Weekend Encounter, to include lodging, food, books, resources and social gatherings. 
  • For all our PreCana sessions, certified facilitators guide engaged couples through active conversation, reflection, and discussion with each other and other engaged couples in small and large groups.
  • If you are getting married outside of the Archdiocese of Chicago, please make sure you complete the prenuptial file at your home parish here in Chicago for them to send it to the Archdiocese of Chicago Canonical Affairs Office. This Office will then review, approve and send your file to your destination arch/diocese where your marriage will take place.

If you cannot attend any of our available options, please contact us at precana@archchicago.org for additional opportunities.  

To see available dates click the section below that best fits your needs.

Virtual PreCana

Our virtual program, conducted live on Zoom, is dynamic, interactive, and interpersonal. Our experienced, certified, PreCana facilitators guide engaged couples through active conversation, reflection, and discussion with each other and other engaged couples in small and large groups in the comfort of their own space. 

*There are classes offered in English, Español, and Polsku. Please make sure to choose the class in the language that is desired.

Price: $

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PreCana Weekend Encounter

Our new in-Person PreCana Weekend Encounter is held at a beautiful location. This event is filled with great speakers, activities, prayer and reflection for engaged couple on the sacrament and vocation of marriage. 

Price: $

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In-Person PreCana

Our experienced, certified, PreCana facilitators guide engaged couples through active conversation, reflection, and discussion with each other and other engaged couples in small and large groups with mass and lunch included.

*There are classes offered in English and Español. Please make sure to choose the class in the language that is desired

Price: $