Convalidation Conference is for couples who are civilly married and seeking the Sacrament of Matrimony.  The conference consists of lecture-style workshops each conducted by a Marriage and Family Therapists covering topics such as: Communication; Family of Origin; The Many Moods of Marriage.

If the husband and/or wife have dependent children from a previous relationship, a fourth session on Blended Families is also offered and highly recommended.

All couples must attend Sessions 1, 2 & 3.

Workshops do not need to be taken in consecutive order

All sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 12:00 p.m.

A late fee may apply to those who wish to sign up after the deadline

2020 Schedule

Session 1
January 18th –        Registration Deadline 12/30/19
June 13th –             Registration Deadline 5/26/20
September 12th –  Registration Deadline 8/24/20

Session 2
February 8th –        Registration Deadline 1/20/20
June 27th –             Registration Deadline 6/8/20
September 26th –  Registration Deadline 9/8/20

Session 3
February 22nd –    Registration Deadline 2/3/20
July 11th –            Registration Deadline 6/22/20
October 3rd –       Registration Deadline 9/214/20

Session 4
March 14th –       Registration Deadline  2/24/20
August 1st –        Registration Deadline 7/13/19
October 10th –    Registration Deadline 9/21/20

How do we register?
Complete and submit the registration form found in the current brochure to the Office of Marriage & Family Ministries with the requested payment.  Please be mindful that each program has a registration deadline.  Phone, fax, email or online registrations are not accepted.  Once paperwork is processed, couples will receive a written confirmation.

Convalidation 2020

Where is the program held?
The program will be held at Bethany Retreat Center in Lutz.

Who do we contact if me have questions or need additional information?
All contact regarding this program or the marriage preparation process should be with the Office of Marriage & Family Ministries.  Since Bethany Center serves only as the host facility, their staff is unable to answer any questions you may have.

The best way to reach us is by E-mail as we have access to this from off-site locations and frequently respond after normal business hours.  The email address is: or by phone 727-341-6847.