Congratulations on your upcoming Convalidation!  This program is intended for those who are civilly married and wish to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony.  The program consists of lecture-style half day workshops each presented by a marriage and family therapist and covers the topics of: Family of Origin; Communication; The Many Moods of Marriage.  You can obtain the current brochure by clicking Convalidation 2021

In order to receive a certificate of completion all couples are expected to attend sessions 1, 2, & 3.  If the husband and/or wife have minor/dependent children from a previous relationship they are also asked to attend session 4 on Blended Families.    

Do we both have to attend?

In order to adequately prepare, sacramental preparation should always be done as a couple.  Should extenuating circumstances exist that would prevent this from happening, please contact us for further discussion.

Do sessions have to be taken in order?

No.  You’re welcome to attend sessions in any order.

What time do sessions begin and end?

Each session begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at noon.

What is the cost?

The per couple cost is $125.00 for 4 sessions – $105.00 for 3 sessions.  A $25 late fee applies to any session not reserved prior to the deadline.

What is included?

The fee includes all program materials and continental breakfast.

When is the program offered?

Each series of workshops is offered three (3) times throughout the year…Winter, Summer, and Fall.

2021 Schedule & Deadlines

Just a reminder…A late fee of $25 applies to any session not reserved prior to the deadline.

Session 1 – Family of Origins
January 9th (Deadline 12/17/20)
June 12th (Deadline 5/20/21)
September 11th (Deadline 8/19/21)

Session 2 – Communication
January 23rd (Deadline 1/4/21)
June 26th (Deadline 6/3/21)
September 25th (Deadline 9/2/21)

Session 3 – The Many Moods of Marriage
February 13th (Deadline 1/21/21)
July 10th (Deadline 6/17/21)
October 9th (Deadline 9/16/21)

Session 4 – Blended Families*
February 20th (Deadline 1/28/21
July 24th (Deadline 7/1/21)
October 30th (Deadline 10/7/21)

*This session is required if the husband and/or wife have minor/dependent children from a previous relationship.

 Apply online by clicking here.

Please note:  Whether you apply online, by mail, or in person, this is only the application process and does not guaranteed a spot for your preferred dates.  Space is subject to availability at the time the application and payment are received.   

Can we apply after the deadline has passed?

Yes…but just a reminder that space is always subject to availability and a late fee will apply..

Should we check availability before submitting our registration?

Actually…it’s better to just submit your paperwork.  Be mindful that couples are confirmed in the order applications are received.  The time spent waiting for a response might be the difference between whether or not we can accommodate you, especially when space is limited.  Penalties only go into affect once couples are confirmed.

How will we know if we’re confirmed?

Once your paperwork is processed, written notification will be sent to each e-mail address provided.  This will acknowledge receipt of you application, confirm the date for which you are registered, and give any additional information you need to be aware of.  Every attempt is made to accommodate couples for their preferred date

Where is the program held?

The program is typically held at our retreat center in Lutz.  Each session begins at 9:00 and ends at 12:00 noon. 

Will child care be available?

While we support family life and love children, regardless of circumstances we are unable to accommodate them during this program.  Our main concern is for their safety.  Not only must we uphold the diocesan guidelines for Safe Environment, but the retreat center also isn’t equipped with the necessary space to accommodate such needs.

Who do we contact if we have questions or need further assistance?

All contact regarding should be with the Office of Marriage & Family Life.  The best way to reach us is by email as we have access to this from off-site locations.  Please contact Debbie Alexander at deb@dosp.org or call the office at 727 – 341 – 6847.