Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Pre-Marital Program

Having been invited, the Lord came to Cana in order to affirm conjugal chastity and to show that marriage is a Holy Mystery. Moreover, the bridegroom at that marriage to whom it was said, "You have kept the good wine until now," is a figure of the person of the Lord. For Christ did indeed keep the good wine that is, His Gospel, until now.
(St. Augustine)

When husband and wife are united in marriage they no longer seem like something earthly, but rather like the image of God Himself.
(St. John Chrysostom, c. 407)

Holy Matrimony is the Mystery depicting the union of our Lord Jesus Christ with His Church (Eph 5:22-33). The Church is made up of men and women; thus their marriage union is immensely important for the well-being of the Faith and for their own salvation.

As of 2010, attendance is a mandatory requirement for couples obtaining permission to marry within the Southern Diocese.

Yearly retreats for pre-marital couples as shown below:

  • Florida
    - Will usually be held on the 2nd weekend of January every year. Please note that 2016 will not be held on the 2nd weekend.
    - Questions: Please contact Fr. Daoud Tawadrous at
    - January 22-24, 2016 ~ more info
  • Georgia
    - Will be held on the 2nd weekend of June every year.
    - Questions: Please contact Fr. Eleia Eskander at
    - June 12-14, 2015
  • Tennessee
    - Will be held twice a year in Arabic.
    - Questions: Please contact Fr. Boutros Boutros at
    - August 28-30, 2015

  • Texas
    - Will be held on the 2nd weekend of November every year.
    - Questions: Please contact Fr. Athanasius Kaldas at
    - November 13-15, 2015 ~ more info