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

2017 Schedule

Session 1
January 14th – Registration Deadline 12/29/16
June 3rd – Registration Deadline 5/19/17
September 9th – Registration Deadline 8/25/17

Session 2
January 28th – Registration Deadline 1/13/17
June 24th –  Registration Deadline 6/10/16
September 23rd –  Registration Deadline 9/8/17

Session 3
February 11th –  Registration Deadline 1/27/17
July 8th –  Registration Deadline 6/23/17
October 7th – Registration Deadline 9/22/17

Session 4
February 25th – Registration Deadline  2/10/17
July 22nd – Registration Deadline 7/7/17
October 14th – Registration Deadline 9/29/17

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 Brochure 2017

Where is the program held?
The program will be held at Bethany Retreat Center in Lutz.  Directions to the facility are available at:

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.