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1245 Eglinton Ave. W.,

Mississauga, ON

Canda L5V 2M4



©2018 Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada

Pre-Martial Retreat


"Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So then, they are no long two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."

(Matthew 19:4-6)

About the Retreat

The Pre-Martial Program is a mandatory program for all engaged couples waiting to obtain permission to marry in the Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada. 

The program is conducted by Fr. Botrous Philopos and Fr. Pishoy Wasfy with the help of other qualified family counsellors. The program covers many important areas for couples, including:

Personality Types - Sexuality in Marriage - Finance in Marriage - How to Enrich your Marriage

Couples also have the opportunity to share in an individual counselling session which is tailored to their needs.

Time and Location

Valley of the Mother of God Retreat Centre

953376 7 Line EHS,

Orangeville, ON L9W 2Z2


The Pre-Marital Retreat is a Three Day retreat that takes place twice a year:

  • First weekend of the Feast of Nativity

  • First weekend of Great Lent

  • Depending on the need, there may be a third retreat that takes place in June

Registration and Deadline

Registration Process:

  1. Contact Dina ( to find out about dates and availability

  2. Complete the Registration Forms and send them to Dina

  3. Payments (cheques / e-transfer) will be due two weeks before the retreat commence


If you have any further questions, please contact Dina Mikhael at