The concept started in Detroit in 1968 as an outgrowth of the Marriage Encounter experience. Catholic Engaged Encounter as it presently exists and is structured began pilot weekends in 1974. It was founded as a national entity in 1975.
Local Engaged Encounter began in 1975 when the Diocese of Baltimore, Washington and Arlington began holding joint weekends. In 1979, the Arlington community began holding its own weekends. In 1980, Baltimore and Washington grew into two separate communities. Baltimore Engaged Encounter has a rich history. Early weekends were held at Manresa-on-the-Severn (across from the Naval Academy) and usually involved eight engaged couples. The Jesuits were kind enough to accept whatever was collected on the weekend as payment for the facility. The presenting team would pray that everyone would show up! Engaged Encounter grew quickly in Baltimore. At one point in the 1980’s, thirty weekends were given in a year. Baltimore has even helped to start new communities in North Carolina, West Virginia and Germany. This involved providing training, supplies and facility rental to these new communities. Another exciting aspect of our communities history is that we were able to host an international convention in 1989. This was a great opportunity for our community to work together and show the world the many blessings of Baltimore EE.
Engaged Encounter is an international organization, with weekends taking place all over the world, including such countries as Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, India, Columbia, Latin America, Peru, South Africa, Cuba, the former Eastern Bloc, and even the former Solviet Union.