Frequently Asked Questions
Can I customize my wedding?
Although as an ordained minister, priest and bishop, I prefer to utilize the rituals and texts provided by the Church, there is much room to personalize and customize the wedding. But I also do help write the ceremony for each couple that I marry with their input from start to finish when I have too.
Will you honor our values and spiritual beliefs and help us express them?
Yes, we offer personal wedding ceremonies that are designed to be a reflection of who you are and the statement that you want your wedding to make.
Will you marry same-sex couples?
Most certainly! We affirm the dignity and worth of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons recognizing in them unique gifts particular to our time. We are honored to officiate at sacramental gay marriages. Whereas the Church of Rome teaches that homosexuality is “objectively disordered” and all same-sex acts are sinful, we believe that God calls all people no matter your sexual orientation or identity into healthy and holy relationships.
Will you marry someone in a location other than a church?
Yes. We do weddings in churches and in many locations both inside and outdoors.
**Examples of alternative ceremony locations might include: temple, synagogue, private homes, casinos, gardens, courthouse, hotels, country clubs, golf course, hall, pavilion, parks, museum, swimming pools, boats, banquet centers, bed and breakfasts, college and university chapels.
We provide ceremony services almost anywhere in the New York State but primarily serve around Syracuse New York around in a 120 mile radius of the city.
here are some places that I have performed marriages in Central new York which are Utica New York, Syracuse New York, Endicott New York
Manlius New York, Dewitt New York, Minoa New York, North Syracuse New York, Mexico New York, Liverpool New York, Pulaski New York, Fulton New York, Auburn New York, Watertown New York, Oswego New York, Tully New York, Geneva New York, Lodi New York, Watkins Glen New York, Binghamton New York, Lowville New York, Evans Mills
Will you officiate over a ceremony which mixes customs from people of different national origins, ethnicity or religion?
Yes. We recognize that most of the world’s religions share many of the same basic tenets and we respect the rights of others to worship God in their own way.
May our friends or family participate in the service?
Yes. We welcome participation of your family and friends doing readings etc. Our only request is that we have a copy of what they intend to do in advance. This prevents the guest and the minister using the same reading….yes it happened to me once.
Is premarital counseling required?
Your decision whether to use premarital counseling is entirely your own. I encourage couples to meet at least once ahead of time to properly prepare for this most wondrous occasion. It is highly encouraged that couples meet with me within the Syracuse area to discuss the marriage preparation and the ceremony.
How do I get my marriage license?
Good question, you go to your town or city clerk office to pick that up, it will cost you $40 call ahead to the office and ask them what they want for identification, if you are divorce bring your divorce papers with you also, to prove that you were legally divorce.
What is the difference between a sacramental and regular ceremony that you do?
if it is a Christian marriage no matter if you come from a Catholic or Protestant that I will do it for you, there is really not much difference with the exception of these some wording in the ceremony, plus if say your partner come from Protestant background and you come from Catholic background, while personally it does not bother me either way, I strongly suggest that I do sacramental rite of chrismation (confirmation) for your partner if he or she is already baptized, which will only take a minute or less to do, and then the couple with myself do a short communion or eucharist together prior to the ceremony or during the ceremony, where the couple's guests can participate as well. But I have not forced this on any of my couple that I have officiated in the past, I only suggest this to help keep the peace within the family especially if one of you comes from a very traditional Catholic family.
How much do you charge for performing a wedding?
Ordinarily, the Officiant receives $100 for a regular wedding ceremony, $ 70 for an elopement to assist with marriages. We believe pricing should be clear & simple. No hidden costs or fees. Mileage always free within 60 miles of Syracuse NY. This stipend is inclusive of: pre-marital counseling services, preparation of your ceremony, officiating, and processing the marriage license. These services may vary based on the needs and desires of the couple. Some couples like to meet often, others need to plan with me from remote locations and meet infrequently. It's up to you how often we get together. On average, though, we will meet at least once before the wedding. For those who have been divorced and who would like ecclesiastical certificate of dissolution of a previous marriage (which is equivalent to an Annulment in the Roman Catholic Church)-which states that marriage was declared dead- please do ask, this will be provided free with your wedding ceremony.
What is an Ecclesiastical Dissolution of a Marriage?
Primarily is a ecclesiastical dissolution of marriage, this is not an annulment which says that a previous marriage was not sacramental. The Ecclesiastical Dissolution of Marriage state that the previous marriage died a natural death. I use the Cannons from the Ancient Undivided Church of East and West to back this up which are the following from Apostolic Canons 17,18,19 and Canon 26 of Six Ecumenical Council of Constantinople (680-681 ad) of the Undivided Universal Catholic and Apostolic Church pre-schism of 1054 ad (the Vatican recognizes these canons for ecclesiastical legal cause for individuals to receive the sacrament of marriage a second time) since the Eastern Orthodox Church uses these same canons for the same reasons. So that what a ecclesiastical dissolution of a marriage is.