Why I love wedding ceremonies – A Q&A with Rev. Bill
Why do you love wedding ceremonies?
Every time I perform a wedding ceremony, it’s a unique opportunity to tell your story, that special, personal journey that has brought you to this moment. Together we’ll create a wedding ceremony that truly becomes a memory that will last a lifetime.“A phenomenal wedding. Rev. Bill made the entire planning process ceremony stress-free and simple. He was so flexible and customized everything to our preferences. We received so many compliments about how wonderful our ceremony was.” – Alison and Taylor Read mo”re →
Why do couples choose Rev. Bill?
I create beautiful wedding ceremonies that tell a couple’s story in a unique and highly-personalized way. Another reason couples choose me is that they want a ceremony reflecting a Catholic or faith tradition, but they want it outdoors, or at a venue other than in a church building. They also want a wedding ceremony that is open, inviting and joyful.“Bill – Thank you so much for the beautiful ceremony you crafted and performed for us. Our wedding day was magical and it is in large part to your thoughtful and insightful words. We are so grateful you agreed to be a part of our day! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
– Nia and Joe Read mo”re →
Do you perform interfaith wedding ceremonies?
Of course. Supporting your current spiritual values is integral to the process. Whether you desire a Catholic wedding ceremony, an interfaith celebration or something uniquely your own, we’ll work together to bring your vision to life. It’s your wedding. I’ll make sure it’s your way.“What I loved about working with Bill was that his response was always, this is YOUR ceremony and I want it to be what YOU want it to be. And…it was. The absolutely perfect ceremony that Angus and I wanted.
– Maureen and Angus Read mo”re →
What are your personal beliefs?
I believe that every person has a caring, warm, and generous nature which is a reflection of an all-accepting God. In my very depths, I believe in a living God who loves us beyond our wildest imagining. I embrace people of all faiths, as well as those with a spirituality of their own.
What’s your background?
Unlike many ceremony officiants, I didn’t just go online and get ordained. After 35 years as a Roman Catholic deacon, I was ordained a priest in the independent Catholic movement on November 19, 2011. In no way am I connected with the Roman Catholic Church.
My ministry is centered at the Friar Mychal Judge Pastoral Center in Northern Virginia where I am a chaplain working with the sick and those at the end of life, their families and caregivers. I have an active wedding ministry with Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings.“ Bill was fantastic to work with. We chose him because of his religious background, as our families are Catholic, but needed someone who could perform a ceremony at the Hay-Adams without a problem of it not being a church. – Hilary and MichaelRead mo”re →
What other qualifications do you have?
In addition, I am a university professor teaching courses in public health, healthcare administration, leadership and business management to master and doctoral students. I live in Arlington, Virginia with my spouse of 31 years and two wonderful shelter dogs. Life is very good.
Originally from New England, I have been in the Washington, DC area since 1987. I earned a Bachelor degree in Philosophy from St. John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora, NY, and a Master of Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, MD. In addition, I earned an MBA from Southeastern University in Washington, DC and a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.“Everything the reviews say are true and more. Rev. Bill was absolutely amazing. Warm and unique can’t even begin to describe the many comments we received from our guests about the ceremony. Guests actually asked for his information because they wanted Rev. Bill to officiate their wedding — that’s how good it was!
– Liz and John Read mo”re →