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.“Words cannot express how happy we are and how amazing the ceremony was!!!! Everyone is saying they have never been to a more personal, touching wedding. Thank you so much for working with us and giving us the ceremony that we exactly wanted!!!!” – Maureen and Angus Read mo”re →
Why do couples choose Rev. Bill?
I create beautiful wedding ceremonies that tell your 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.
I look forward to hearing your story. Call or email me to discuss your wedding ideas and how I can help create a ceremony that reflects your individuality, 703-951-7090.
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.
I am a priest with the United American 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. As part of that ministry, I oversee a worldwide Prayer Request Wall. 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 healthcare administration, leadership and ethics to master and doctoral students. I live in Arlington, Virginia with my partner of 25 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 in 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.
Now that you’ve read a little about me, I want to hear more about you. Call or contact me to discuss your wedding and how I can help make your ceremony reflect your needs and desires, 703-951-7090.“Words cannot describe how sweet and kind he is and we could not be happier with our ceremony.
– Anu and Rishi Read mo”re →