- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2015
FI is Jewish and I was raised Catholic, though neither of us are observant of our religions, nor have we been for quite some time. Regardless, it’s important to FI (and his family) to incorporate some Jewish traditions into our ceremony, and I’m fine with that. We haven’t worked out all of the specifics, but we’ll definitely be stepping on the glass (I don’t know the proper terminology for that) and will be signing a Ketubah. Since we’ve started talking about the ceremony, I realized that even though I do not practice the Catholic faith, t’s important to me as well (and to my mom) to incorporate something Catholic into our ceremony. As a nod to where I came from, so to speak.
Today, I was reviewing the list of officiants that our ceremony venue recommends and I came across a Reverend who identifies himself as an independent Catholic priest. This is something I’ve never heard of, and was wondering if any Bees had any additional knowledge of what an independent priest really is.
From his website, I’ve gathered that he used to be a traditional Catholic priest, but left the ministry. Years later, he returned as an independent priest, which, according to him, means he helps people to “appreciate and use the beauty of the Catholic tradition, without the limitations that the active ministers of the Church of Rome must live within.” According to his website, he is fully open to inter-faith and same-sex weddings, amongst other things that the Catholic Church isn’t A-OK with.
I haven’t brought this up to FI yet, and I don’t know if he’ll be on board with it, but I was just wondering if any Bees had used an independent Catholic priest to officiate their wedding before. It seems like it could be a good way to involve my Catholic upbringing without being too religious or too uncomfortable for FI and his guests. Any thoughts/experiences would be great!