(Closed) Need a catholic priest for a wedding in Indianapolis, Indiana.

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Do you have a church to get married in? Because priests are not allowed to do weddings outside of a church unless you have some rare super special circumstance…not like you really want to get married somewhere else, but like one of you is deathly ill and cannot leave the hospital bed. Otherwise, you’re pretty much out of luck and will have to find a non-priest officiant to marry you.


Here are some threads i found on theknot’s Indianapolis board with officiant recommendations:



Post # 4
1310 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Only in rare situations will a priest marry you outside of a church. Or are you using a Catholic university chapel or somesuch and the local priests aren’t available? I would start off asking the priests you know (who are busy) if they have any suggestions for who to contact. A lot of active priests know retired priests in good standing who they can ask to fill in at Mass on vacation Sundays and in case of illness. Perhaps such a fill-in could help with your wedding.

Otherwise, you need to find a parish local to Indy. Here’s a list from the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis.


I would just go down the list calling and pleading. Again if you are getting married outside of a church you won’t find a priest to come officiate, but if it is inside a church, maybe a pastor will be willing to assist – perhaps if you are planning to join his parish after the wedding.

The parishes will have different requirements as to whether they will marry you there. Some of them will require you be a parishioner for a certain length of time. Others just will want to see the paper work you’ve done with the priest preparing you for marriage and your pre-Cana certificates.

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