Nuns Becoming Ordained As Priests (Photo)
Marriage Ceremonies, Officiant Information, Officiant Training, Ordination Information

Can A Nun Become Ordained?

We are often asked: are Catholic nuns allowed to become ordained? Our answer is yes. And no. We'll start with the "no." Current canon law and the church's catechism directs that "only a baptized man validly receives sacred ordination" to serve as a priest -- and only male priests can lead a parish of Catholic… Continue reading Can A Nun Become Ordained?

Burning Man Wedding Ceremony (Photo)
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Performing A Marriage Ceremony At Burning Man?

How many people do you know that got married at Burning Man? It seems almost de rigueur these days that if you're spending time on the playa, you might as well have your wedding on the playa. The single most important thing to keep in mind if you are planning to get married during Burning… Continue reading Performing A Marriage Ceremony At Burning Man?

Chapel On A Hill (Photo)
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Is A Religious Degree Also Considered “Ordination”?

Recently, D. asked us: I have finished all but two classes in my ordination tract because of needing to perform ceremonies. My degree is my license, right? Keep in mind that, unless it is specifically designated as such, a degree does not generally convey ordination on the degree holder. Ordination, per se, is an action taken… Continue reading Is A Religious Degree Also Considered “Ordination”?

Laughing Bride - Chris Moncus Photography
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Advanced Training As A Celebrant For All Of Life’s Events

While most states have little or no educational or training requirements for those performing ceremonies, First Nation strongly encourages its clergy members seeking either basic or advanced training to consider the programs offered by the Celebrant Foundation and Institute. If you are pursuing a career as a Celebrant, or if you are considering a career as a… Continue reading Advanced Training As A Celebrant For All Of Life’s Events

Wedding Celebration Photo
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Sage Advice For The First-Time Wedding Officiant

We received an inquiry this week from a minister who was getting ready to perform her very first marriage ceremony this coming weekend. Getting asked to perform a wedding for the first time progresses very quickly from "Sure, I'll do it!" to "Yipes, what do I actually do?" First Things First Here is the million-dollar… Continue reading Sage Advice For The First-Time Wedding Officiant