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Father Christopher Richard

Albany , NY
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P.O. Box 11525
Albany, NY 12211 US (map)

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518-859-5710

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Father Christopher Richard

frcrichard@yahoo.com

518.859.5710 www.FrRichard.com
I am an Catholic Priest, of the Old Catholic Paulists, who is available to... Read more
Father Christopher Richard

frcrichard@yahoo.com

518.859.5710 www.FrRichard.com
I am an Catholic Priest, of the Old Catholic Paulists, who is available to Officiate at Catholic or Christian Wedding Ceremonies in Albany, Saratoga, Lake George, Upstate New York, Western Massachusetts, & Vermont.

The Wedding Ceremony can take place at your Reception venue, a banquet hall or restaurant, a garden or park setting, or other place of your choosing.
I accommodate those who do not belong to a specific church or denomination, but wish to have a Wedding Ceremony which is "Blessed in the Eyes of God". Those who have been previously married are welcome.

I offer Wedding Ceremonies that range from a Catholic Non-Mass, to a full Catholic Mass, to a Christian Non-Denominational Ceremony. All Ceremonies can either be indoors or outdoors. Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Interfaith Ceremony, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Catholic

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Laurie
Wedding:
5/24/2015
5.0/5.0
Father Richard was wonderful. It was such a pleasure working with him. We met with him a few times before our wedding to go over details, and each time, he went out of his way to offer suggestions we hadn't even considered, or even ask if there was anything he can do to make things easier for us. He made us feel very comfortable with our choice to have him officiate our marriage. I also loved that my venue and DJ had all worked with him before. Everything fell together nicely. I had multiple family and friends come up to us and ask about Father Richard after the ceremony. They all said how beautiful it was. I agree, it was perfect. He truly cares and it shows. You will not regret choosing him for your special day.
Father Richard was wonderful. It was such a pleasure working with him. We met with him a few times before our wedding to Read more...
Father Richard was wonderful. It was such a pleasure working with him. We met with him a few times before our wedding to go over details, and each time, he went out of his way to offer suggestions we hadn't even considered, or even ask if there was anything he can do to make things easier for us. He made us feel very comfortable with our choice to have him officiate our marriage. I also loved that my venue and DJ had all worked with him before. Everything fell together nicely. I had multiple family and friends come up to us and ask about Father Richard after the ceremony. They all said how beautiful it was. I agree, it was perfect. He truly cares and it shows. You will not regret choosing him for your special day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Msgr. Richard recently attended our wedding weekend in Cooperstown, NY. From the beginning stages of planning, we were so glad to be working with him. His help and guidance throughout the planning process was wonderful, answering our questions thoroughly and giving advice and suggestion when needed, and making us feel comfortable from day 1. We won't ever forget Msgr. Richard's sense of humor, either, which was extremely comforting and made our bridal party feel relaxed and confident for the big day. The ceremony itself was just lovely, and guests are still remarking about Msgr. Richard and what a wonderful presence he was during the wedding.
Msgr. Richard recently attended our wedding weekend in Cooperstown, NY. From the beginning stages of planning, we were so Read more...
Msgr. Richard recently attended our wedding weekend in Cooperstown, NY. From the beginning stages of planning, we were so glad to be working with him. His help and guidance throughout the planning process was wonderful, answering our questions thoroughly and giving advice and suggestion when needed, and making us feel comfortable from day 1. We won't ever forget Msgr. Richard's sense of humor, either, which was extremely comforting and made our bridal party feel relaxed and confident for the big day. The ceremony itself was just lovely, and guests are still remarking about Msgr. Richard and what a wonderful presence he was during the wedding. Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Monsignor Richard is such a wonderful officiant. During our first meeting, he went over many wedding details and it's clear that he really knows what he is talking about!

We didn't want to have a church ceremony, but still wanted to have a religious aspect to the ceremony, and Monsignor Richard was absolutely perfect. He provides both a Catholic and Non-Catholic ceremony. We opted for the Non-Catholic, but still had some readings and prayers. He performed the ceremony on-site at the venue, which was perfect. He did a quick walk-through with the bridal party right before the ceremony while we were taking pictures and had everyone so organized. He is very responsive via both email and phone, and quickly answers any questions you may have.

He gives you several documents, which makes the planning process very easy. There are also questions that he suggests you ask each other, but doesn't press you for the answers which I thought was nice.

A few months before the wedding, we had a personal family tragedy that we called Monsignor Richard to assist with. He was able to come in the very early hours of the morning and put everyone at ease. I thought that was amazing as he did not really know us that well, and he was on his way out of town. We are forever grateful to him, and are so happy that he was able to officiate our ceremony.
Monsignor Richard is such a wonderful officiant. During our first meeting, he went over many wedding details and it's Read more...
Monsignor Richard is such a wonderful officiant. During our first meeting, he went over many wedding details and it's clear that he really knows what he is talking about!

We didn't want to have a church ceremony, but still wanted to have a religious aspect to the ceremony, and Monsignor Richard was absolutely perfect. He provides both a Catholic and Non-Catholic ceremony. We opted for the Non-Catholic, but still had some readings and prayers. He performed the ceremony on-site at the venue, which was perfect. He did a quick walk-through with the bridal party right before the ceremony while we were taking pictures and had everyone so organized. He is very responsive via both email and phone, and quickly answers any questions you may have.

He gives you several documents, which makes the planning process very easy. There are also questions that he suggests you ask each other, but doesn't press you for the answers which I thought was nice.

A few months before the wedding, we had a personal family tragedy that we called Monsignor Richard to assist with. He was able to come in the very early hours of the morning and put everyone at ease. I thought that was amazing as he did not really know us that well, and he was on his way out of town. We are forever grateful to him, and are so happy that he was able to officiate our ceremony. Read less
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Robin
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Monsignor Christopher was so much more than an officiant who just came, married us and left. He was part wedding planner, part friend. I was so thrilled that both myself and my husband could have the wedding that we each wanted. I wanted a garden wedding, he a Catholic ceremony. Those two are usually not combined, but Father Chris made it happen. As a Protestant, I really appreciated that there were no prejudices and no hesitations as we both had been previously married. His only requirement was that we were happy and sure, open and willing. He advised us on the ceremony selections, and it flowed. We have had so many compliments on how beautiful our ceremony was, how much feeling and meaning it had. I was also honored that he stayed for some of the reception, and see the look of joy he had on his face.
Monsignor Christopher was so much more than an officiant who just came, married us and left. He was part wedding planner, Read more...
Monsignor Christopher was so much more than an officiant who just came, married us and left. He was part wedding planner, part friend. I was so thrilled that both myself and my husband could have the wedding that we each wanted. I wanted a garden wedding, he a Catholic ceremony. Those two are usually not combined, but Father Chris made it happen. As a Protestant, I really appreciated that there were no prejudices and no hesitations as we both had been previously married. His only requirement was that we were happy and sure, open and willing. He advised us on the ceremony selections, and it flowed. We have had so many compliments on how beautiful our ceremony was, how much feeling and meaning it had. I was also honored that he stayed for some of the reception, and see the look of joy he had on his face. Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
7/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Msgr. Christopher Richard was great. He was so helpful and organized. He helped us find the perfect way to celebrate our union. We were having the wedding ceremony outside but also wanted to have Mass. He was up for the challenge and it ended up being exactly what we wanted. He was great to work with and I'm so thankful we were able to have him conduct our ceremony.
Msgr. Christopher Richard was great. He was so helpful and organized. He helped us find the perfect way to celebrate our Read more...
Msgr. Christopher Richard was great. He was so helpful and organized. He helped us find the perfect way to celebrate our union. We were having the wedding ceremony outside but also wanted to have Mass. He was up for the challenge and it ended up being exactly what we wanted. He was great to work with and I'm so thankful we were able to have him conduct our ceremony. Read less
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Renee
Wedding:
7/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Msgr. Richard was great to work with. He was very supportive during the planning and helped us keep calm during the ceremony. Planning the ceremony and choosing readings was made simple due to his help. He offers great advice and a good sense of humor. My bridal party enjoyed working with him as well! If you are looking to have a religious ceremony outside the church you will not be disappointed!
Msgr. Richard was great to work with. He was very supportive during the planning and helped us keep calm during the Read more...
Msgr. Richard was great to work with. He was very supportive during the planning and helped us keep calm during the ceremony. Planning the ceremony and choosing readings was made simple due to his help. He offers great advice and a good sense of humor. My bridal party enjoyed working with him as well! If you are looking to have a religious ceremony outside the church you will not be disappointed! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Father Richard was amazing. My wife and I are both Catholic. We had a small beautiful outdoor wedding. From the time we first contacted him he helped guide us through the process of getting married, providing advice far beyond what you'd expect. On wedding day, he helped keep everyone calm and made sure that the service went off without a hitch. He has a great sense of humor, is easy to get along with, but also gets down to business when it comes to all the important stuff. We loved how he taught us the best way to do everything so that the photographers got the best shots. He also made the signing of the marriage license an event for the photographers, which everyone thought was really unique. We couldn't possibly be happier. You won't go wrong working with Fr. Richard!
Father Richard was amazing. My wife and I are both Catholic. We had a small beautiful outdoor wedding. From the time we Read more...
Father Richard was amazing. My wife and I are both Catholic. We had a small beautiful outdoor wedding. From the time we first contacted him he helped guide us through the process of getting married, providing advice far beyond what you'd expect. On wedding day, he helped keep everyone calm and made sure that the service went off without a hitch. He has a great sense of humor, is easy to get along with, but also gets down to business when it comes to all the important stuff. We loved how he taught us the best way to do everything so that the photographers got the best shots. He also made the signing of the marriage license an event for the photographers, which everyone thought was really unique. We couldn't possibly be happier. You won't go wrong working with Fr. Richard! Read less
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Vinny
Wedding:
7/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Father Richard was the perfect centerpiece for our Ceremony. He has an amazing aura about him that places you and your significant other at ease. His delivery of the Ceremony is clear with conviction and filled with love. I would highly recommend selecting Father Richard to apart of the most important part of your day!
Father Richard was the perfect centerpiece for our Ceremony. He has an amazing aura about him that places you and your Read more...
Father Richard was the perfect centerpiece for our Ceremony. He has an amazing aura about him that places you and your significant other at ease. His delivery of the Ceremony is clear with conviction and filled with love. I would highly recommend selecting Father Richard to apart of the most important part of your day! Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
6/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Monsignor Richard did a fantastic job! He was very attentive throughout the whole planning process. He called and checked in to ensure evrything was going smoothly. The ceremony he performed was absolutely beautiful. We highly reccommend him!
Monsignor Richard did a fantastic job! He was very attentive throughout the whole planning process. He called and checked Read more...
Monsignor Richard did a fantastic job! He was very attentive throughout the whole planning process. He called and checked in to ensure evrything was going smoothly. The ceremony he performed was absolutely beautiful. We highly reccommend him! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
12/3/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were both raised Roman Catholic but are not currently hard-fast practicing Catholics (i.e. we don't belong to any one parish as members), so we were really at a loss when trying to find a religious ceremony that would fit our needs. When looking at wedding venues in the Albany, NY area we were recommended to contact Father Christopher Richard. He is a monsignor in the Old Catholic religion and as such, his ceremonies are recognized by the Catholic church and also he is able to perform ceremonies on-site for couples. When we met Father Chris for the first time we know it was the perfect solution we were looking for.

I can not say enough good things about Father Chris. He is extremely professional, flexible about meeting times and locations and he makes himself available always. In addition to performing a BEAUTIFUL ceremony for us, he really helped us along the way with areas of wedding planning that we would never expect from our officiant. He gave us recommendations on Tuxedo places, on rehearsal dinner locations, on how to best plan our honeymoon, etc. He is well know and very respected in the area and therefore we really trusted his advice.

At our rehearsal, Father Chris was a lifesaver. Our wedding party was a little... rowdy (for lack of a better word) and I, personally, was nervous that we wouldn't be able to "get it together" and follow his instructions. On the contrary - Father Chris commands the attention of the room and really helped everyone understand their role in the ceremony, why it was important and how to make it go smoothly.

He is professional, smart, a LITTLE stern (but in a good way!) and a great asset to any wedding.
My husband and I were both raised Roman Catholic but are not currently hard-fast practicing Catholics (i.e. we don't Read more...
My husband and I were both raised Roman Catholic but are not currently hard-fast practicing Catholics (i.e. we don't belong to any one parish as members), so we were really at a loss when trying to find a religious ceremony that would fit our needs. When looking at wedding venues in the Albany, NY area we were recommended to contact Father Christopher Richard. He is a monsignor in the Old Catholic religion and as such, his ceremonies are recognized by the Catholic church and also he is able to perform ceremonies on-site for couples. When we met Father Chris for the first time we know it was the perfect solution we were looking for.

I can not say enough good things about Father Chris. He is extremely professional, flexible about meeting times and locations and he makes himself available always. In addition to performing a BEAUTIFUL ceremony for us, he really helped us along the way with areas of wedding planning that we would never expect from our officiant. He gave us recommendations on Tuxedo places, on rehearsal dinner locations, on how to best plan our honeymoon, etc. He is well know and very respected in the area and therefore we really trusted his advice.

At our rehearsal, Father Chris was a lifesaver. Our wedding party was a little... rowdy (for lack of a better word) and I, personally, was nervous that we wouldn't be able to "get it together" and follow his instructions. On the contrary - Father Chris commands the attention of the room and really helped everyone understand their role in the ceremony, why it was important and how to make it go smoothly.

He is professional, smart, a LITTLE stern (but in a good way!) and a great asset to any wedding. Read less
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