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Father Christopher Richard

Loudonville , NY
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20 Krug Court
Loudonville, NY US 12211 (map)
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Father Christopher Richard

frcrichard@yahoo.com

518.859.5710 www.FrRichard.com

I am an Independent Catholic Priest, of the Old Catholic Church, who is... Read more
Father Christopher Richard

frcrichard@yahoo.com

518.859.5710 www.FrRichard.com

I am an Independent Catholic Priest, of the Old Catholic Church, who is available to Officiate at Catholic or Christian weddings in New York State (except NYC).

The wedding can take place at your home, a garden or park setting, a restaurant or banquet hall, or other on-site place of your choosing.

I accomidate 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 ceremonies that range from Basic Christian Marriage Ceremony to full Catholic Mass, with Exchange of Vows. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Interfaith Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Christian (no denomination), Christian - Catholic
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. I Officiate your wedding "On-Site," such as Banquet Hall or Restaurants, Garden or Park settings, your home, or other place of your choice.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes. However, it must remain Christian.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes. I believe this is a personal day, and the ceremony may be "personalized."
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Yes. These are scriptural readings. I also invite poems.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No. However, I require to meet to meet with the couple as soon as possible to start discussings the details of the ceremony. We the finalize the details within a month prior to the wedding.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes. (If available)

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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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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/14/2013
4.9/5.0
We used Father Richard for our wedding in Lake George, NY. Over the course of a year we met with him 3 times and spoke via email at length. He was always extremely responsive, detail oriented, and his personality put us at ease. He showed up early to both the rehearsal and the ceremony and our entire family loved him. He bacame more than just an officiant on our wedding day, but also a friend. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and made our ceremony so special!
We used Father Richard for our wedding in Lake George, NY. Over the course of a year we met with him 3 times and spoke via Read more...
We used Father Richard for our wedding in Lake George, NY. Over the course of a year we met with him 3 times and spoke via email at length. He was always extremely responsive, detail oriented, and his personality put us at ease. He showed up early to both the rehearsal and the ceremony and our entire family loved him. He bacame more than just an officiant on our wedding day, but also a friend. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and made our ceremony so special! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year 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
Services Used: Officiant
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happy bride
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
We were very happy to be able to have a catholic ceremony outside and without getting an annullment for my previous wedding.
We were very happy to be able to have a catholic ceremony outside and without getting an annullment for my previous Read more...
We were very happy to be able to have a catholic ceremony outside and without getting an annullment for my previous wedding. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Father Christopher helped us from the beginning to the end and people commented on how beautiful our ceremony was. He directed everyone at the rehearsal and kept us relaxed at the alter. My fiance is not a confirmed catholic and I am, and Father Christopher helped us have a Christian wedding without judgment. He was also available at any time for our questions or concerns. We are extremely happy with our decision to go with him as our officiant.
Father Christopher helped us from the beginning to the end and people commented on how beautiful our ceremony was. He Read more...
Father Christopher helped us from the beginning to the end and people commented on how beautiful our ceremony was. He directed everyone at the rehearsal and kept us relaxed at the alter. My fiance is not a confirmed catholic and I am, and Father Christopher helped us have a Christian wedding without judgment. He was also available at any time for our questions or concerns. We are extremely happy with our decision to go with him as our officiant. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Jessica
Wedding:
4/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Father Chris was everything we could have hoped for in an officiant and more!

Dave and I are of different religious beliefs, and Fr. Chris helped put together a ceremony that was a balance of what we wanted. He was non-judgmental as he tailored it specifically for us and was very thorough as he went over all the parts of the ceremony.

One of the best things about him was, however, how calm he kept us at the altar. He was fun and reverent at the same time and I would highly recommend him!
Father Chris was everything we could have hoped for in an officiant and more!

Dave and I are of different Read more...
Father Chris was everything we could have hoped for in an officiant and more!

Dave and I are of different religious beliefs, and Fr. Chris helped put together a ceremony that was a balance of what we wanted. He was non-judgmental as he tailored it specifically for us and was very thorough as he went over all the parts of the ceremony.

One of the best things about him was, however, how calm he kept us at the altar. He was fun and reverent at the same time and I would highly recommend him! Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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