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Father 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

I am a Catholic Priest, of the Old Catholic Paulists, who is available to Officiate at Catholic or Christian Wedding Ceremonies in Albany, Saratoga,... Read more
Father Christopher Richard

I am a Catholic Priest, of the Old Catholic Paulists, who is available to Officiate at Catholic or Christian Wedding Ceremonies in Albany, Saratoga, Lake George, Lake Placid, Upstate New York, or Western Massachusetts.


The Wedding Ceremony can take place at your reception venue, a banquet hall or restaurant, a garden or park setting.


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; without an annulment.

I offer Wedding Ceremonies that range from a Catholic Non-Mass, to a full Catholic Mass, to a Christian Non-Denominational Ceremony. Most Ceremonies can either be indoors or outdoors.



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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Interfaith Ceremony, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Catholic

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Father Richard is a pro through and through! He was very informant on all things wedding related, not just officiating. He made the whole process very easy (very organized) and he reminded us to relax and be in the moment. We would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant!
Father Richard is a pro through and through! He was very informant on all things wedding related, not just officiating. He Read more...
Father Richard is a pro through and through! He was very informant on all things wedding related, not just officiating. He made the whole process very easy (very organized) and he reminded us to relax and be in the moment. We would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Father Richard to anyone looking for a priest to officiate their wedding. He was very helpful throughout the planning process, offering advice to any and every question that my husband and I had. I appreciated that he was able to help us have a religious ceremony that met our needs while being very non-judgmental. He allowed us to customize our ceremony to exactly how we needed it to be. It was great that during the ceremony, he takes steps to be sure that those in the audience have an enjoyable experience by making sure we speak clearly and loudly, instructing the best man on how to hold the rings while they are being blessed, and even stepping out of the way for the kiss picture at the conclusion of the ceremony. I couldn't imagine my wedding ceremony officiated by anyone else.
I highly recommend Father Richard to anyone looking for a priest to officiate their wedding. He was very helpful Read more...
I highly recommend Father Richard to anyone looking for a priest to officiate their wedding. He was very helpful throughout the planning process, offering advice to any and every question that my husband and I had. I appreciated that he was able to help us have a religious ceremony that met our needs while being very non-judgmental. He allowed us to customize our ceremony to exactly how we needed it to be. It was great that during the ceremony, he takes steps to be sure that those in the audience have an enjoyable experience by making sure we speak clearly and loudly, instructing the best man on how to hold the rings while they are being blessed, and even stepping out of the way for the kiss picture at the conclusion of the ceremony. I couldn't imagine my wedding ceremony officiated by anyone else. Read less
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Regina
Wedding:
4/30/2016
5.0/5.0
Msgr. Richard was wonderful. My fiancé and I are both Catholic, but he has some faith issues. I wanted a Catholic wedding ceremony, but I had to accommodate his concerns. I didn't know if it would be possible, but Monsignor made it work. He was responsive and flexible from the beginning. He took our concerns to heart, and made my fiancé comfortable. And he performed a beautiful ceremony. He was also good about keeping me calm. And finally, he was lovely to speak to you afterwards at the reception. I would also add he knew the photographer, and that made it even nicer because they had a strong working relationship.
Msgr. Richard was wonderful. My fiancé and I are both Catholic, but he has some faith issues. I wanted a Catholic wedding Read more...
Msgr. Richard was wonderful. My fiancé and I are both Catholic, but he has some faith issues. I wanted a Catholic wedding ceremony, but I had to accommodate his concerns. I didn't know if it would be possible, but Monsignor made it work. He was responsive and flexible from the beginning. He took our concerns to heart, and made my fiancé comfortable. And he performed a beautiful ceremony. He was also good about keeping me calm. And finally, he was lovely to speak to you afterwards at the reception. I would also add he knew the photographer, and that made it even nicer because they had a strong working relationship. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Nicole & Christopher
Wedding:
4/29/2016
5.0/5.0
When planning our wedding we thought we were doing a Church/Venue ceremony. Then family health issues arose and we needed to think fast, how could have a Catholic Marriage and reception all in one place? The answer Father Christopher Richard. We called Father Richard and met with him promptly, we were nervous and did not know what to expect. Well we were pleasantly surprised, in one meeting with Father Richard he made us feel at ease as well as guided us to a venue, a DJ, and confirmed our decision about our photographer. (seeing that that have all worked together before, We dubbed them our A-Team) Father Richard is a kind and very down to earth individual, his communication along the way was prompt and incredibly helpful! All the nervousness and uncertainty that we felt throughout the entire planning process was erased by just a single email to Father Richard.
Father Richard thinks of things that are NOT in your wedding planner, he even gave us our wedding ceremony program in an email, all we had to do was fill in the blanks! In the end we were so happy we chose Father Richard to Officiate our wedding! We were married (outside) and had our reception in one place, with a Certificate of Catholic Marriage! If you have the privilege of having Father Richard as your officiant, you are incredibly lucky and there is no doubt you will have an AMAZING wedding day!
When planning our wedding we thought we were doing a Church/Venue ceremony. Then family health issues arose and we needed Read more...
When planning our wedding we thought we were doing a Church/Venue ceremony. Then family health issues arose and we needed to think fast, how could have a Catholic Marriage and reception all in one place? The answer Father Christopher Richard. We called Father Richard and met with him promptly, we were nervous and did not know what to expect. Well we were pleasantly surprised, in one meeting with Father Richard he made us feel at ease as well as guided us to a venue, a DJ, and confirmed our decision about our photographer. (seeing that that have all worked together before, We dubbed them our A-Team) Father Richard is a kind and very down to earth individual, his communication along the way was prompt and incredibly helpful! All the nervousness and uncertainty that we felt throughout the entire planning process was erased by just a single email to Father Richard.
Father Richard thinks of things that are NOT in your wedding planner, he even gave us our wedding ceremony program in an email, all we had to do was fill in the blanks! In the end we were so happy we chose Father Richard to Officiate our wedding! We were married (outside) and had our reception in one place, with a Certificate of Catholic Marriage! If you have the privilege of having Father Richard as your officiant, you are incredibly lucky and there is no doubt you will have an AMAZING wedding day! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Annette
Wedding:
3/17/2016
5.0/5.0
Father Richard was outstanding!! From the first phone call to final farewell at the reception!
I had people asking me, after the wedding, if we had known Father long- how surprised they were learning that we only just met in preparation for the wedding.
Not only professional but so incredibly personable. My lifetime experiences with the church have been of much rigidness & sternness. I only wish, growing up, I had had someone like Father Richard as my spiritual guide.
Having been divorced and remarrying I never thought I would have the privilege of a Catholic ceremony. And not a cookie cutter ceremony- being able to choose the different readings, psalms & writing our own vows to one another made it so unique & honest. I am truly grateful to Father Richard!
Father Richard was outstanding!! From the first phone call to final farewell at the reception!
I had people asking Read more...
Father Richard was outstanding!! From the first phone call to final farewell at the reception!
I had people asking me, after the wedding, if we had known Father long- how surprised they were learning that we only just met in preparation for the wedding.
Not only professional but so incredibly personable. My lifetime experiences with the church have been of much rigidness & sternness. I only wish, growing up, I had had someone like Father Richard as my spiritual guide.
Having been divorced and remarrying I never thought I would have the privilege of a Catholic ceremony. And not a cookie cutter ceremony- being able to choose the different readings, psalms & writing our own vows to one another made it so unique & honest. I am truly grateful to Father Richard! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Andrew
Wedding:
1/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Msgr. Christopher Richard was absolutely amazing! I really cannot say enough! He was extremely professional, caring, and detail oriented. He helped us plan the entire ceremony down to the minute, and his demeanor kept everyone calm and happy throughout. It is very clear that Msgr. Christopher Richard has a lot of experience officiating weddings, and is the best option for anybody wanting an unforgettable ceremony.
Msgr. Christopher Richard was absolutely amazing! I really cannot say enough! He was extremely professional, caring, and Read more...
Msgr. Christopher Richard was absolutely amazing! I really cannot say enough! He was extremely professional, caring, and detail oriented. He helped us plan the entire ceremony down to the minute, and his demeanor kept everyone calm and happy throughout. It is very clear that Msgr. Christopher Richard has a lot of experience officiating weddings, and is the best option for anybody wanting an unforgettable ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Alexis
Wedding:
12/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Upon meeting Father Richard, my now husband and I had no clue how to plan a wedding. Not only did Father Richard ease the burden of finding an officiant, he helped us plan the whole thing! He shared his knowledge with us, including how to stand and put on the rings during the ceremony, in order to make our wedding day flow smoothly! He talked to the best man and maid of honor in order to make sure they knew what was going on. For him, communication was key; he talked to my parents, met with my husband and I multiple times, and talked with the vendors beforehand! We are still getting compliments on the amazing ceremony! He helped make my day perfect. With Father Richard, you're not only getting an officiant, you're getting a friend with years of experience, and a helper that will ease stress and anxiety!!! He is an absolute must!!
Upon meeting Father Richard, my now husband and I had no clue how to plan a wedding. Not only did Father Richard ease the Read more...
Upon meeting Father Richard, my now husband and I had no clue how to plan a wedding. Not only did Father Richard ease the burden of finding an officiant, he helped us plan the whole thing! He shared his knowledge with us, including how to stand and put on the rings during the ceremony, in order to make our wedding day flow smoothly! He talked to the best man and maid of honor in order to make sure they knew what was going on. For him, communication was key; he talked to my parents, met with my husband and I multiple times, and talked with the vendors beforehand! We are still getting compliments on the amazing ceremony! He helped make my day perfect. With Father Richard, you're not only getting an officiant, you're getting a friend with years of experience, and a helper that will ease stress and anxiety!!! He is an absolute must!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My husband and I wanted a catholic ceremony outside of a church and it felt like a miracle when our photographer recommended Father Richard. We were planning from abroad and Father worked with us to complete pre-cana at our own pace and helped us plan the perfect ceremony. The man is the ultimate professional, even giving tips on how and where to stand during the ceremony to ensure our photographer could capture the important moments. As we were only in Saratoga one day before the wedding, Father was extremely flexible and rearranged his schedule to meet with us to discuss the final details. The day of he was fabulous, explaining to our wedding party what to do and where to be while calming nerves. It is without hesitation that we recommend Father. Christopher Richard, it was an honor to have him marry us.
My husband and I wanted a catholic ceremony outside of a church and it felt like a miracle when our photographer Read more...
My husband and I wanted a catholic ceremony outside of a church and it felt like a miracle when our photographer recommended Father Richard. We were planning from abroad and Father worked with us to complete pre-cana at our own pace and helped us plan the perfect ceremony. The man is the ultimate professional, even giving tips on how and where to stand during the ceremony to ensure our photographer could capture the important moments. As we were only in Saratoga one day before the wedding, Father was extremely flexible and rearranged his schedule to meet with us to discuss the final details. The day of he was fabulous, explaining to our wedding party what to do and where to be while calming nerves. It is without hesitation that we recommend Father. Christopher Richard, it was an honor to have him marry us. Read less
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Kaitie
Wedding:
10/17/2015
5.0/5.0
Father Christopher Richard was wonderful! Such a nice guy and did exactly what we wanted and then some! Our wedding planner gave us wrong information or no information at all, and he stepped up and instructed what needed to be done and we couldn't appreciate that enough! Highly, highly recommended him!
Father Christopher Richard was wonderful! Such a nice guy and did exactly what we wanted and then some! Our wedding Read more...
Father Christopher Richard was wonderful! Such a nice guy and did exactly what we wanted and then some! Our wedding planner gave us wrong information or no information at all, and he stepped up and instructed what needed to be done and we couldn't appreciate that enough! Highly, highly recommended him! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Emily
Wedding:
10/2/2015
5.0/5.0
As a fellow wedding professional, I knew Father Christopher before my wedding. Working behind the scenes I had a first hand look at how he works with couples and the venues - always doing a fantastic job. Professional to a T, friendly and caring. He responds to calls and emails immediately, and is always willing to answer questions and concerns even if they are not specifically about the ceremony..offering to help as much as he can and even designing ceremony programs for you!
As someone who is Catholic but wished to have a more casual ceremony Father Christopher was my first choice. Impressing Catholic family members as well as guests who came from less church going background. Father Chris is a dear friend so I may be biased but I truly feel that he is a great choice!
As a fellow wedding professional, I knew Father Christopher before my wedding. Working behind the scenes I had a first Read more...
As a fellow wedding professional, I knew Father Christopher before my wedding. Working behind the scenes I had a first hand look at how he works with couples and the venues - always doing a fantastic job. Professional to a T, friendly and caring. He responds to calls and emails immediately, and is always willing to answer questions and concerns even if they are not specifically about the ceremony..offering to help as much as he can and even designing ceremony programs for you!
As someone who is Catholic but wished to have a more casual ceremony Father Christopher was my first choice. Impressing Catholic family members as well as guests who came from less church going background. Father Chris is a dear friend so I may be biased but I truly feel that he is a great choice! Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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