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Rev. Jim Rooney

Beacon , NY
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376 Breakneck Road
Beacon, NY 12508 US (map)

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917-880-0791

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ABOUT US

Your life together begins here…
“What you are is God’s gift to you; What you make of it, it’s your gift to God.”

This is the reflection I have on my Ordination Card. It... Read more
Your life together begins here…
“What you are is God’s gift to you; What you make of it, it’s your gift to God.”

This is the reflection I have on my Ordination Card. It sums up my belief in life and relationship with God, family and friends.

We all need the time and space to hear that inner voice to allow us to be who we are called to be. I believe we can only experience this self-discovery by allowing ourselves to touch and be touched in all of life’s experiences and then taking the time and space to hold on to them; to cherish and sometimes to let go.

To this end I’ve created Beacon Hermitage. The Hermitage is situated in the beautiful Hudson Valley at the base of Mount Beacon, the highest point in the Hudson Highlands.

In the quiet and calm of Beacon Hermitage you will find a place that affords you both an opportunity to focus on what really matters: your relationship and future happiness. It will help you deal with the most important aspects related to planning a wedding- you and your partner. Envision the loving moments you will experience here with your partner that will empower you both to remember why you are getting married. This marriage is a public declaration and commitment of your love for each other that has the power to inspire and enrich you for life.

Awaken into your creativity for inspiration and self-expression on your personal path to the altar of life. Seek each other’s beauty of spirit. This is the soul who is entrusting their life to you. Find the reassurance from each other to step confidently into a journey that will require your love, strength, patience, wisdom, forgiveness, charity and joy.

I invite you to join me in allowing the Spirit of our Creator to touch your mind, body and spirit. I look forward to sharing with you in your journey as you seek renewal and recommitment to life and community.

I am an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Tradition and registered civil marriage celebrant based in Beacon, with a wide experience of performing various ceremonies including: weddings, same sex weddings,funerals, memorials, baby naming days, commitment ceremonies, anniversaries and special occasions.

My training and experience have given me a deep knowledge of the role of officiant and celebrant in the community and the important role of ritual and ceremony in our lives. Together we will create a beautiful Order of Service that expresses your deepest feelings and most powerful emotions – whether they be feelings of love, joy, optimism, grief or acceptance.

The first step may seem daunting but I will personalize a ceremony to your every need and I will share with you my broad collection of ideas, poetry, readings, music and rituals, if you don’t know where to begin.

As a priest, officiant and chaplain I really love what I do, and you can be sure that I will always put your needs and wishes first and help you develop the ceremony you want. Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Quaker

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Alexandra
Wedding:
2/21/2015
5.0/5.0
I don't know where to start in thanking Jim for everything he has done and said at the ceremony. Half of our nerves were gone only because we had his support there! His kind words filled our hearts with happiness. During the reception, we received so many words of appreciation from all of our guests for Jim, and some even said that they will want his contact for their future (sooner or later) wedding! I send his name with so much confidence knowing how beautiful our ceremony was.
Thank you Jim!
I don't know where to start in thanking Jim for everything he has done and said at the ceremony. Half of our nerves were Read more...
I don't know where to start in thanking Jim for everything he has done and said at the ceremony. Half of our nerves were gone only because we had his support there! His kind words filled our hearts with happiness. During the reception, we received so many words of appreciation from all of our guests for Jim, and some even said that they will want his contact for their future (sooner or later) wedding! I send his name with so much confidence knowing how beautiful our ceremony was.
Thank you Jim! Read less
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Jill
Wedding:
2/14/2015
5.0/5.0
Reverend Jim officiated our wedding this past weekend. We cannot say enough great things about him and our ceremony. He was truly amazing, his words were heartfelt and meaningful, and he made our ceremony very special. Our family and friends have not stopped complimenting us on how great he was. He really takes the time to connect with the couples he marries and with the audience he speaks to. He also invited us to his home for brunch a few weeks before our wedding. It was a wonderful afternoon of conversation and great food, which allowed us to really get to know him and speak about what we wanted out of our ceremony. Overall, we could not be happier with our choice and our ceremony.
Reverend Jim officiated our wedding this past weekend. We cannot say enough great things about him and our ceremony. He Read more...
Reverend Jim officiated our wedding this past weekend. We cannot say enough great things about him and our ceremony. He was truly amazing, his words were heartfelt and meaningful, and he made our ceremony very special. Our family and friends have not stopped complimenting us on how great he was. He really takes the time to connect with the couples he marries and with the audience he speaks to. He also invited us to his home for brunch a few weeks before our wedding. It was a wonderful afternoon of conversation and great food, which allowed us to really get to know him and speak about what we wanted out of our ceremony. Overall, we could not be happier with our choice and our ceremony. Read less
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Matt
Wedding:
2/14/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev Jim was great! He helped us with the planning of the ceremony and was available and responsive any time we had questions. Then on the wedding day he did an amazing job with the ceremony, it was beautiful, and my wife and I can't thank him enough.
We highly recommend him!
Rev Jim was great! He helped us with the planning of the ceremony and was available and responsive any time we had Read more...
Rev Jim was great! He helped us with the planning of the ceremony and was available and responsive any time we had questions. Then on the wedding day he did an amazing job with the ceremony, it was beautiful, and my wife and I can't thank him enough.
We highly recommend him! Read less
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David
Wedding:
12/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jim Rooney was an excellent Officiant. From the first day we met him, we knew he was the perfect person for us. The time he took to get to know us did not seem like an interview, but a casual conversation back and forth. He showed genuine care and concern for our welfare as a couple. I was going through some family problems and Jim listened and gave guidance. He reminded me that this is a time for me and my bride and all else is secondary. From the beginning, he made us feel special and top priority.

About a week before the wedding, we went to his house for a retreat with our three girls. Jim made the girls feel welcome and cooked us all breakfast, which was delicious! The conversation around the table was relaxed and full of laughter. Jim has a way with people, spending time with him makes you feel full of life. Jim has a passion for life and it shines through when you are with him.

The ceremony itself was beyond what words can describe. We had selected the ceremony we wanted, but Jim made it even more personal. His knowledge of our lives shone through at the ceremony. He invited the guests to shout words of encouragement for us as we begin this life together. Jim even helped me to relax before my bride arrived.

If you are planning on getting married, I would recommend Jim Rooney as your Officiant with all my heart. He will give you a ceremony and an experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life. I look back on our ceremony and feel truly blessed that Jim was a part of it. We have made a friend for life in him, and I thank God that he was there for the start of our wonderful journey as husband and wife.
Rev. Jim Rooney was an excellent Officiant. From the first day we met him, we knew he was the perfect person for us. The Read more...
Rev. Jim Rooney was an excellent Officiant. From the first day we met him, we knew he was the perfect person for us. The time he took to get to know us did not seem like an interview, but a casual conversation back and forth. He showed genuine care and concern for our welfare as a couple. I was going through some family problems and Jim listened and gave guidance. He reminded me that this is a time for me and my bride and all else is secondary. From the beginning, he made us feel special and top priority.

About a week before the wedding, we went to his house for a retreat with our three girls. Jim made the girls feel welcome and cooked us all breakfast, which was delicious! The conversation around the table was relaxed and full of laughter. Jim has a way with people, spending time with him makes you feel full of life. Jim has a passion for life and it shines through when you are with him.

The ceremony itself was beyond what words can describe. We had selected the ceremony we wanted, but Jim made it even more personal. His knowledge of our lives shone through at the ceremony. He invited the guests to shout words of encouragement for us as we begin this life together. Jim even helped me to relax before my bride arrived.

If you are planning on getting married, I would recommend Jim Rooney as your Officiant with all my heart. He will give you a ceremony and an experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life. I look back on our ceremony and feel truly blessed that Jim was a part of it. We have made a friend for life in him, and I thank God that he was there for the start of our wonderful journey as husband and wife. Read less
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Hannah
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim made our day so special.

The beauty of having him officiate is that he goes through the process with you. He wants you to have the personalized wedding of your dreams. He sends a million documents that take a while to read through, but the flexibility to create your own ceremony, isn't something that is easily come by.

My husband is Catholic. I am not. I've always wanted an outdoor wedding; he wanted to get married in a Church. Jim was the answer. He could do Kevin's family justice by a partial Catholic, partial spiritual, partial traditional, partial Irish or Scottish..basically he can do whatever it is the couple desires.

Jim also asked us over for a bite to eat and a retreat walk on his AMAZING land. Kevin and I were so stressed leading up to the big day, so that break in nature really brought us back to one another.

Jim, thank you so much for marrying us. You were such a light. (and thanks for wearing your kilt.)

Love,

Mr. and Mrs. Tighe
Jim made our day so special.

The beauty of having him officiate is that he goes through the process with you. He Read more...
Jim made our day so special.

The beauty of having him officiate is that he goes through the process with you. He wants you to have the personalized wedding of your dreams. He sends a million documents that take a while to read through, but the flexibility to create your own ceremony, isn't something that is easily come by.

My husband is Catholic. I am not. I've always wanted an outdoor wedding; he wanted to get married in a Church. Jim was the answer. He could do Kevin's family justice by a partial Catholic, partial spiritual, partial traditional, partial Irish or Scottish..basically he can do whatever it is the couple desires.

Jim also asked us over for a bite to eat and a retreat walk on his AMAZING land. Kevin and I were so stressed leading up to the big day, so that break in nature really brought us back to one another.

Jim, thank you so much for marrying us. You were such a light. (and thanks for wearing your kilt.)

Love,

Mr. and Mrs. Tighe Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Imagine an empty room, reminiscent of an art gallery. Concrete floors, barren snow white walls, gallery lighting, and minimal seating. This was the backdrop for my wedding ceremony. Reverend Jim was able to infuse the entirety of this empty space with color and warmth and by doing so, transformed it into the most intimate gathering that I've ever had the honor of attending. He is a literal beacon of love.

Reverend Jim is genuine, kind, honest, and a fantastic host. After our first meeting we knew we had made the right decision. His ability to articulate his true feelings about love and friendship are unparalleled and his concern for not only the couple but the whole family is invaluable. He was flexible and engaging. He took our worries to heart and encouraged us to make the ceremony our own. If you want to married by a caring friend, contact Reverend Jim Rooney.

Despite two years of meticulous cocktail hour and reception planning, the ceremony was easily my favorite part of the wedding. Rev. Jim had all of us laughing, crying, and reflecting on what it means to be and how that impacts the relationships we promise to be a part of.
Imagine an empty room, reminiscent of an art gallery. Concrete floors, barren snow white walls, gallery lighting, and Read more...
Imagine an empty room, reminiscent of an art gallery. Concrete floors, barren snow white walls, gallery lighting, and minimal seating. This was the backdrop for my wedding ceremony. Reverend Jim was able to infuse the entirety of this empty space with color and warmth and by doing so, transformed it into the most intimate gathering that I've ever had the honor of attending. He is a literal beacon of love.

Reverend Jim is genuine, kind, honest, and a fantastic host. After our first meeting we knew we had made the right decision. His ability to articulate his true feelings about love and friendship are unparalleled and his concern for not only the couple but the whole family is invaluable. He was flexible and engaging. He took our worries to heart and encouraged us to make the ceremony our own. If you want to married by a caring friend, contact Reverend Jim Rooney.

Despite two years of meticulous cocktail hour and reception planning, the ceremony was easily my favorite part of the wedding. Rev. Jim had all of us laughing, crying, and reflecting on what it means to be and how that impacts the relationships we promise to be a part of. Read less
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JEFFREY
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim was wonderful and all our guest have been saying what a special and beautiful service he gave at our wedding! He is a great guy and after getting to know him you will have a friend for life.
Jim was wonderful and all our guest have been saying what a special and beautiful service he gave at our wedding! He is a Read more...
Jim was wonderful and all our guest have been saying what a special and beautiful service he gave at our wedding! He is a great guy and after getting to know him you will have a friend for life. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Phenomenal! We wanted a intimate and spiritual ceremony with a reception for family and friends held at a later date; Jim exceeded our expectations. We communicated via email and phone, but only met in person that day. Immediately were drawn to his gentle and spiritual manner. After the ceremony, held in Rev. Jim's garden, he invited us into home and genuinely talked with us over coffee and tea. We would wholeheartedly recommend Rev. Jim to anyone. I do hope our paths cross again. He is a man worth knowing.
Phenomenal! We wanted a intimate and spiritual ceremony with a reception for family and friends held at a later date; Jim Read more...
Phenomenal! We wanted a intimate and spiritual ceremony with a reception for family and friends held at a later date; Jim exceeded our expectations. We communicated via email and phone, but only met in person that day. Immediately were drawn to his gentle and spiritual manner. After the ceremony, held in Rev. Jim's garden, he invited us into home and genuinely talked with us over coffee and tea. We would wholeheartedly recommend Rev. Jim to anyone. I do hope our paths cross again. He is a man worth knowing. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Jim provided us with the most amazing ceremony. He took the time to really get to know us and what was important to us and it really came through during the ceremony.
Our family and friends raved about the ceremony and how beautiful it was.
I highly recommend Jim and can't thank him enough.
Jim provided us with the most amazing ceremony. He took the time to really get to know us and what was important to us and Read more...
Jim provided us with the most amazing ceremony. He took the time to really get to know us and what was important to us and it really came through during the ceremony.
Our family and friends raved about the ceremony and how beautiful it was.
I highly recommend Jim and can't thank him enough. Read less
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Tara
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
We were married on September 20, 2014. My husband and I were referred to Rev. Rooney by our venue. From my first conversation with Jim I had a good feeling about working with him. Aside from being very kind and thoughtful, I felt as though he was invested in getting to know us. Throughout the process of speaking and meeting with Jim, he made it a personal and welcoming experience. Not only did we get to know Jim but he also had such a wonderful ability that led us to growing closer in our relationship. As part of the meeting process, I felt like a guest in his home. playing with his adorable dog Angus and being blessed with some of his wonderful cooking! During the last meeting, Jim sent us out on a hike in the trails behind his home. The whole process reminded us why we were getting married, in addition to the investment that would be required by both in any sucessful marriage.
The ceremony was amazing and I am still receiving compliments on how special it was. Rev. Rooney incorporated what was important to us and our family in such a unique and personal way. As flexible as he was during the planning process he was also very helpful and gave us great recommendations for our ceremony. My husband and I are both Roman Catholic so our experience has always been very traditional, leading us to experience some initial hesitantly in having such a personal and family oriented ceremony. I'm so glad we listened to his suggestions because I can't stress enough as to how much we loved the ceremony. We and our guests smiled, laughed and cried throughout it all! What a wonderful experience!
We were married on September 20, 2014. My husband and I were referred to Rev. Rooney by our venue. From my first Read more...
We were married on September 20, 2014. My husband and I were referred to Rev. Rooney by our venue. From my first conversation with Jim I had a good feeling about working with him. Aside from being very kind and thoughtful, I felt as though he was invested in getting to know us. Throughout the process of speaking and meeting with Jim, he made it a personal and welcoming experience. Not only did we get to know Jim but he also had such a wonderful ability that led us to growing closer in our relationship. As part of the meeting process, I felt like a guest in his home. playing with his adorable dog Angus and being blessed with some of his wonderful cooking! During the last meeting, Jim sent us out on a hike in the trails behind his home. The whole process reminded us why we were getting married, in addition to the investment that would be required by both in any sucessful marriage.
The ceremony was amazing and I am still receiving compliments on how special it was. Rev. Rooney incorporated what was important to us and our family in such a unique and personal way. As flexible as he was during the planning process he was also very helpful and gave us great recommendations for our ceremony. My husband and I are both Roman Catholic so our experience has always been very traditional, leading us to experience some initial hesitantly in having such a personal and family oriented ceremony. I'm so glad we listened to his suggestions because I can't stress enough as to how much we loved the ceremony. We and our guests smiled, laughed and cried throughout it all! What a wonderful experience! Read less
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