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Rev. Stephen Stahley

Westminster , MD

LOCATION

355 Buckingham Way
Westminster, MD 21157 US (map)

PHONE

443-974-1661

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Along with hospice volunteer service, officiating at funerals, and ministry to the LGBT Community, I officiate at weddings that are rooted in the Catholic tradition. After resigning from... Read more
Along with hospice volunteer service, officiating at funerals, and ministry to the LGBT Community, I officiate at weddings that are rooted in the Catholic tradition. After resigning from the institutional Catholic priesthood to marry in 1988, I was summoned back to priestly service by my large, Irish Catholic family in Philadelphia for a range of ministerial needs. In 2003, I affiliated with CITI Ministries, Inc. (Celibacy Is The Issue) in order that the weddings I performed would be recognized by the civil authorities. CITI Ministries put my name on their website and the rest is history...

With my wife and two children, I live in Westminster, Maryland. My day job is working for a non-profit agency that provides a range of mental health services for the citizens of Maryland. My rapidly expanding ministerial work has returned me to the thing I most love about the Catholic priesthood--celebrating life's pivotal transitions with people who believe that God's presence permeates the deepest levels of the human experience.

Perhaps one day the Catholic Church will solve the priest shortage by ordaining women and married men. Until it does, I'll do my best to help all who need my services. Read less
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130x130 sq 1457543735187 jillian and ian 2015 go in peace
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130x130 sq 1459174354724 steven  chelsea washington dc dec 2013
130x130 sq 1459179416384 susan and karen may 2014
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.

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DANA
Wedding:
6/18/2016
5.0/5.0
Words cannot express how truly wonderful it was to have Rev. Stephen Stahley perform our ceremony. As divorced Catholics parents, we instantly were drawn to the fact that he was a former priest and upon reading his bio, I hoped that he would be available to marry us. Once we met Rev. Steve, we immediately hit it off and found the sheer joy, interest and compassion that he brings to interacting with people to be boundless.

The ceremony was beautiful. Rev. Steve touched on the themes of family and included the children in the ceremony so that they each felt special and part of the event...part of the new family.

We asked that he stay for the reception as I knew that everyone would love him. He was more than a hit. My extended family is enamored of him and my aunt is looking to have him perform the ceremony when my cousin marries his fiancée.

Having Rev. Steve perform the lovely ceremony and then speak with guests with genuine interest was absolutely fabulous. We love him!
Words cannot express how truly wonderful it was to have Rev. Stephen Stahley perform our ceremony. As divorced Catholics Read more...
Words cannot express how truly wonderful it was to have Rev. Stephen Stahley perform our ceremony. As divorced Catholics parents, we instantly were drawn to the fact that he was a former priest and upon reading his bio, I hoped that he would be available to marry us. Once we met Rev. Steve, we immediately hit it off and found the sheer joy, interest and compassion that he brings to interacting with people to be boundless.

The ceremony was beautiful. Rev. Steve touched on the themes of family and included the children in the ceremony so that they each felt special and part of the event...part of the new family.

We asked that he stay for the reception as I knew that everyone would love him. He was more than a hit. My extended family is enamored of him and my aunt is looking to have him perform the ceremony when my cousin marries his fiancée.

Having Rev. Steve perform the lovely ceremony and then speak with guests with genuine interest was absolutely fabulous. We love him! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/18/2016
5.0/5.0
I am not a person who writes reviews. Given that, it was my responsibility based on my experience. Rev. Stephen Stahley “Rev. Steve”, was the perfect choice for our wedding. We initially looked into him as we are Catholic and this is our second marriage. Given the fact that he is a former priest, our interest was sparked. Within minutes of meeting, my wife and I were sold- Rev. Steve was the right choice for us. Rev. Steve met with us and we were immediately impressed! It was supposed my wife and I finding out about him. He told us about him. My wife and I were questioned about “us”. Rev. Steve took the time to get to know us, what we wanted, and any special things that he would need to know. It was a genuine conversation, which was evident during our ceremony. When Rev. Steve walked back to his car, my wife and I did not need to have a discussion. We looked at each other and said, “Wow! Did you feel the same connection I did?”

There ceremony was beautiful! Rev. Steve did not hear what we had talked about…he “listened”. He incorporated themes and messages that were important to us. Rev. Steve did not see us as another couple “getting married again”. He looked at us as the couple “we are” and it was evident.
People may think that “we were so in love, that no matter what, it will be great”. This is not us, as this is not our first marriage. A true testament to how Rev. Steve made this day special, is the number of people who gravitated to him and had great conversations. Mingling among our guests, it was often overheard, just how good Rev. Steve was. In addition, there were many conversations with us that solidified our connection and a realization that what is important to us, is important to Rev. Steve.
My wife and I would like to thank Rev. Stephen Stahley for making this a beautiful day for us. You not only listened to what we said, but you connected with us and our guests. You are clearly a rare gem, and we are forever grateful!
I am not a person who writes reviews. Given that, it was my responsibility based on my experience. Rev. Stephen Stahley “ Read more...
I am not a person who writes reviews. Given that, it was my responsibility based on my experience. Rev. Stephen Stahley “Rev. Steve”, was the perfect choice for our wedding. We initially looked into him as we are Catholic and this is our second marriage. Given the fact that he is a former priest, our interest was sparked. Within minutes of meeting, my wife and I were sold- Rev. Steve was the right choice for us. Rev. Steve met with us and we were immediately impressed! It was supposed my wife and I finding out about him. He told us about him. My wife and I were questioned about “us”. Rev. Steve took the time to get to know us, what we wanted, and any special things that he would need to know. It was a genuine conversation, which was evident during our ceremony. When Rev. Steve walked back to his car, my wife and I did not need to have a discussion. We looked at each other and said, “Wow! Did you feel the same connection I did?”

There ceremony was beautiful! Rev. Steve did not hear what we had talked about…he “listened”. He incorporated themes and messages that were important to us. Rev. Steve did not see us as another couple “getting married again”. He looked at us as the couple “we are” and it was evident.
People may think that “we were so in love, that no matter what, it will be great”. This is not us, as this is not our first marriage. A true testament to how Rev. Steve made this day special, is the number of people who gravitated to him and had great conversations. Mingling among our guests, it was often overheard, just how good Rev. Steve was. In addition, there were many conversations with us that solidified our connection and a realization that what is important to us, is important to Rev. Steve.
My wife and I would like to thank Rev. Stephen Stahley for making this a beautiful day for us. You not only listened to what we said, but you connected with us and our guests. You are clearly a rare gem, and we are forever grateful! Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
4/16/2016
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough about how wonderful it was to have Steve be part of our wedding. We had a very small wedding - 8 guests - and Steve fit right in providing thoughtful and personal touches to the ceremony. He graciously met with my (then) fiancee and me twice, the second time so that he could meet with some of our dear friends who were going to be part of the ceremony. I received emails from him as our wedding day approached providing warm and encouraging messages. He has a true calling to ministry and we are forever blessed that Steve was the one who presided over our special day.
I can't say enough about how wonderful it was to have Steve be part of our wedding. We had a very small wedding - 8 guests Read more...
I can't say enough about how wonderful it was to have Steve be part of our wedding. We had a very small wedding - 8 guests - and Steve fit right in providing thoughtful and personal touches to the ceremony. He graciously met with my (then) fiancee and me twice, the second time so that he could meet with some of our dear friends who were going to be part of the ceremony. I received emails from him as our wedding day approached providing warm and encouraging messages. He has a true calling to ministry and we are forever blessed that Steve was the one who presided over our special day. Read less
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Jillian
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
If you want an officiant who will spend the time to understand and know, Steve is your guy! He will talk to you before hand andake sure the ceremony had a personal touch. So many times is the ceremony boring and un-fun, but with Steve, he makes it interesting, he brings everyone in and let's them feel comfortable. I can't imagine anyone else having done our wedding! He kept us calm and in the moment, reminded us to breath and take our time (which helped greatly!) He made it so special, so perfect! If you want it done right, Steve is the guy that'll do it! I can't recommend him enough! It's a day that you only get once, make it perfect! Than you so much Steve! It meant the world to us to have you there doing the ceremony! We couldn't have done it with anyone else! Thank you! (He's that good!)
If you want an officiant who will spend the time to understand and know, Steve is your guy! He will talk to you before Read more...
If you want an officiant who will spend the time to understand and know, Steve is your guy! He will talk to you before hand andake sure the ceremony had a personal touch. So many times is the ceremony boring and un-fun, but with Steve, he makes it interesting, he brings everyone in and let's them feel comfortable. I can't imagine anyone else having done our wedding! He kept us calm and in the moment, reminded us to breath and take our time (which helped greatly!) He made it so special, so perfect! If you want it done right, Steve is the guy that'll do it! I can't recommend him enough! It's a day that you only get once, make it perfect! Than you so much Steve! It meant the world to us to have you there doing the ceremony! We couldn't have done it with anyone else! Thank you! (He's that good!) Read less
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Alfred
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Stephen took our special day to new heights! He was so gentle, kind, full of joy and laughter...he exudes a calming affect, yet always has that Irish twinkle ready to lighten the moment if needed. We feel very lucky to have had Stephen, with his grace, sense of spirit and ability to command a room.

This was our 2nd marriage and we worked hard to make it intimate, and inviting to close family and friends. We wanted the Spirit to be present, but not heavy on the doctrine.

It was a celebration for all of us, and Stephen before, during and after the ceremony seemed to sprinkle his wisdom and kind self among everyone. We were just saying the other day how much we loved our wedding, and how Stephen played such a big role in setting the tone.

Anyone would be blessed to have them be the officiant to their marriage!

Best,

Alfred and Nadine
Stephen took our special day to new heights! He was so gentle, kind, full of joy and laughter...he exudes a calming Read more...
Stephen took our special day to new heights! He was so gentle, kind, full of joy and laughter...he exudes a calming affect, yet always has that Irish twinkle ready to lighten the moment if needed. We feel very lucky to have had Stephen, with his grace, sense of spirit and ability to command a room.

This was our 2nd marriage and we worked hard to make it intimate, and inviting to close family and friends. We wanted the Spirit to be present, but not heavy on the doctrine.

It was a celebration for all of us, and Stephen before, during and after the ceremony seemed to sprinkle his wisdom and kind self among everyone. We were just saying the other day how much we loved our wedding, and how Stephen played such a big role in setting the tone.

Anyone would be blessed to have them be the officiant to their marriage!

Best,

Alfred and Nadine Read less
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Hope
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
We chose Steve as our officiant, as we are both Catholic, but a Catholic priest would not perform our wedding ceremony outside of our home church, and we were set on getting married at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. We spoke with Steve over the phone, and he was so warm, friendly, and genuinely interested in us and our families, that we were completely comfortable with having him officiate our wedding. He was very gracious, flexible, and put everyone at ease. He arrived the day prior to the wedding to perform the rehearsal. All of our guests commented on how friendly and personable he was. I am so happy that Steve agreed to be such an important part of the biggest day of our lives!
We chose Steve as our officiant, as we are both Catholic, but a Catholic priest would not perform our wedding ceremony Read more...
We chose Steve as our officiant, as we are both Catholic, but a Catholic priest would not perform our wedding ceremony outside of our home church, and we were set on getting married at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. We spoke with Steve over the phone, and he was so warm, friendly, and genuinely interested in us and our families, that we were completely comfortable with having him officiate our wedding. He was very gracious, flexible, and put everyone at ease. He arrived the day prior to the wedding to perform the rehearsal. All of our guests commented on how friendly and personable he was. I am so happy that Steve agreed to be such an important part of the biggest day of our lives! Read less
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daphne
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
I knew I found the right person to marry us as soon as I talked to Stephen Stahley on the phone! He is a very kind and sincere man. You can hear it in his voice. We met in person about a month out over lunch and he definitely made us feel very comfortable. He's very flexible and is very open to us telling him how we'd like the ceremony to be. Very easy to work with! He has done this for many years and is very well-versed in all aspects. He can make it secular or religious depending on your need. Our guests were asking us how we found him cos they liked how he conducted the ceremony. I highly recommend Stephen if you're looking for someone who truly cares about the bonds of matrimony!
I knew I found the right person to marry us as soon as I talked to Stephen Stahley on the phone! He is a very kind and Read more...
I knew I found the right person to marry us as soon as I talked to Stephen Stahley on the phone! He is a very kind and sincere man. You can hear it in his voice. We met in person about a month out over lunch and he definitely made us feel very comfortable. He's very flexible and is very open to us telling him how we'd like the ceremony to be. Very easy to work with! He has done this for many years and is very well-versed in all aspects. He can make it secular or religious depending on your need. Our guests were asking us how we found him cos they liked how he conducted the ceremony. I highly recommend Stephen if you're looking for someone who truly cares about the bonds of matrimony! Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Stephen was amazing throughout the whole wedding process. He met with us a few times and we kept in contact with us throughout the year through emails. The ceremony was perfect and his prayers and speeches were beautiful. I felt very comfortable speaking with him and sharing in our special day with him.
Rev. Stephen was amazing throughout the whole wedding process. He met with us a few times and we kept in contact with us Read more...
Rev. Stephen was amazing throughout the whole wedding process. He met with us a few times and we kept in contact with us throughout the year through emails. The ceremony was perfect and his prayers and speeches were beautiful. I felt very comfortable speaking with him and sharing in our special day with him. Read less
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Paul
Wedding:
3/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Steve helped make our wedding day a special and stress-free day. We had a very unorganized service (though through no fault of Steve) and he took every delay/change with a smile. He was able to guide us through a seamless service without any rehearsal. His prayers and words throughout the service added a personal touch that made it is easy to see that he enjoys his work and finds it very rewarding being able to be a part the wedding service. We would recommend Steve without hesitation to any couple looking for a thoughtful and professional person to officiate their wedding.
Steve helped make our wedding day a special and stress-free day. We had a very unorganized service (though through no Read more...
Steve helped make our wedding day a special and stress-free day. We had a very unorganized service (though through no fault of Steve) and he took every delay/change with a smile. He was able to guide us through a seamless service without any rehearsal. His prayers and words throughout the service added a personal touch that made it is easy to see that he enjoys his work and finds it very rewarding being able to be a part the wedding service. We would recommend Steve without hesitation to any couple looking for a thoughtful and professional person to officiate their wedding. Read less
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Chelsea
Wedding:
12/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Wow, where do I start? How do I even begin to give this incredible individual the review that he oh so deserves? Reverend Stahley truly made our wedding ceremony, wedding day, and process leading up to the wedding, more special than I could have ever imagined. He is such a warm, engaging individual, and has a way of making everyone around him feel extremely comfortable. His personality and his spirit are impeccable. Reverend Stahley is every great quality that exists. There is no one in this world that I would have rather had as my officiant. I feel so honored and privileged to have met Reverend Stahley. He has a heart of gold!
Wow, where do I start? How do I even begin to give this incredible individual the review that he oh so deserves? Reverend Read more...
Wow, where do I start? How do I even begin to give this incredible individual the review that he oh so deserves? Reverend Stahley truly made our wedding ceremony, wedding day, and process leading up to the wedding, more special than I could have ever imagined. He is such a warm, engaging individual, and has a way of making everyone around him feel extremely comfortable. His personality and his spirit are impeccable. Reverend Stahley is every great quality that exists. There is no one in this world that I would have rather had as my officiant. I feel so honored and privileged to have met Reverend Stahley. He has a heart of gold! Read less
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