Visiting Clergy

If you have a priest or clergyman that you would like to be a part of your ceremony, please make arrangements with the parish priest with regarding this request. Also, please take note of the following information:

  1. Please clarify with our priests whether the visiting clergy will be doing your preparation work or if you will be doing the work through one of our parishes. This includes all paperwork, Baptismal certificates, Freedom to marry forms, and completion of a course of marriage preparation comparable to the requirements of the Diocese of St Petersburg. If you are unsure of any of the requirements, please contact the marriage ministries office for more details.
  2. A priest requesting to preside at your wedding who resides outside the Diocese of St Petersburg needs to present a “Testimonial for Suitability for Ministry” from his Bishop or religious superior to the Chancery Office of the Diocese of St Petersburg. This must be done before the priest can be given delegation to officiate at your wedding, this is also needed for Wedding ceremonies at the Abbey of St Leo. Delegation is needed from the Pastor of the parish for any priest or deacon wishing to celebrate a marriage at the Abbey Church.