A Q&A with Rev. Bill

Why do you love wedding ceremonies?

Every time I perform a wedding ceremony, it’s a unique opportunity to tell your story, that special, personal journey that has brought you to this moment. Together we’ll create a wedding ceremony that truly becomes a memory that will last a lifetime.

"Christina and Dave Wedding"

A phenomenal wedding. Rev. Bill made the entire planning process ceremony stress-free and simple. He was so flexible and customized everything to our preferences. We received so many compliments about how wonderful our ceremony was.

Alison and Taylor
The Officers’ Club, Fort Belvoir, VA

Why do so many couple choose you?

I create beautiful wedding ceremonies that tell a couple’s story in a unique and highly-personalized way. Another reason couples choose me is that they want a ceremony reflecting a Catholic or faith tradition, but they want it outdoors, or at a venue other than in a church building. They also want a wedding ceremony that is open, inviting and joyful.

I look forward to hearing your story. Call or email me to discuss your wedding ideas and how I can help create a ceremony that reflects your individuality.

Bill – Thank you so much for the beautiful ceremony you crafted and performed for us. Our wedding day was magical and it is in large part to your thoughtful and insightful words. We are so grateful you agreed to be a part of our day! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Nia and Joe
Woodward Table, Washington, DC

Christy and Erik Wedding

Do you perform interfaith wedding ceremonies?

Of course. Supporting your current spiritual values is integral to the process. Whether you desire a Catholic wedding ceremony, an interfaith celebration or something uniquely your own, we’ll work together to bring your vision to life. It’s your wedding. I’ll make sure it’s your way.

Jenny and Vin Wedding

What I loved about working with Bill was that his response was always, this is YOUR ceremony and I want it to be what YOU want it to be. And…it was. The absolutely perfect ceremony that Angus and I wanted.

Maureen and Angus
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

What are your personal beliefs?

I believe that every person has a caring, warm, and generous nature which is a reflection of an all-accepting God. In my very depths, I believe in a living God who loves us beyond our wildest imagining. I embrace people of all faiths, as well as those with a spirituality of their own.

What’s your background?

Unlike many ceremony officiants, I didn’t just go online and get ordained. After 35 years as a Roman Catholic deacon, I was ordained a priest in the independent Catholic movement on November 19, 2011.  In no way am I connected with the Roman Catholic Church.

My ministry is centered at the Friar Mychal Judge Pastoral Center in Northern Virginia where I am a chaplain working with the sick and those at the end of life, their families and caregivers.  I have an active wedding ministry with Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings.

Bill was fantastic to work with. We chose him because of his religious background, as our families are Catholic, but needed someone who could perform a ceremony at the Hay-Adams without a problem of it not being a church.

Denise and Charlie
The Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington, DC

"April and Roger wedding"

What other qualifications do you have?

In addition, I am a university professor teaching courses in public health, healthcare administration, leadership and business management to master and doctoral students. I live in Arlington, Virginia with my spouse of 32 years and two wonderful shelter dogs. Life is very good.

Originally from New England, I have been in the Washington, DC area since 1987. I earned a Bachelor degree in Philosophy from St. John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora, NY, and a Master of Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, MD. In addition, I earned an MBA from Southeastern University in Washington, DC and a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Now that you’ve read a little about me, I want to hear more about you. Call or contact me to discuss your wedding and how I can help make your ceremony reflect your needs and desires, 703-475-2050.

Bill was fantastic to work with. From the start, he was easy to get a hold of and struck the perfect balance of getting after us when things needed to get done without being annoying at all. Everyone complimented us on the vows and readings he suggested and worked with us closely to perfect to our personal wants.

Hilary and Michael
St. Francis Hall, Washington, DC