Rev. Jim Rooney
Priest, Celebrant and Officiant.
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376 Breakneck Road
Beacon, NY 12508  | map
Services: Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious...
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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.



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There aren't enough words to express how happy we were with Jim Rooney as our officiant. I am still getting compliments several months later about how great he was! From the moment we met him on our first skype call, we knew he was the perfect officiant for us. He is passionate about what he does and so eloquent with his words and always reminded us the real reason we were getting married. I would highly recommend meeting with him in Beacon on a retreat. It's great because he gets to know you better as a couple to make the ceremony more personal, but also its a great time as a couple to take a step back, hike and swim in beautiful Beacon, and relax a bit before the wedding! (plus he cooked an amazing breakfast!)

The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and I still get chills thinking about it. It was so personal and special and romantic (and I'm not saying that just because it was ours haha) He really worked with us to make it "ours" but also brought a lot of his elements, got our friends and family involved, and even surprised us a bit :) It was perfect and he will work with you to get exactly the ceremony you want. The nice thing is Jim provides lots of example ceremonies, passages, poems, vows, etc etc to help guide you in making the perfect ceremony whether you want a religious or non-religious ceremony. Our was a perfect mix of Irish catholic, christian, and most importt US... Absolutely perfect.

The last thing I think that is important for a bride to know is Jim is super easy to get ahold of via email, phone,etc. He communicates great and there is no guessing game so you will never have to worry...

If we could get married again, we 100+% would use fact we have a couple friends that are hoping to have him officiate their wedding.

Wedding: 05/31/2014
Services Used: Officiant

Rev. Jim Rooney is a wedding Officiant from Beacon. We service weddings throughout the local area, including New York City, Westchester, and Hudson Valley. Rev. Jim Rooney is a professional wedding officiant that has been part of the New York wedding industry for 18 years. We specialize in Catholic, non denominational, Interfaith, religious, spiritual ceremonies.

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