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A Catholic priest and wedding officiant located in Manalapan, New Jersey, Father John Michael serves all faiths and works with those who do not affiliate themselves with a parish. Licensed in the states of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, Father John Michael officiates at the location of your choice while respecting your spiritual identity, wedding theme, and dreams.

Services Offered
Couples can request the officiant services of Father John Michael at any celebration, whether it is a civil union, non-religious, interfaith or single religion ceremony; rehearsal, or vow renewal. He also provides counseling and options to customize your vows, if desired. Father John Michael has experience officiating weddings of all faiths and cultural backgrounds, including non-denominational ceremonies and that of Catholic, Baptist, Evangelical, and Methodist religions. Other religions he serves include:

  • Catholic
  • Jewish
  • Episcopalian
  • Baptist
  • Lutheran
  • Orthodox
  • Christian
  • Presbyterian
  • Agnostic
  • Hindu

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Anglican
Baptist
Catholic
Earth-Based
Episcopalian
Evangelical
Hindu
Jewish
Lutheran
Methodist
No Denomination
Orthodox Christian
Presbyterian
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

30-60 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

NJ
NY
PA

What languages do you speak?

English
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Kimberly
Kimberly L. Married on 04/30/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A highlight for the ceremony and rehearsal

I was initially skeptical of whether or not we needed to do a rehearsal for the wedding but Father John made it all worth it. He was the highlight of the rehearsal and was shared valuable insights and tips for what we should do. His humor was amazing and helped us relax during moments of high stress. For the actual ceremony, he shared a booklet of pre-packaged readings, vows, blessings and unity ceremonies that we could pick from. From start to finish the entire process was super simple and enjoyable. Would recommend Father John 10/10!!
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Heather W. Married on 09/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

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Both Father John and Rabbi Tobin made our interfaith ceremony one to remember forever. They were a great team and they performed a beautiful ceremony.
Lisa
Lisa S. Married on 05/20/2023
5 out of 5 rating

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Reverend John Michael is the best!! He's organized, provided feedback, and made our ceremony memorable. He also has a wonderful sense of humor! Thank you for being an integral part of our special day! 鉂わ笍
Lisa & Marco
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Having worked with Father John Michael for the past 10 yrs I've seen the way he brings his compassion and caring to each couple. He provides guidance each step of the way so that no two ceremonies are alike. His sense of humor doesn't hurt either. The ATB Dream Team and I endorse and recommend Fr John Michael without reservation!

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Dear Concerned Brides to Be: We highly recommend Father John Michael, as your Wedding Officiant. Father John Michael is extremely professional, outstandingly caring, with excellent detail to your personalized Wedding Ceremony. He is incredibly energetic and totally commited to every Couple. These are the extremely important qualities, when planning your Ultimate Lifetime Event -- your Wedding Ceremony. Most Sincerely, Flutist Michele, Bridal Music

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We have worked with Father John for many years professionally and we recommend him to ALL of our brides in need of an Officiant! He is professional, punctual, well spoken, and very very funny. He delivers a phenomenal and eloquently spoken ceremony with just the right touch of humor! If you are looking for great ceremony we highly encourage you to give him a call!

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