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.
Recommended by 100% of couples
Kaitlyn · Married on 07/16/2016
Reverend Jim Rooney is truly a gem. My husband and I read many reviews and met with several officiants before deciding to have Jim marry us. He was one of the first people we booked along our journey towards THE BIG DAY! Jim took the time to sit with us and really listen. We met with him three times during the year leading up to our wedding, and each time, we walked away feeling as though we had just visited a friend. One of our favorite days during the CrAzInEsS of planning, amidst the stress, decision making, and chaos, was our retreat up in Beacon, New York, with Jim. He truly created such an amazing day for us in allowing it to be just about US; we ate, we hiked, we talked, and we even got to paint in his garden. Jim told us to paint something together that symbolized our relationship and our journey. After a few hours of talking, painting, and working together, my husband and I had created the most beautiful painting that encompasses so many details of our life and our relationship that have brought us and kept us together. That afternoon was a much needed escape. Jim really helped us recenter ourselves and focus on the most important part of our wedding: US. On our BIG DAY, the ceremony was beautiful. Many of our guests told us it was the most beautiful and meaningful ceremony they've ever attended. Even my grandfather, who is a devout catholic, expressed how remarkable and special the ceremony was. Thank you, Jim, for being a special part of our wedding planning process and our wedding ceremony!
Sean O · Married on 10/12/2018
Charisma, care and connection. He's the best.
Rev. Rooney officiated over the best wedding ceremony many of our guests said they had EVER attended. But what meant the most to my wife and I was his genuine interest in us, our lives, and our bond as a couple. Our video chats were as meaningful and heartfelt as they were productive. He's a fantastic person, a thoughtful spiritual adviser and a charismatic officiant. The best there is.
Lindsay · Married on 10/06/2018
The best officiant
From the moment we met him, we knew Jim was the perfect officiant for our wedding. We talked for an hour over Skype, while Jim asked about us. What we loved about each other. What our first, second, third date was like. How we got engaged. Some of the things that get lost along the way while wedding planning but are the most important. He took these things into consideration and really got to know us. Not because he had to, because he wanted to. So little of our conversations were business related. We were just chatting like friends. It is obvious that Jim loves his work and puts his entire heart into what he does. Our actual wedding ceremony had our family and friends both laughing and in tears. The rest of the night, everyone couldn't stop talking about special it was and how great Jim was. Prior to this, we didn't know Jim. But you would never know. He personalized our ceremony and made it fit us. He listened to our wants and followed through. He gave us his opinions and told us ways he thought our ideas could be better. All of these things made our ceremony unfortgettable and better than we imagined. Thank you so much Jim for providing a beautiful ceremony that we and our family/friends will never forget. You truly captured our love.
If you are considering Rev. Jim, don't look any further. It was one of the greatest wedding choices we made.
Work with Rev Jim Rooney is always such an honor. Witnessing and documenting his ceremonies are already a reminder of why we do what we do. He emphasizes the magnitude of what a wedding day means on the day and for the rest of their lives. We always learn about the couples he is marrying through his ceremony, and everyone feels the impact of the words and story.
I recommend Fr Jim as your officiant. Professional care at it's best!