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Father R. Joseph Owles


Father R. Joseph Owles...

Is a priest in the Old Catholic Church.

Served as the Theologian to the Presiding Bishop of The North American Old Catholic Church.

Served as a Chaplain in the University of Louisville Hospital for CPE in 1995.

Served as the Director of Education and Youth at Anchorage Presbyterian Church.

Founded and head pastor of the Kingdom of God Catholic Church.

Worked for the headquarters of the PC(USA) serving as the Coordinator for their focus The Year With Education.

Awarded the Alan M. Jackson Preaching Award upon completion of M.Div. Degree

Is very ecumenical and comfortable with all faiths and people.

Is a College Professor of History, Political Science, Psychology, Comparative Religions, Philosophy, World Literature, and Writing.

Worked teaching students ranging from preschool through college.

As a student, assisted a professor with various graduate level courses including Introduction to New Testament Greek; Introduction to the New Testament; and Greek Exegesis

Will one day be considered a Saint in the Church, so you may as well get used to calling him one now

(that was a joke--sort of. hahaha!)

Father R. Joseph Owles seeks to serve the Invisible God by serving those who are made in His image. He is committed to living as a disciple of Jesus Christ. He practices the Spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola as a "Contemplative in Action" who seeks to find God in all things. He also seeks to live the Sermon on the Mount as if it is the instruction manual for disciples of Jesus Christ. He is an author, poet, public speaker, teacher, historian, theologian, New Testament Scholar, theologian, and priest.

He translated the New Testament from Koine Greek into common idiomatic English, which is published under the title The Peace Treaty: A New Translation of the New Testament for a New Millennium, which can be found at:
and Amazon.com, and other retailers.

He also has rendered the Tao Te Ching into English in The Process of Power: Lao Tzu's Guide to Success, Politics, Governance, and Leadership, which can be found at:
as well as Amazon and other outlets.

Has been published many times over in various literary journals and magazines such as The Bitter Oleander; Westview; Poetrymagazine.com, Earthworm, Women in Cumberland County, Women in Atlantic County, and other.

What religious affiliations do you serve?
Christian (no denomination), Christian - Catholic

Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?


Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?

Yes. I Officiate your wedding "On-Site," such as Banquet Hall or Restaurants, Garden or Park settings, your home, or other place of your choice.

What is your attire for the ceremony?

I wear vestments--an alb, stole and a chasuble.

Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?

Very flexible, but as a Christian priest, it will have a modicum of Christian language.

Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?

Yes. It's your special day.

Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?

I have a choice of Bible passages to choose from.

How long are your ceremonies?

It depends on what the couple wants. A basic ceremony of liturgy and vows runs about fifteen minutes. A ceremony that includes Bible passages and sermon runs around twenty-five minutes. A full Catholic Mass runs around forty-five minutes to an hour depending on what the couple wants to add in terms of music and other elements.

Do you require that premarital counseling be done?

No. I do like to talk with the couple before the wedding to find out exactly what they are looking for and to finalize details.

Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?


Do you supply a sound system?



What are the ceremony choices and fees?

My usual fee is $250 for a standard service. There will be an additional fee for the rehearsal. Traveling is also expensive these days, and I often travel great distances by car, so travel and other expenses such as tolls may be added.

Note: I am willing to work with the couple for a ceremony and fee that fits their desires and budget.

As a Catholic Priest, will you marry someone who was previously married?

Yes. While we believe in the sanctity of marriage, we also understand that some marriages end in divorce. However, we also believe in the mercy of Christ. Therefore, we will gladly marry any who has been previously married, provided they are "Legally" divorced.


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