Father David St. John
The Very Reverend Father David Adams St. John, O.SS.T. has maintained a Las Vegas wedding ministry for over ten years.
As an ordained priest (and licensed wedding officiate in the State of Nevada), Father David officiates at Catholic weddings and Christian weddings primarily at St. Jude's Chapel of the Holy Family. Other select locations are possible upon request. Father David would be honored to help you celebrate your Las Vegas Catholic wedding.
Father David has celebrated weddings in a few locations, including Bellagio; The Mirage; The Four Seasons; Red Rock Country Club; Spanish Trails; Angel Park; and at the Lake Las Vegas Yacht and Beach Club - among others.
For church weddings at St. Jude's, visit the page dedicated to St. Jude's Chapel of the Holy Family .
Fully Catholic . . .
Father David is retired from parish ministry, having pastored a church for many years. He is now involved in education, serving as the Chancellor and Director of Vocations in his Catholic jurisdiction. Elevated to the position of Arch Priest (equivalent to Monsignor) in 2006, Father David is an Independent Catholic priest of the Old Catholic Marianists, and a brother in the Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos - a self-governing religious community and independent autocephalous jursidiction of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church in the Old Catholic faith tradition. His ministry, though having the same faith and sacraments, is totally separate from the Roman Catholic Church. He is ordained in Apostolic succession. All Catholic marriages celebrated by Father David, whether Full Nuptial Masses or shorter Catholic marriage ceremonies are valid and sacramental (for further details, read the FAQ Section which appears lower on this page).
A bride and groom can have a Catholic wedding:
- Even if you have been previously married and divorced - without an annulment
- Even if you want to celebrate your wedding at a special location (pending approval)
- Even if you both don't share a Catholic faith tradition
- Even if restrictions placed on you by the Roman church don't agree with your personal needs or beliefs
Because Father David St. John is an Independent Catholic priest, he is able to apply more flexible marriage canons and less restrictive marriage guidelines. He offers an alternative for brides and grooms who would otherwise be compelled to settle for a ceremony that would not be in accord with their Catholic faith tradition.
Due to his very busy schedule, Father David's calendar fills very quickly. However, as he believes so deeply in the Sacrament of Marriage, he would be happy to discuss your marriage plans and the possibility of his being able to celebrate your wedding ceremony.
Whether or not you choose Father David to celebrate your Catholic wedding, please - when you are told you can have a Catholic wedding in Las Vegas - be certain that the person officiating is, indeed, a legally ordained priest, in Apostolic succession, with an active parish and full faculties. The Sacrament of Marriage is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic faith and, as such, is one of the tenets of our belief. Unfortunately, some Catholic weddings offered by others are "Catholic STYLE" weddings - officiated by non-Catholic wedding ministers - and are not sacramental in character.
Father David St. John is an ordained Catholic priest (in Apostolic succession) within the Independent Old Catholic tradition, which is made up of churches and orders full of Christians who believe and practice the Apostolic Catholic faith of the ancient, undivided Church. Many Independent Catholic Churches, including the Old Catholic Marianists, have the same heritage, celebrate the same sacraments, and practice the same faith as the Roman Church.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Is this a valid Catholic marriage? Yes. Regardless of where Fr. David celebrates your marriage (in church, in a proper chapel, in a garden, or even in the Grand Canyon), this is a valid, sacramental, Catholic marriage.
2. Is it recognized the Roman Church? Probably not. However, there is some disagreement about this. There are many Roman priests who have no problems with marriages celebrated by Father David, even though he is not in the Roman church. Father David has married couples, from most states and many foreign countries (including Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada, Australia, France, and Italy), with the full blessings of their home parish or diocese. If you have any questions or concerns regarding how your home parish will accept this marriage - and whether or not they will have any further requirements - you should consult with your home parish priest.
"Thank you, Father, for the absolutely beautiful ceremony
Kevin and Stacy - Lima, Ohio