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"A wedding is one day. A marriage is forever."
Your wedding ceremony must be celebrated in accord with the norms of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the policies of the Immaculate Conception Chapel. While the requirements for marriage preparation are fairly standardized, they can differ slightly from one diocese to another.
Thank you for your interest in celebrating your wedding in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at Saint Francis University. Weddings will be permitted to the following:
The only exception to this rule wouldbe at the request of the pastor of the Basilica of St. Michael, Loretto.
Since SaintFrancis University is not a parish, it is important to understand that we areunable to offer various services that parishes normally do, such as:
For thisreason, if you wish to celebrate your wedding at Saint Francis University, youwill need to secure a priest who will be responsible for the marriagepreparation, rehearsal and wedding ceremony. If this is agreeable with you, please fill out the enclosed paperworkand return it to Campus Ministry. Thedate you request may be reserved for you once the enclosed paperwork and $100deposit has been received and once you have secured a priest to perform thewedding. Dates are on a first come firstserve basis so it is necessary that you return the information as soon aspossible.
The cost ofusing the Chapel is $550--$100 depositwhen you reserve your date and the remainder $450 one month prior to yourwedding. This allows you the use ofthe Chapel for a rehearsal and a wedding. Time in the Chapel may be limited due to otherevents also scheduled in the Chapel. This fee will also provide a Sacristan whowill be available for both the rehearsal and the wedding and also pay for thefees that are paid to the Basilica of Saint Michael.
Should thepriest have any questions they may contact the Basilica of St. Michaels inLoretto 814-472-8551. The Basilica ofSt. Michael is where the marriage paperwork for any wedding taking place in theImmaculate Conception Chapel will be filed.
Instructionsfor wedding photographers, Garden rental (Through the Franciscan Friars) andwedding florists have been included here. However, you will need to check with the priest performing the wedding forany additional instructions.
You areresponsible for making sure the Chapel is in the same condition as when youarrived. All trash, programs anddecorations must be removed; anything left will be disposed of. You may leave flowers that decorate the altarif you wish.
**Marriage licenses must be from Pennsylvania and must not be older than 60 days. The following is the contact information for the Cambria County Courthouse:
Cambria County CourthouseRegister & Clerk of Orphans' Court200 South Center StreetEbensburg, PA 15931814.472.5440, ext. 2439:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - FClosed for holidays.
Saint Francis University117 Evergreen DriveP.O. Box 600Loretto, PA 15940