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Our Catholic Priests can perform all the rites of the church without being bound by the rules from Rome. They can perform ceremonies at any location in So Cal. No classes or retreats are required.
 
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    rogil2014: "My husband and I were looking for a Catholic Priest to perform our wedding ceremony and didn't know where to look. Fortunately a representative from Great Officiants was at a bridal show we attended. After an initial phone call, Alan immediately got in touch with us. It was a pleasure working with him. From the beginning he was available to answer all of our questions and guide us through all our planning. Every e-mail was answered in a timely manner. On our wedding day, the sermon was very lovely and heartwarming. I would definitely recommend Great Officiants to other couples."
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FATHER GEOFF

Favorite Quote: “Some people cause happiness wherever they go, others cause happiness whenever they go.” —Oscar Wilde

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Coconut

Soundtrack to your life: Let it be  -The Beatles

Favorite Disney Movie: Fantasia

Favorite Event Memory:  Jackie (bride) emotionally overwhelmed by the fact that Adam (groom) had memorized his vows.

Your Nickname: Rock

Father Geoff Farrow received a Bachelor of Philosophy Degree from Saint John’s College in 1981. He received a Masters of Divinity degree from St. John's Seminary and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in June of 1985. He conducted services in both English and Spanish and his pastoral experience includes:
Parochial Vicar, Catholic Churches of Merced, Merced, CA
Parochial Vicar, St. Francis Church, Bakersfield, CA
Parochial Vicar, St. Mary’s Church, Visalia, CA
Chaplain in the US Air Force Reserve
Pastor, St. Thomas Church, Arvin, CA
Pastor, Holy Family Church, Visalia, CA
Pastor, St. Paul’s Newman Center, California State University Fresno
 
While serving in the United States Air Force, he was awarded the National Defense Medal. The California State Assembly passed a Resolution honoring Father Geoff for his work in Civil Rights. Father Geoff has extensive experience in performing traditional Catholic weddings, his training and experience as an Air Force Chaplin enables him to offer services to people of all faiths. 

 

Father Geoff travels throughout So Cal to do ceremonies.

 

Father Brian

FATHER BRIAN

Bishop Delvaux completed twenty years of Catholic education in the Los Angeles area before his ordination to the priesthood by Cardinal Timothy Manning on May 25,1974. He earned his M.Div. degree at St. John Seminary in Camarillo, California.
 
Bishop Delvaux served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as Associate pastor at two Roman Catholic parishes, St. John Fisher Church in Rancho Palos Verdes and St. Patrick Church in North Hollywood. He completed additional graduate courses in counseling at California State University, Long Beach.
He is based in Lakewood.

 

FATHER MIKE

Favorite Quote: “No problem can be solved by the same consviousness that caused it.” —Albert Einstein

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: French Silk

Soundtrack to your life: Braveheart

Favorite Disney Movie: Inside Out

Favorite Event Memory:  Father of the Bride singing the processional music

Your Nickname: Father Love

Father Mike began his preparation for the priesthood at the minor seminary of the Congregation of the Mission, the religious community founded by St. Vincent de Paul. He continued his studies in philosophy and theology and was ordained a priest in Lemont, Illinois. Father Mike also studied Music at DePaul University in Chicago and continued graduate studies at the University of Southern California for his education in Musicology and Speech Communication.
 
Father Mike's parochial experience in the Roman Catholic Church includes ministry at Miraculous Medal Church (Montebello, CA), St. Pius X Church (Santa Fe Springs, CA), St. Charles (North Hollywood) and St. Catherine's Church (Laguna Beach, CA). Father Mike began his pastoral ministry in the American Catholic Church at St. Matthew Church (Orange, CA) in 1991.
 
 
He is based in the San Fernando Valley

 

 

DEACON GARY

Deacon Gary is a California native, graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Criminal Justice. He was a serious baseball player and received an invitation to tryouts with the Dodger organization. Military service interrupted his ambition in sports and he served in Vietnam with the Marine Corps.
 
After his military service he continued serving the local community in the Sheriff's Department and retired as a detective having received two medals for bravery.
Gary and his wife began attending Good Shepherd Church in 2001 because of the family atmosphere within the church and the enthusiasm they felt from the clergy.
 
Continuing his call to service, Gary was ordained a Permanent Deacon and celebrates many weddings. In addition to Eucharistic and Liturgical participation, preaching on a regular basis, and celebrating weddings, Deacon Gary performs many of the administrative and strategic functions that allow our Wedding Ministry outreach to flourish.
 

He is based in Lakewood.

 

FATHER JACOB

Favorite Quote: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” —Justice Anthony Kennedy

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip

Soundtrack to your life: The Mission- soundtrack to the film The Mission

Favorite Disney Movie: Aladdin

Favorite Event Memory:  The first time i heard face to face confessions, when I looked at each person's face as they heard the words of absolution and I told them how much God loves them.

Your Nickname: 300 (because of my beard)

In addition to his work in spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, social justice, and sacramental ministry, Father Jacob is currently completing graduate level studies in Marriage and Family Therapy, or as he calls it: The art, science, and spirit of love.
 
He interested in the intersection of spirituality and psychology--particularly how God speaks to us through our emotions. Father Jacob has a progressive theology and focuses his ministry on those who have been hurt or rejected by the institutional church.
 
As an American Catholic priest with full ministerial faculties and in good standing, he feels blessed to administer the sacraments and spiritual direction to those unwelcome in the Roman Catholic Church because they are divorced, LGBT, in cohabitant relationships, or have progressive theologies or politics.
 
Father Jacob is a native English speaker and also speaks fluent Portuguese and some Spanish because of the time he spent on mission and studying in Latin America. He is currently the Vicar for Social Justice of the American Orthodox Catholic Church which grants his ministerial faculties.
Father Jacob attended Gonzaga University, the Graduate Theological Union, and John F. Kennedy University.
 
He is based in San Diego.

 

FATHER DON GRASHA

Father Donald Francis Grasha is the son of Frank and Margie Grasha, and was born in Cleveland, Ohio. The family relocated to North Hollywood, California in 1963, and Donald attended St. Patrick’s Grammar School.
 
Donald graduated St. John’s College with a B.A. in liberal arts in 1979. He began his studies at St. John Theological Seminary in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Timothy Manning at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral on June 16, 1984.
 
Donald has served as an assistant pastor in several parishes in the Los Angeles Archdiocese including: Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey, Our Lady of Lourdes in Tujunga, Santa Teresita in Duarte, Sacred Heart Church in Ventura, and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Lomita.
 
He was the Pastor of St. Luke’s Church in Temple City for 10 years.
 
His 25 years of pastoral ministry included meeting with couples for marriage preparation.
 
He enjoys meeting couples and the energy and enthusiasm that they bring to each other. Father Donald has also been Pastoral Care Director of Santa Teresita Hospital in Duarte and has worked with inmates as a chaplain at the North County Correctional Facility in Valencia.
 
Father Donald has many hobbies. He has participated and completed eight marathons, is an avid sports fan and bleeds Dodger blue!
 
He is a certified addiction counselor and finds it rewarding assisting people in their journey through recovery as they embrace hope for the future and connect with their loved ones in sobriety. Like his father, Donald plays in a Croatian band playing ethnic folk music with a local group in the Los Angeles area.
 
Donald and his wife, Rosie reside in Northridge, CA. 

 

 

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