Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


The Lord bless you and keep you!

The Lord let his face shine upon you

and be gracious to you!

The Lord look upon you kindly

and give you peace!



VERSES 24-26

Table of Contents

                                    Welcome Letter

                                    Scheduling Your Wedding Ceremony         

                                    Planning the Ceremony                        


                                    Floral Displays                                   

                                    Directions and Parking                        

                           Marriage Preparation and Documents

                           Officiating Priest or Deacon

                           Music Guidelines

                           Additional Information

                           Contact Us

                           Final Checklist


Dear Friends of Fordham,

Congratulations on your engagement!  We are happy that you have chosen to celebrate your Catholic wedding at our landmark Fordham University Church.

The information contained in this booklet is designed to assist you in your marriage preparations. Since the University Church is not a parish church, wedding preparations are somewhat different from those in a traditional parish. The Rose Hill campus is located within the boundaries of the parish of Our Lady of Mercy on Marion Avenue, where your sacramental marriage will be registered.

Choosing to have your wedding at the University Church signifies that Fordham holds a special place in your heart. We want to help you in your plans to make your wedding as beautiful, memorable, and uncomplicated a celebration as possible. This will require your assurance to adhere to the guidelines in the booklet. We ask that you cooperate with us so that your family and friends may happily witness your deeply personal commitment to each other.

The Office of Campus Ministry at Rose Hill is the department at Fordham University that handles marriage arrangements for the University Church. For reservations and all other matters concerning marriages here, pleasecontact us at 718-817-4539 or by e-mail at

Ourbest wishes and prayers as you begin preparations for your Catholic marriage at the Fordham University Church, and may God bless you both at this important time in your life.

In the Lord,

The Rev. Philip A. Florio, S.J.

Assistant Vice President, Campus Ministry

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In keeping with the norms of the New York Archdiocese regarding where sacramentalmarriages may be celebrated, the Fordham University Churchis permitted, by exception, to celebrate weddings only “if one of the parties is a current student, graduate, staff or faculty member” of Fordham University (or Fordham Prep) and with the consent of the couple’s home parish(es). You must schedule your marriage with the Office of Campus Ministry. We recommend that this be done at least a year or more in advance of the proposed day Marriages are scheduled in the church on Saturdays and Sundays (not Fridays, due to rehearsals) around liturgical celebrations and other University events. Because of University needs, some weekend dates are not available. The following times are available:

          Saturdays: Noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
          Sundays: 2 p.m.

Marriages may not be scheduled on major holy days, particularly on Christmas or Easter, or during Holy Week. We are also unable to schedule marriage ceremonies during certain vacation periods.                           

Please call 718-817-4539 to schedule a date and time with Campus Ministry. Then obtain a reservation form on our website, Complete and attach a non-refundable deposit of $200 made payable to Campus Ministry and mail to:

           Fordham University
           Office of Campus Ministry
           441 E. Fordham Road
           Bronx, NY 10458

The date is confirmed when the non-refundable deposit of $200 and reservation form have been received by the Office of Campus Ministry within two weeks of initial scheduling of the wedding date and time. Once we receive your deposit and reservation form, a marriage packet containing all the necessary information to plan a wedding at the University Church will be sent to you and to the officiating priest or deacon.

Reservation Form

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We have included a booklet titled Together for Life to help you prepare for your wedding. Many couples have found this publication helpful, not only for planning the wedding liturgy, but also for preparing for their marriage itself. Please spend some time reviewing its contents and choosing the various prayers, readings, and blessings that best reflect your understanding of this important event in your lives. The UniversityChurch sacristan will prepare the church on the day of the wedding at the scheduled time. Normal items used for the wedding liturgy are provided by the church, but items such as floral decorations and aisle carpets are not provided. You must arrange for these items yourselves. For your information, the main aisle is 35 yards in length. There are 13pews from the altar to the break, and then 16 pews to the end of the church.


Weddings are expected to begin at their scheduled time. Two or three weddings may be scheduled for the same day and each wedding is allotted two hours for completion. If your wedding is scheduled for 2 p.m., the church should be clear and ready for your wedding at 1:30 p.m. The bride must be in place and ready to process down the aisle at 2 p.m. The wedding must be completed, including all photography and guests being outside the church, by 3:30 p.m. This allows the next wedding to start atits designated time. Please allow sufficient time to “get to the church on time.” New York traffic, as you know, is always problematic, so please remind your limousine driver, photographer, guests, and members of the wedding party to allow plenty of time to travel to Fordham.

A late fee has been instituted to remind couples of the importance of maintaining their schedule. We ask that a check for $100 be issued to the Office of Campus Ministry two months prior to the date of the wedding. It should be sent in with the balance of the wedding fee, but must be a separate check. If the bridal procession begins inside the church at its scheduled time, this check will be voided. If the wedding begins more than 10 minutes after its scheduled time, we will have to deposit the late fee. To be clear, the procession must start down the aisle at the scheduled time. Additionally, if the wedding is much later, the check will be deposited and the wedding may have to be shortened to accommodate the next scheduled wedding or liturgy. Please begin at your scheduled time, and be considerate of your guests, your officiant, and our staff, and most importantly, other wedding parties.

Above all, remember that the University Church is a place of worship. We ask that you respect its sacred space.

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Professional photographers should be as inconspicuous as possible throughout the ceremony.Video- taping that requires additional lighting or wiring is not permitted. In most cases, the ordinary light of the church should suffice. Photographers using extra lighting will be asked to remove the equipment. Photographers are not allowed in the sanctuary behind the altar, or on the steps or choir loft. No photographers, professional or amateur, will be permitted to interrupt or delay any part of the ceremony, nor will they be allowed to delay preparations for a subsequent ceremony.

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Floral arrangements and other appointments must work around the furnishings of the University Church. Church furnishings and liturgical decorations are not to be moved. All arrangements for your marriage ceremony must be set one half hour before your ceremony. Such arrangements might include bouquets of flowers, bows for center aisle benches, a runner for the procession, or a “unity candle” on the altar (all provided by you). Torches are not allowed. The University Church is a designated New York City landmark, and as such, we must take special precautions.

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A map with detailed directions on how to reach Fordham’s Rose Hill campus and the University Church will be included in the wedding packet sent from this office. You will need to make additional copies for your guests. We are not able to make copies. Directions may also be obtained from our website,


The Fordham University Church is not a parish. We do not have a dedicated parking lot adjacent to our church. For both the rehearsal and wedding itself, the security guards at Fordham’s main entrance (off Southern Boulevard, opposite the New York Botanical Garden, GPS address: 2691 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458) will have the bride and groom’s names and will inform your wedding party and guests of the parking arrangements. There is no additional cost for guests to park on campus. Guest parking will be determined that day. In the case of a University event, instructions on parking will be given to you prior to the wedding date. The bride’s limousine will park in front of Martyrs’ Court so that she may walk up the main pathway to the front of the church. Should your guestsneed to park in the main parking garage near the Southern Boulevard entrance, assistance will be provided for persons with mobility issues. Please ask the security guard to call a car to transport any physically challenged guest. Every effort will be made to ensure guest parking for your wedding at University Church is as convenient as possible. Before you hire any buses for your guests, you must speak with Public Safety and Security to ensure the buses can be accommodated (718-817-4080). It is incumbent upon you to review these guidelines, as you will be expected to adhere to them fully.

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Couples should come prepared and on time for the marriage rehearsal, bringing along the readers, gift- bearers, ushers, and anyone else involved in the marriage ceremony. The organist and musicians do not attend wedding rehearsals. The marriage license obtained from the state of New York (obtained within 60 days of the wedding) must also be brought to the rehearsal. You may bring the programs, unity candle, or other items for the ceremony as well and we will lock them in the safe overnight. Rehearsals are usuallyscheduled on the Thursday or Friday before the wedding date at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., or 7 p.m. You may make arrangements for the rehearsal time when you book your wedding or soon thereafter. The time is booked in the order received. A trained student marriage minister will conduct the rehearsal for your wedding party and direct all proceedings on your wedding day. Please respect the authority of the University Church staff and follow these directions. If you have a wedding planner please have them contact us two months prior to the ceremony. It is best if all members of your wedding party and the officiant performing your marriage attend so that all will be comfortable with their respective roles. Make sure to bring your civil marriage license with you to the rehearsal.

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MARRIAGE PREPARATION                            

All Roman Catholics being married in the University Church are required to follow the regulations of the Archdiocese of New York regarding marriage. Like the other sacraments of the Church, marriage requires special preparation. Since the University Church is not a parish, your own pastor, or the priest or deacon officiating at your marriage, must assist you in making the appropriate preparations for your marriage. The following is required:

       • You must schedule your marriage at least six months
  (preferably one year) in advance of the   proposed date.

       • You must arrange for a priest or deacon to preside at
  your marriage since we are not a parish (Fordham
  University does not recommend or supply priests).

       • Contact the parish of the bride (or the parish of the
  groom if the bride is not Roman Catholic) and obtain
  permission for the wedding to take place at Fordham
  University by having the pastor complete the
  “Permission to Marry” form included in your packet.

       • Complete all documents (see below) required for a
  Roman Catholic marriage. This is to be done with the
  assistance of the priest or deacon who is to officiate at
  your wedding.

       • Complete a marriage preparation program, e.g.,
  Pre-Cana Conference, Pre-Marriage Preparation,
  Engaged Encounter, etc. A list of such programs offered
  by the Archdiocese of New York can be found on their
  website (, but you may choose to
  attend any authorized program in another city or diocese
  according to your convenience. However, you must
  obtain a certificate of participation and send it to the
  Office of Campus Ministry. All of these documents
  must be submitted to our office at least two months
  before the scheduled date of your marriage.


The Archdiocese of New York requires the following in order to have a Roman Catholic marriage  at the Fordham University Church. You are responsible for obtaining the documents. Each, with the exception of the civil marriage license, must be completed and returned to the Office of Campus Ministry at least two months before the scheduled date of the ceremony. Even if the priest or deacon who is to officiate at your wedding is the one who helps you prepare and assemble these documents, he must send them to our office at least two months prior to the wedding, as we must insure that the marriage may be performed.

       • An updated Baptismal Certificate for both the bride and
  groom. This certificate must be secured not more than
  six months prior to the wedding and can be obtained by
  calling or writing the parish of your baptism. It must be
  stamped with the seal of the parish and dated within six
  months of the wedding. If you are a baptized non- 
  Catholic and a certificate can be obtained, please do so.

       • Catholics must obtain updated First Communion and
  Confirmation data from the parish where the sacraments
  were celebrated which show the date of reception of
  these sacraments. They are required for marriage at our
  church. The date must be on Church stationery and
  stamped with the seal of the parish.

       • If there has been a previous marriage, a death certificate
  or a “Declaration of Nullity” must be obtained.

       • If either of you is under 21 years of age, a letter from a
  pastor, parentor other relative stating that you are “free
  to marry” must be obtained.

      • A letter from the bride’s pastor (or, if the bride isnot
 Roman Catholic, from the groom’s pastor) giving
 permission for the wedding to take place at the
 Fordham University Church. A “Permission to Marry”
 form has been included in this packet.

       • A civil marriage license, which should be brought to the
  rehearsal. The marriage license must be obtained from
  the State of New York within 60 days prior to the

       • A Pre-Nuptial Investigation form completed by the
  priest or deacon officiating at the marriage or by your
  parish priest. We will send this form to the officiating
  priest or deacon. This form must be returned to the
  Office of Campus Ministry when completed, but no
  later than two months before the date of the marriage.

       • A certificate, or its copy, stating that you both have
  attended a marriage preparation program. Participation
  in such a program is required, and information
  concerning program availability within the Archdiocese
  of New York can be obtained directly from the
  Archdiocese of New York by calling 212-371-1000
  or through their website at

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Each marriage is unique. Some marriages may require additional attention by the engaged couple and whoever is preparing both parties to celebrate this sacrament. We strongly recommend that you contact your pastor, or the priest or deacon who is to officiate at your wedding, as soon as possible to discuss with him your plans for marriage. It is the sole responsibility of this priest or deacon to assist you in gathering the required documents and to assume other responsibilities as well. Besides helping you to complete the Pre-Nuptial Investigation form provided by the Office of Campus Ministry, if he is also to officiate at your wedding, he should:

      • Obtain and complete, in case of a planned marriage of
 mixed religion, a dispensation form or, if you require
 additional information regarding annulments, the
 necessary dispensations from:

             Marriage Tribunal
             Archdiocese of New York
             1011 First Avenue   
             New York, NY 10002

             Telephone: 212-371-1000      

  Please notify our office in advance if any of these conditions apply.

• Obtain civil registration to conduct a wedding in the City
  of New York. This is extremely important. The easiest
  way to register is through the Chancery Office, which
  can be reached at the same address or phone number
  as the Marriage Tribunal. If the officiant has previously
  conducted a wedding in the City of New York, he
  should already be registered.

       • Assist you both in planning the marriage liturgy, using the
  booklet Together for Life (Champlin), which is
  supplied by the Office of Campus Ministry.

       • Assist you in completing the Pre-Nuptial Investigation
  form (Campus Ministry will send the form to the priest    
  or deacon).

       • Obtain delegation from the pastor of Our Lady of
  Mercy, which is Fordham University’sparish. A letter to
  the Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy is included in the
  officiant’s packet. Please address correspondence to:

             Our Lady of Mercy Church
             2496 Marion Avenue
             Bronx, NY 10458

             Telephone: 718-933-4400

The pastor will contact the officiant directly to grant delegation.

       • Attend the wedding rehearsal. While Fordham’s
 marriage minister will conduct the rehearsal, the
 presence of the officiant helps to ensure a trouble-free
 ceremony at the actual wedding.

       • Complete and sign the civil marriage license on the day
  of the wedding. The completed license will be mailed to
  the City Clerk’s Office by the Office of Campus
  Ministry after making copies for our files. The Office of
  Campus Ministry will also register the marriage at Our
  Lady of Mercy parish andsend the couple a marriage
  certificate. All documents will be filed at Our Lady of
  Mercy. If information is needed in the future, please
  contact Our Lady of Mercy directly.

A copy of the booklet Weddings at the University Church will also be sent to the priest or deacon whom you have asked to be the officiant at your marriage.

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It is the Officeof Campus Ministry’s intent to provide you with music that is beautiful, spiritually uplifting, liturgically appropriate, and upholds the integrity and quality of liturgical music at Fordham University Church. Please keep this in mind as you plan your ceremony.

Wedding Music Night Information


Robert Minotti, director of music at Fordham University Church,  is your primary contact regarding music for your wedding. Please contact him before you contact any other musicians or make any definite music selections.

Please contact the music office to make an appointment to attend either a wedding music night, held periodically throughout the year or an individual appointment with the director of music. Please be sure to bring this brochure with you to the meeting. You can contact Mr. Minotti at 718-817-4504 or via e-mail at Contact Mr. Minotti about four months prior to your wedding.


To ensure that the music at your wedding is of the highest possible quality there are several regulations we ask you to follow:


Guest organists are not allowed. In general, the director of music serves as organist for weddings at Fordham University Church. In the event that he is unable to serve at your wedding, a qualified and University-approved substitute will be provided to replace him.


Cantors and instrumentalists listed in this brochure are the designated musicians for weddings at Fordham University Church. Guest musicians are permitted to add solos at the Prelude, the Preparation of Gifts, and at Communion.

However, these musicians must:

       • be trained and experienced musicians comfortable
  performing in public.

       • be able to arrive one hour prior to the ceremony with
  any solos prepared and comfortable with only a brief
  rehearsal. That is the only rehearsal time available
  for the guest musician and the organist.

       • be able to provide the organist with a copy of any solos
  in the key to be performed.

Please note that if you choose to use a guest musician(s), an additional $100 will be added to the organist’s fee. The organist and musicians do not attend wedding rehearsals.


As stated throughout this brochure, your wedding is expected to start on time. Prelude music will begin 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time of your ceremony. Please note that the organist is not responsible to continue prelude music after the scheduled start of the ceremony.


All musicians must be paid prior to the start of the ceremony. All fees are made payable to the individual in the form of cash or check and are due at the Office of Campus Ministry no later than one month before the wedding.


Your wedding is a liturgy of the church; therefore, all musical texts must be sacred. Texts should be drawn from scripture or have religious themes. Certain parts for the Wedding Mass should be sung; particularly, the Psalm after the First Reading, Acclamation before the Gospel, and the Eucharistic Prayer Acclamations. Cantors are available to help encourage your guests to participate in this music.


Please note that you are required to contact any musicians you wish to have at your ceremony.

Robert Minotti

VOCALIST ($200)                     
Elizabeth Farnum                     


William Mulligan

VOCALISTS ($160)                                           
Christina Angelopoulo                  


Karen Jendras                             


Allyson Schettino

Richard Ardito

TRUMPET ($260)
James Hamlin 

FLUTE ($230)
Theresa Norris

FLUTE ($160)
Michelle Murphy

VIOLIN ($180)
Dan Bartfield

Arrangements for harp, violin, or string quartet are also available. Contact the director of music for more information.

During the academic year the University Liturgical Choir is available for weddings. The fee is a donation of $400 to their budget. (This fee does not include fees for any soloists or instrumentalists.)

* Musicians’ fees are subject to change. Please check
  with Mr. Minotti.


Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach
Arioso, Bach
Air from Water Music, Handel
Canon in D major, Pachelbel
Air on the G String, Bach
Trumpet Voluntary, Stanley


Canon in D Major, Pachelbel
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
, Bach
Trumpet Voluntary
, Clarke
, Campra
Prelude from Te Deum
, Charpentier

89   “Forever I will sing, the goodness of the Lord”
34   “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord”
33    “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord”
103  “The Lord is kind and merciful”
118   “This is the day the Lord has made”

Celtic Alleluia
, O’Carroll

The Call, R.V. Williams
The Gift of Love
, arranged by Hopson
Lord of All Hopefulness
, Gaelic Melody

May Love Be Ours
, Joncas
Wherever You Go
, Norbet
I Have Loved You
, Joncas

(Sanctus, Memorial Acclamation, Amen)

Community Mass
, Proulx
Mass of Creation
, Haugen

One Bread, One Body, Foley, S.J.
Gift of Finest Wheat
, Westendorf
Panis Angelicus (solo)
, Franck
Taste and See
, Willcock, S.J.

Ave Maria, Schubert
Ave Maria
, Bach/Gounod

Allegro Maestoso, from Water Music, Handel
, Mouret
Trumpet Tune
, Purcell
Hymnto Joy
, Beethoven
La Rejouissance,
from Fireworks Suite, Handel
from Te Deum, Charpentier
, Campra
Toccata from Symphony V
, Widor

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We provide a sacristan and marriage minister for your ceremony, but you are responsible for any monetary stipends provided to other persons, including the priest. Please be courteous, prepare their stipends ahead of time, and perhaps distribute the stipends before the ceremony so that they will not be forgotten.

Catholic marriages, duly recorded with all pertinent documents, will be formally registered at Our Lady of Mercy parish. In the future, if you should require any documentation regarding your wedding, please contact the parish directly.

            Our Lady of Mercy Church
            2496 Marion Avenue
            Bronx, NY 10458

            Telephone: 718-933-4400

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To schedule your wedding or for any additional questions regarding your wedding, please contact us at:

Father Mark Zittle, O.Carm., Wedding Coordinator   
Phone: 718-817-4539

Robert Minotti, Director of Music
Phone: 718-817-4504

            Fordham University
            Office of Campus Ministry
            441 East Fordham Road
            Bronx, NY 10458
            McGinley Center, Room 102
            Phone: 718-817-4501

            University Church
            Phone: 718-817-3215

If you need to contact us on the day of the wedding, please call the University Church Sacristy at 718-817-3215. The Office of Campus Ministry is closed on the weekend.

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1. Book wedding date at least 6 months in advance at
    Campus Ministry, 718-817-4539.

2. Mail in $200 deposit to confirm date along with the
    reservation form.

3. Contact the director of music at least four months in
    advance, 718-817-4504.

4. Mail in all required documents, balance of fee, and
    $100 late fee at least two months before the wedding.

5. Mail in all musician payments one month in advance.

6. Attend rehearsal and wedding at scheduled time.

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