Father R. Joseph Owles

Penns Grove, NJ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I am a trained professional. I have attended Seminary and have earned multiple academic degrees pertaining to ministry. I have worked on staff at various churches. I am ordained the old fashioned way, but completing a degree program, training, and being approved for ordination by a bishop who laid on hands. I know what I'm doing, I know why I'm doing it, and I do it well.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love that ministry allows me to be involved in peoples' lives during their big moments. I get to be involved in weddings, birth and baptism, and I am also able to minister to people at the end of their lives as well. I prefer the celebrations of the Sacraments of marriage and baptism, but celebrating a person's life and witnessing to the resurrection are also very important and powerful functions of ministry.

Location

Penns Grove, NJ 08069

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Reviews

2 Reviews
  • Kev B. Feb 5, 2013
    We had him do our wedding. It was AMAZING! I have been raised up catholic, when I found out the catholic church would not rlet us get married outside, I was heart broken. Then i found NAOCC The Very Reverend...Josheph Owles and everything changed! The ceremony was exactly what we wanted. Everything from the readings to the sermon was more than we could have ever dreamed about! I am so thankful for having him at our celebration. Can't wait to do more things with him and his ministry!
  • Dave B. Jun 24, 2010
    RJ did a great job at a friend's wedding last May, he did so well that there were two couples in attendance that asked him to do their weddings coming up later this year ! I was told "We are so happy you sent him our way" Dave Bryce Elkton, MD

Q&A

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I think a customer should examine a person's credentials and make certain they coincide with what they wish for their wedding, or other ministry or Sacrament. If a person wants something that feels somewhat traditional or religious or none of the above, they have to make sure the person they are asking to officiate understands what they want and are able to provide it. For instance, I would be unable to perform a purely secular ceremony. It wouldn't be authentic on my part. If a person wants a Catholic service, or a standard Christian service, or even just a traditional service, then he or she needs to find someone who has been trained to perform to those specifications. That being said, I also think that a level of rapport is necessary. It may be tempting to think that you are inviting some stranger to participate for a twenty minute service, so it doesn't matter much who that person is. But that is just not the case. You want to make sure that you are comfortable with the person long before the wedding or service takes place. You want to walk down the aisle knowing "I like this person. I trust this person. And I'm glad this person is a part of my wedding."