Candle Ceremony

Joyce L. Gioia-Herman, MSTh.

MultiFaith Clergy

Performing over 50 unique weddings per year, mostly from referrals, Joyce Gioia specializes in providing couples with very spiritual, customized wedding ceremonies. Incorporating as much or as little religion as each couple dictates, she works with them to design and craft ceremonies that are a reflection of how they feel about God and each other.

Joyce performs all kinds of weddings, including Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Interfaith, Co-Officiated, Humanist, Native American, Civil, Buddhist, Moslem and any combination thereof. Her multicultural wedding ceremonies are often enhanced by her competency in other languages.

Joyce is dedicated to giving couples what they want. Instead of "off-the-shelf," "me-too" kinds of ceremonies, couples enjoy unique ceremonies, including heart-centered prayers, readings and exchanges that may even involve the families as well. She is known for her meaningful Candle Ceremonies - often included in the weddings.

Joyce often hears comments like, "You gave me the wedding of my dreams." and "You are responsible for the success of our wedding." and "That was the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen." Joyce is frequently recommended by some of the most outstanding locations in the New York metro area as well as elsewhere in the US.

In June of 1986, Joyce was ordained by The New Seminary, an ecumenical seminary located in New York City. In fact, she has earned two degrees from that institution--Master of Spiritual Counseling (MSC.) and Master of Spiritual Theology (MSTh.).

Joyce prefers to call herself multifaith clergy, as opposed to interfaith. Given the opportunity, she honors the religious backgrounds of the couples. That's why parents love Joyce's ceremonies. She finds unique ways to incorporate the languaging of the words within each religion, so that everyone feels comfortable and "taken care of" and no one is ever offended.

Joyce has been featured on local cable television and radio shows across the country, usually talking about one of her favorite subjects - Keeping the Love Alive, the subject of her audio tape series currently in production.

To schedule a Free Consultation, simply email or call Joyce at (336) 210-3548.

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