Amid Priest Shortage, Vatican Gives Nun Permission To Conduct Catholic Wedding

Source: Huffington Post

By Carol Kuruvilla

With no men around to do the job, a nun recently stepped in to officiate at a Catholic wedding in Canada.


Sister Pierrette Thiffault performed the wedding on July 22 in Lorrainville, Quebec, after her local bishop obtained the permission of the Vatican, according to America magazine.


Thiffault is a member of the Sisters of Providence, a religious congregation of women. She’s worked in pastoral ministry for years, and has taught Catholic doctrine to students. She’s reportedly known the groom, identified as David, since he was in high school.


It was Thiffault’s first time conducting a Catholic marriage, La Stampa reported.

“It was a new experience for me,” Thiffault told the Catholic News Service. “It was good for the diocese. It was also an experiment for the Catholic Church.”

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