Convalidation

Is convalidation just a blessing of our existing union?

No, convalidation requires that a new, free act of consent be made.  In order for a valid Catholic marriage to come about, both parties must be capable of marrying, give their free consent, and follow canonical form.

  • To be capable of marriage, both parties must be emotionally mature, psychologically stable, physically capable, and free from all impediments.  The priest will help you determine if there are any impediments.
  • Consent involves the free commitment to a lifelong, exclusive marriage that is open to children.  Consent makes marriage: “The consent of the parties, legitimately manifested between persons qualified by law, makes marriage” (1057, §1).
  • Canonical form requires that vows be exchanged in the presence of a bishop, priest or deacon and two witnesses according to the Order of Celebrating Matrimony.  Special permission is required for Catholics to marry in a place other than their parish church.

 

How do we get started?

Contact our office for more information.