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When I retired after 37 years as a computer programmer, I sought a number of different activities which would be as different from what I had been doing as I could imagine. One of these was to become a Lay Chaplain with the Fellowship. I wanted to prove my abilities as a public speaker and, in a very real sense, as a performer. As of this writing, I have officiated at ten weddings. Each was different. Each was fun. I have met both young couples starting out on their lives together and older couples finding new companionship for their lives. It is always a pleasure to work with these people and it is, indeed, both a privilege and an honour when they choose me to be their officiant. - Tony Fitzgerald, Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericton Lay Chaplain.

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From my first visit to the Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericton some years ago, I was drawn to its principles of inclusion, no matter the religious (or non-religious) background. Coming from a background of education and journalism, the openness I found with this community profoundly impacted my life. After mindful consideration, followed by rigorous training, I became Lay Chaplain at the UFF.

I am fully licensed by the Province of New Brunswick to perform legal marriages. We will together create a marriage ceremony that expresses your values, personal style and family traditions. If you prefer an entirely non-religious ceremony, we can offer you a choice of many beautiful secular readings, vows, and selections of poetry. For your added convenience, there is a Marriage Ceremonies Guide available on loan. It is filled with music selections, references and suggestions to help create your perfect moment.

We also offer ceremonies of other kinds, such as funerals, renewal of vows, house blessings, child dedications, or pet memorials.

If you would like more information or would like to book a date, you will find us professional, conscientious, and easy to to talk to. - Deby Nash, Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericton Lay Chaplain.

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Our Lay Chaplains have a Marriage Ceremonies Guide that is shared with couples so they can co-create a ceremony that is meaningful to them.

Lay Chaplains will travel and conduct services in outdoor locations, historic sites, private homes or institutions or at a location that is meaningful to the couple making a commitment to each other.

Contact information:


Email or leave a message at (506) 451-0919 or, individually:


Tony Fitzgerald at .


Deby Nash at or phone (506) 461-2583.

George and allison's wedding

allison and George are married in a September 2004 Unitarian ceremony.

Unitarian Lay Chaplains perform marriage ceremonies for couples regardless of gender expression and sexual orientation.