Mercyhurst University’s Christ the King Chapel is a Roman Catholic chapel governed by Church law and the rules and regulations of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie. At the present time, a policy is in place that governs who may be married in university chapels in the diocese. It states, “In campus chapels, weddings are limited to students, faculty, staff, graduates of less than five years or graduates of more than five years who can demonstrate registration and participation in a parish.” Also, one of the parties to the marriage must be a Catholic. If the couple meets this criteria, then a tentative date may be made through the office of the Chaplain and the couple has thirty days to complete a reservation form and return it so that the reservation is made permanent. A fifty dollar ($ 50.00) refundable security deposit, a fifty dollar ($50.00) set up and clean up fee for the person helping in the sanctuary area and a fifty dollar ($50.00) administrative fee ($150.00 total) is required with the form.
Once the couple has made their reservation for the chapel, they are required to do pre-marital preparation either locally or through the Catholic diocese in which they live. This is determined in several ways, either through the priest who is doing the ceremony or through a priest or other designated person in the diocese in which the couple resides. Also, mixed marriages between a Catholic and a Christian of another denomination may be performed in certain limited instances by a minister of another Christian denomination provided that the couple still performs the pre-marital process of the Catholic church. Only valid (Church recognized) marriages may take place in Christ the King Chapel.