My husband was baptized as an infant and grew up Lutheran. I was baptized as an infant Catholic, made my First Communion, and Confirmation. I unfortunately left the church when I was 19. My husband and I were married when I was 22 in a non-denominational Christian church. Neither one of us has ever been married before. That was 13 years ago. I want to return to the Catholic Church and raise my 3 children Catholic. My grandmother says that since I was not married in a Catholic Church that I would need to have my marriage recognized. What would this entail and how do I go about it? Thank you for your time.
This is actually a pretty simple process. What you’ll need is:
- Copy of civil marriage license.
- Your sacramental records of baptism, 1st communion & confirmation.
- Proof of your husband’s baptism.
- 2 witnesses that can testify neither of you have been otherwise married.
Once all of that is established you’ll simply recite the Catholic wedding vows before either a priest or deacon.