Maggie Rogers couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. “It’s like a fairytale to get married in St. John’s Church,” says the former Maggie Carter, who wed her college sweetheart, Andrew Rogers, there on Sept. 22, 2018.
The iconic, 130-year-old St. John’s Church, on the heart of Creighton’s campus, is the most popular Catholic church in Omaha for weddings, according to the Omaha Archdiocese — a trend that has held constant for at least the last 17 years.
St. John’s hosts about twice as many weddings as any other church in the archdiocese, according to the latest archdiocesan figures. In 2018, 75 weddings were celebrated at the church, and the same number is expected in 2019, says Kathy Martin, coordinator of marriage preparation for Creighton and St. John’s.
“For many Creighton students and alumni, St. John’s feels like home,” Martin says.
That was the case for Maggie and Andrew.
Maggie earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Creighton in 2016, and her accelerated nursing degree in 2017. She is currently a nurse at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. Andrew graduated with a degree in finance and business intelligence and analytics in 2016, and works at the Carson Group in Omaha.
The two met the first week of their freshman year at Creighton in 2012. Maggie was from Denver, and Andrew from Sacramento, California. They met through a mutual friend after a Creighton soccer match.
They soon began dating, and would often meet — before and after classes — on the bench outside Swanson Hall, facing St. John’s.
“We would meet there all the time,” Maggie says. “We would just sit out in front of the church and talk. Or we would meet there and then walk to class or go to dinner.”
It became their spot. Andrew would propose to Maggie on that same bench in March of their senior year.
So, getting married at St. John’s Church was a priority.
“We really felt this was where our story was and where our relationship really bloomed into what it is,” Maggie says. “This just seemed like the right place to make our vows.”
Many other alumni and students feel the same way.
St. John’s Church is made available for weddings of Creighton students, alumni, faculty and staff, along with children of Creighton graduates and members of St. John’s parish registered for at least six months.
The Catholic Church views marriage as both a sacrament and a vocation, and Pope Francis has called marriage “the icon of God’s love for us.”
Before the wedding day, the Catholic Church requires that couples complete some form of marriage preparation — which can vary by diocese or parish. St. John’s asks couples to complete the FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communications, Understanding and Study) inventory.
Couples are guided in the process by trained facilitators, and choose either a married couple or a Jesuit. St. John’s has 16 married couples and seven Creighton Jesuits who serve as facilitators.
When their wedding day arrived, it was 72 and sunny — not a cloud in the sky. Some 180 family and friends gathered inside St. John’s Church.
“It was so cool to bring our family and friends to a place that is so special to us, and has such strong meaning for us,” Maggie says.
“It was a perfect day. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding.”
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