Before Juliann Richards met Neal Levy, she didn’t doubt that she’d marry a fellow Catholic someday.After all, Richards was raised Catholic, attended Catholic school, grew up mostly around fellow Catholics, and knew she wanted her children raised with the same faith.
“If we can get across to people that religion is not getting in the way, that religion is there to help, that makes so much more sense to me,” he says.
“Marriage preparation becomes a possible moment of grace.” Despite the rise in interfaith and interchurch marriages, they’re not at an all-time high.
The classes suggested they pick one religion for their future children.
“We chose Judaism early on because it was the root of all Christianity, and there was nothing in my religion that Mike couldn’t understand,” Sarah says.
Respect for both of their beliefs extended into their wedding ceremony, which was led by both the priest and the rabbi.