Paczkowski, Thissen marry

GUILDERLAND — Richard and Margaret Ann Paczkowski of Guilderland proudly announce the marriage of their daughter Karen Paczkowski to Christopher Thissen, son of Steven and Deborah Thissen of Glencoe, Minn. 

The couple married June 1, 2013 at Saint Thomas More Chapel at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.  Rev. Robert Beloin officiated and the marriage received an Apostolic Papal Blessing from Pope Francis. 

The couple met at Yale University, where the bride received a Ph.D. in geophysics and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering, and the groom received a master of philosophy degree in geophysics and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in geophysics.  

The bride, who kept her birth name, is a 2006 graduate of Boston University where she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in engineering and a minor in mathematics.  The groom is a 2008 graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in environmental geoscience.

During the ceremony, each set of parents relit the bride’s and groom’s baptism candles to symbolize the Christian life of their son or daughter prior to marriage.  Later in the Mass, the baptism candles were used to light the Unity candle to symbolize the joining of their lives together in a new Christian life as husband and wife.

A reception followed at the Water’s Edge Resort, overlooking the ocean.  The couple left shortly after for their honeymoon in Scotland and France.  They currently reside in Connecticut.

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