Rev. John Boyle, JCL
The Department of Canonical Services promotes a great understanding of the law of the Church (canon law) and provides canonical advice, education and assistance to the bishop, diocesan and parish staff, religious orders and other Catholic institutions and associations, and the faithful of the archdiocese.
The Tribunal is the judicial office of the bishop of this archdiocese. The Tribunal helps assure that the provisions of canon law are implemented correctly and equitably, protecting rights as well as determining the status of persons in the Church. Although the majority of the Tribunal’s work concerns petitions for declarations of marriage nullity, it handles other matters that come before the bishop as well.
The officials and staff of the Department of Canonical Services and the Tribunal are here to serve and to be ministers of justice in truth, love, and mercy.
NOTE: The Tribunal staff does not discuss specific annulment questions through e-mail, due to confidentiality. Please call the office for any specific questions about your case. Thank you.
Msgr. Patrick Brennan, JCL
Bishop Peter Smith, JCL
Adjunct Judicial Vicar
Peggy Toole, JD, JCL
Defender of the Bond & Rogatory Requests
Stephen V. Garbitelli, JCL
Auditor and Case Instructor
Administrative Assistant, Ecclesiastical Notary
Freedom to Marry - Instructions & Checklist English Spanish
Freedom to Marry - Bride Interview English Spanish
Freedom to Marry - Groom Interview English Spanish
Freedom to Marry - Witnesses for Bride English Spanish
Freedom to Marry - Witnesses for Groom English Spanish
Parish Dispensation and Permission Form