The primary function of the Chancery staff is to serve the archdiocese in matters of church law (canon law) and administration. The Chancery grants marriage dispensations and handles cases of marriages attempted outside the Church. Staff members respond to inquiries about sacramental issues, such as questions regarding Catholic weddings, baptisms, and funerals.
Chancery staff members assist people in comprehending canon law, especially the values in which it is rooted and the spirit which guides it. The goal of the Chancery is to bring a pastoral understanding to the application of canon law in people’s lives and in the Church's institutions.
Chancery staff members process requests for papal blessings and papal audiences.
The Chancery Office handles the process by which parishes receive authorization for extraordinary, administrative matters. The Chancery also records and authorizes the results of parish trustee elections.
The Archives Office, under the direction of the Chancellor, handles important historic records and artifacts. Visit the Archives page for more information.
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Papal Blessings are often used as wedding or anniversary gifts. Order a hand-printed blessing, with calligraphy on parchment, by completing this form. Please allow 6 - 8 weeks for delivery after your order is received.
Request tickets for a General Audience with the Holy Father in Vatican City.
The Building Commission assists the Archbishop in his decision-making responsibilities regarding parish building plans and other institutional building projects under his jurisdiction.