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Serves in matters of church law, administration and sacramental issues regarding Catholic weddings, baptisms and funerals.

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 Blessing

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.

Papal Audience

Request tickets for a General Audience with the Holy Father in Vatican City.

Chancery Office

Phone: 414-769-3340
Fax: 414-769-3408

Barbara Anne Cusack

Very Rev. Ricardo Martin

Jane Ore
Administrative Assistant

Kim Slusar
Administrative Assistant


Shelly Taylor, MA, MLIS
Archdiocesan Archivist

Amy Lisinski, MLIS
Associate Director

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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
St. Francis, WI 53235

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408