A chancellor is appointed by the diocesan bishop to gather, arrange, and safeguard the curial archive. The chancellor also serves as an ecclesiastical notary and secretary of the curia. Most canonical administrative matters are overseen by the chancellor, with the assistance of a vice-chancellor.
The chancellor’s responsibilities include:
Please click on the tabs below for documents and applications.
To apply for the Pauline Privilege or a Lack of Form case, click on the “Applications for Matrimonial Processes” tab below.
For applications for marriage nullity on the basis of prior bond or for a formal case, please to the Tribunal page.
There are different canonical processes conducted by the chancellor or the Tribunal to determine the status of those whose marriage has ended in divorce. There are different applications for each of these canonical processes.
To determine which application to use, please click on the following link and answer a few questions to determine which application is the correct one for you.
The application for a formal case can be found here.
Completing and Submitting an Application for Lack of Form or Pauline Privilege
Applications for lack of form or the Pauline Privilege can be printed and completed by hand. Please write legibly. You may also complete an application online, if you have the necessary software.
After completing an application for lack of form or the Pauline Privilege, take the printed application and any required documents to your parish or bring it to the Chancery.
Submitting the Application at Your Parish: If you bring your application and documents to your parish, a priest or deacon will witness your signature and sign the application. Then the priest/deacon will mail the application to the Office of the Chancellor.
Submitting the Application at the Chancery (Catholic Center): You also have the option of bringing the application and documents directly to the Chancery. If you choose to submit the application and documents at the Chancery, an ecclesiastical notary will witness your signature and sign the application. This will help to expedite your case.
Please keep a photocopy of anything you bring or send to the Office of the Chancellor, since mail and documents can be lost.
If you need help with the application process, contact us at email@example.com or call (901) 373-1200 and ask for the Chancellor’s Office.
Requesting Sacramental Records
If you wish to obtain a certificate of baptism, confirmation, or marriage, you must contact the parish where the ceremony took place. These records are not kept at the diocesan office, except for rare cases.
Records of baptism for St. Peter Orphanage can be obtained from the diocesan archive.
Sacramental Records Policy
All particular law and policies of the Diocese of Memphis are being reviewed and edited. This Sacramental Register Handbook can be used as a reference until a new policy is promulgated.