The Chancery office has essential role in the Curia of the Diocese of Calgary in issuing official documents and regulating the particular law of the Diocese. The office of the Chancellor is delegated to grant faculties for Clergy; permissions for speakers coming from outside of the diocese; dispensations and permissions for those preparing for marriage; Sanations and nullity of marriages due to lack of canonical form. The Chancellor also provides the administrational services concerning vital statistics, clergy, and sacraments and oversees gathering of parish pastoral reports every year.
The Chancellor is the chief notary, chief archivist and secretary of the diocesan curia (can. 482, 474, 486-488). The duties of the Chancellor may also extend to assisting the Bishop and the Diocese in whatever capacity the Bishop chooses.
Pope Pius XI defined the role of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal dealing with marriage with these words: “To care for the dignity of marriage; to work for the good of persons.”
The ministry of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal in the area of Marriage is a part of Church’s healing ministry. Many people who journey through the complete process of ecclesiastical tribunal, reflecting on a marriage that did not succeed find emotional healing and a better understanding of themselves and others.
The Inter-diocesan Tribunal of Edmonton is a ministry of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories. It serves the dioceses of Edmonton, Calgary, St Paul, Grouard-McLennan and Mackenzie-Fort Smith. It has two offices: one in Calgary and another in Edmonton. The Tribunal has a staff of specially trained and experienced priests, religious and lay persons who serve as part of the Church’s healing ministry. We offer assistance to people who request the Church to study his or her marriage in order to determine whether or not there are any grounds acceptable in Church Law for a Declaration of Nullity (annulments). You can visit their website for more information: edmontontribunal.ca
To initiate a process, please contact your parish priest or Tribunal office in Calgary for a Preliminary form. The form is also available online at: ITE - Preliminary Study Form . If you have any questions about the Declaration of Nullity process, please do not hesitate to contact your parish priest or the Tribunal office.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary Archives (RCDCA) gathers, preserves, and makes available the legal and historical memory of the Catholic Church in southern Alberta. Most of its documents were produced or collected by the Diocese and the Bishops of Calgary. While parishes usually have their own archives the RCDCA does have some material of interest to parish and local historians as well as those researching their family histories. It also has some records from groups such as the Catholic Women’s League.
Although the RCDCA is mainly used by staff members we are also open to legitimate researchers by appointment. For more information, please contact Carol Hollywood, Archivist, at 403-218-5502 | Email