ministries + services

Tribunal and Office of Canonical Services

mission statement

To administer justice to the people of God in the local Church.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Office of Canonical Services seeks to administer justice primarily by means of deciding cases of marriage nullity and by offering insight and advice concerning other issues which depend upon canon law.


MARRIAGE NULLITY

  • Formal annulment petitions, lack of form petitions, permission for mixed marriages (where one party is not Catholic) are to be initiated at one’s local parish.
  • The local parish ministers determine, as best they can, the character of the request and the manner in which the application should be pursued. The Office of Canonical Services is eager to assist in resolving any doubts or questions. which ideally should be presented by the parish minister who assisting the person or couple.
  • Fee Schedule 

MARRIAGE SUPPORT & RESOURCES

  • For information on support groups for divorced and separated people or for marriage preparation information, kindly contact your local parish.
  • The Office of Pastoral Care also provides abundant resources, including Natural Family Planning information.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

  • no events scheduled at this time

Sacramental Records/Baptismal Search

  • Please click here for more information regarding how to obtain a copy of a sacramental record.

CONTACT INFORMATION 

Diocese of Orange

Tribunal and Office of Canonical Services

13280 Chapman Avenue

Garden Grove, CA 92840

 

Phone: 714-282-3080

Fax: 714- 282-3087

Email: marriagetribunal@rcbo.org

 

Judicial Vicar

Rev. E. Scott Borgman, JCD

 

Adjutant Judicial Vicars

Rev. Msgr. Douglas J. Cook, JCL

Rev. Paul H. Vu, JCL

 

Defenders of the Bond

Rev. John Caronan, O.Praem., JCL

Rev. Msgr. Tuan Joseph Pham, JCL

 

Judges

Rev. Msgr. Stephen Doktorczyk, JCD

Rev. Msgr. Douglas Cook, JCL

Mr. Fernando Engel, JCL

Rev. Paul H. Vu, JCL

Ms. Peggy Paoli, JCL

 

Advocates

Deacon Thomas McGuine

Deacon Carl Swanson

Deacon Minh Tong

Susan Stankis

Rev. Efrain Flores

Paula Lynn

Kimtrang T. Bui

Charlene Dumitru

Denise Teran

 

Tribunal Staff

Linda Braun

Paula Lynn

Susan Stankis

Deacon Thomas McGuine

Deacon Carl Swanson

Deacon Minh Tong

Kimtrang T. Bui

Stephen Shon

Denise Teran

Roger Lichter

 

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm