ministries + services

Tribunal and Office of Canonical Services

mission statement

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


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.


  • 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 


  • 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.


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Diocese of Orange

Tribunal and Office of Canonical Services

13280 Chapman Avenue

Garden Grove, CA 92840


Phone: 714-282-3080

Fax: 714- 282-3087



Judicial Vicar

Rev. Msgr. Stephen Doktorczyk, JCD


Defender of the Bond

Rev. John Caronan, O.Praem., JCL



Rev. Msgr. Douglas Cook, JCL

Mr. Fernando Engel, JCL

Rev. Paul H. Vu, JCL

Rev. E. Scott Borgman, JCD (cand.)

Ms. Peggy Jean Paoli, JCL



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