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 Vicar for Canonical Services

The Vicar for Canonical Services has the primary duty to administer justice to the people of God in the local Church.  The focus of the Office of Canonical Services is to provide Canonical advice, research and permissions involved in marriage preparation.

The dispensations and other canonical procedures are initiated through the local Pastor or the Deacon.  The local parish ministers determine, as best they can, the character of the request and the manner in which the application should be pursued. 

Our staff will gladly assist and answer any questions you may have regarding this matter by calling us at (213) 637-7888.

Please note:
For information regarding Marriage annulments, please visit the Marriage Tribunal.

For information regarding Marriage Preparation, Natural Family Planning, or Ministry to the Widowed, Divorced or Separated, Please visit the Office of Family Life.

 Canonical Services: Forms

In our forms page, you may read instructions and download forms from the Office for Canonical Services for the following circumstances:

• Dispensation from Canonical Form
•  Radical Sanation
• Dispensation from Consanguinity
• Petition for Dispensation fron Disparity of Worship
•Certificate of Permission for Mixed Marriage
•Petition to Receive the Sacraments (Brother/Sister)
•Testimonial Letters or Nihil Obstat

Go to our Forms Page.


Vicar for Canonical Services
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241
(213) 637-7888  phone

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