Diocesan Chancery

Marriage Administration


The main work of the Chancery Office is the processing of marriage papers – worldwide – for couples where the Catholic party, at least, is resident within the Diocese of Plymouth.

The Chancery also deals with requests for dispensations from disparity of worship and from Canonical Form. It also grants permission for mixed marriages and for convalidations.

The aim is to help and assist both priests and couples in what can be the quite complex preparation of marriage documentation. Paperwork is sent to the Chancery from the parishes, it is processed, recorded, and then forwarded to the parish / diocese of marriage.

The Chancery deals with queries by post, telephone, fax and email – from priests, parishioners and the general public, with regard to marriage, baptism and confirmation documentation. The Office also deals with permissions for Reception into the Church, the issuing of priests and deacons Faculties, Celebrets and Ordination certificates and many general Curial enquiries.

The Chancery is open between 8.30am to 4.30pm Tuesday to Thursday by appointment.

Plymouth Diocesan Tribunal and Chancery
St Boniface House
Ashburton, Newton Abbot TQ13 7JL

Canon Kristian Paver JCL
01364 645411

Lynette Bieneman
01364 645415