Annulment Process
Monday, 03 August 2015 00:00

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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor

FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT August 3, 2015
SUBJECT         Annulment Process

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After consultation with the Priests Council and the Tribunal, Bishop George V. Murry, S.J.
has decided to eliminate all fees for the annulment process effective immediately.

Msgr. Robert Siffrin, Vicar General, stated that this decision is one step in the
implementation of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, "Trusting in Christ: A Call to Discipleship"
making access to the annulment process less burdensome. This decision also anticipate
the spirit of the Jubilee of Mercy announced by Pope Francis to begin on December 8,
2015 and as we prepare to welcome Pope Francis to America in September. In his
address to the Roman Rota in January, our Holy Father indicated how important it is that
each tribunal assists those who wish to return to the sacraments. He commented, "How I
wish all marriage proceedings were free of charge!"

Up to now, the Diocese has subsidized the annulment process for anyone who approaches
the Tribunal. Even though we requested fees, if anyone were unable to pay the fees, they
were waived. With the elimination of fees, it is hoped that anyone who may have been
reluctant to approach the Tribunal will now feel welcome to submit their case.