A Tribunal is established in each diocese by the bishop to assist him in carrying out his responsibility as shepherd of the local Christian community which has been entrusted to him (Can. 369, 1419). As the judicial arm of the bishop, the diocesan tribunal cooperates in his ministry of furthering the supreme law of the Church - the salvation of souls (Can. 1752).
The diocesan bishop appoints a judicial vicar to oversee the operation of the tribunal (Can. 1420). This individual must be a priest with a degree in canon law. Other qualified individuals, both cleric and lay, are appointed by the bishop to serve as judges, defenders of the bond, auditors, assessors, advocates and notaries in order to process petitions requesting a declaration of invalidity. The entire judicial process is specified in Book VII of the Code of Canon Law, as are the qualifications for various positions (Can. 1400-1707).
1015 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: (903) 534-1077
Fax: (903) 534-1370
Very Rev. Lawrence Rasaian, JCD, PhD
(903) 534-1077 x 172
Very Rev. Anthony K. W. McLaughlin, JCD; Very Rev. John Jairo Gomez, JCL; Very Rev. Christopher V. Ruggles, JCL
Defender of the Bond
Rev. Gavin N. Vaverek, JCL
Margaret Oppenheimer, Teresa Tiscareno, Peyton Low
We also have a section of Frequently Asked Questions on the tribunal and its processes.
Instructions: All forms are available as Microsoft Word format or PDFs. Save the form you need to your computer and complete. Adobe Acrobat may be required to complete forms. Completed forms can be scanned and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Diocesan Tribunal, 1015 ESE Loop 323, Tyler, Texas 75701.
Formal Case Petition (MS Word | PDF)
Please download and complete the forms in Word format. If you send this form electronically you need to scan your signature; otherwise, sign and send it by regular mail.
Peticion Para un Caso Formal (MS Word | PDF)
Falta de Forma Canonica (MS Word | PDF)
Ligamen (Vinculo Previo) (MS Word | PDF)
Sanación en Raíz (MS Word | PDF)
Privilego Paulino (MS Word | PDF)
Privilego Petrino (MS Word | PDF)
Matrimonio Rato y No Consumado (MS Word | PDF)
Por favor descargue y complete las formas en el formato Word. Si envía esta forma electrónicamente necesita escanear su firma; de lo contrario, fírmela y envíela por correo regular.
You can check on the status of a case by contacting email@example.com.
Advocates have been appointed around the Diocese of Tyler to assist the faithful in preparing a Petition for a Declaration of Nullity.
Promoter of Justice: Rev. Gavin N. Vaverek, JCL
E- mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (903) 266-2159
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