Tribunal
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184-3839
 
 

Contacts

 
 
Fr. Mark O'Connell
Judicial Vicar
Office: 617-746-5900
Fax: 617-779-4566

Tribunal

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The Metropolitan Tribunal is the Ecclesiastical Court of the Archdiocese of Boston and The Metropolitan Tribunal of Boston is charged with the administration of justice, as a court of first instance and as an appellate court, for matters of the public good brought before the Church. Although most cases brought before the Tribunal involve questions of marital nullity, the court also acts as the competent forum for other issues, including penal matters.

Ecclesiastical Court of the Archdiocese of Boston

Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese
Very Rev. Mark O'Connell, JCD

Archdiocesan Judges: Tribunal Court
Very Rev. Mark O'Connell, JCD
Rev. Msgr. Michael Smith Foster, JCD
Sr. Margaret L. Sullivan, CSJ, JCL
Mrs. Maria Galindez-Bianco, JCL, JD
Dr. Andrea Ponzone, JCD, DR. IUR.

Associates
Rev. Joseph M. Hennessey, JCL

Court Advocate / Petitioner 
Ms. Julianne  Shanklin
Rev. Wlodzimierz Sobolewski, CR

Court Advocate / Respondent
Rev. Peter G. Gori, OSA, JCD

Defenders of the Bond 
Rev. W. Christopher Palladino, JCL
Rev. Aidan J. Walsh, JCL
Rev. James G. Burke, JCL

Promoter of Justice
Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL
Rev. Mark A. Mahoney, JCL
Rev. W. Christopher Palladino, JCL

Notary
Mrs.  Marisa Noe 

Staff

Ms. Ellen Obshatkin
Mrs.  Marisa Noe 
Mrs. AnnMarie Lascuola-Helmar
Ms. Maureen Kirkland

Canonical Affairs Committee
Chair: Very Rev. Mark O'Connell, JCD

Rev. James G. Burke, JCL
Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL
Most Rev. Walter J. Edyvean, STD
Rev. Peter G. Gori, OSA, JCD
Rev. James J. Laughlin, JCL
Rev. W. Christopher Palladino, JCL
Sr. Margaret L. Sullivan, CSJ, JCL
Rev. Walter J. Woods, STD
 

The Metropolitan Tribunal is the court of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Normal Business hours are between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

General questions can be addressed via e-mail to Reverend_Mark_O'Connell@rcab.org; however, private questions/correspondence should come via phone (9:00 AM-5:00 PM) or regular mail.

For a better understanding of annulments, see Msgr. Foster's article entitled "How Can a Marriage Be Declared Null?"