Canonical Affairs
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184-3839


Br. James Peterson, OFM Cap.
Assistant to the Moderator of the Curia for Canonical Affairs
Office: 617-746-5651
Fax: 617-746-5920
Jane Devlin
Special Assistant to Canonical Affairs
Office: 617-746-5900
Fax: 617-746-5920
Mary Kelliher Blake
Office Coordinator to Canonical Affairs
Office: 617-746-5651
Fax: 617-746-5920
James Sierra
Interdiocesan Marriage Preparation, Operations Assistant to Canonical Affairs
Office: 617-746-5652
Fax: 617-746-5920

Canonical Affairs


All inquiries concerning canon law (excluding annulments) are handled by the Office of Canonical Affairs.  The office assists all departments with canon law questions, is responsible for censorship of manuscripts, marriage dispensations, pre-marriage questions and paperwork, responds to all questions regarding gifts and bequests that carry an obligation for the celebration of Masses, and formulates letters of good standing for diocesan priests.  Additionally, the Office of Canonical Affairs grants faculties for non-incardinated priests, prepares notices regarding the deaths of priests, as well as for priests’ relatives and coordinates all Archdiocesan Confirmations. 

Please click here to access the Sacrament of Confirmation Form for 1/1/20 through 8/31/20.  
(Fall '20 will open in November '19)

Are you a Boston priest in need of a letter of good standing or celebret? Please visit to place your request for anywhere outside of Boston.
Thank you.