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.
  • Are you a Boston priest in need of a letter of good standing or celebret? Start a request at for anywhere outside of Boston. Please provide at least 2 weeks notice. Thank you.


Br. James Peterson, OFM Cap.
Assistant to the Moderator of the Curia for Canonical Affairs
Office: 617-746-5650
Fax: 617-746-5920

Jane Devlin
Special Assistant to Canonical Affairs
Office: 617-746-5654
Fax: 617-746-5920

Mary Kelliher Blake
Office Coordinator to Canonical Affairs
Office: 617-746-5651
Fax: 617-746-5920

David Cronin
Interdiocesan Marriage Preparation, Operations Assistant to Canonical Affairs
Office: 617-746-5652
Fax: 617-746-5920