Tribunal
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184-3839
 
 

Contacts

 
 
Most Reverend Mark O'Connell, J.C.D
Judicial Vicar
Office: 617-746-5900
Fax: 617-779-4566
Rev. W. Christopher Palladino, J.C.L.
Adjutant Judicial Vicar

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.

Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, then 1 to 4 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

 

New Annulment Workshop    

In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has created new norms for the processing of annulments.  If you, or someone close to you, longs to be reconciled with this issue, a workshop presented by the Metropolitan Tribunal explaining this process and answering your questions will be held. Click here for dates, times and locations. 

Ecclesiastical Court of the Archdiocese of Boston

Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese
Most Reverend Mark O'Connell, JCD

Archdiocesan Judges: Tribunal Court
Most Reverend Mark O'Connell, JCD

Rev. W. Chris Palladino, JCL
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
Ms. Jane P. Devlin, J.D., J.C.L.
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
Br. James Peterson, OFM, Cap., J.C.D.

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

Notary
Ms. Maureen Kirkland 

Staff

Ms. Ellen Obshatkin
Mrs. Ann Marie Lascuola-Helmar
Ms. Maureen Kirkland

Canonical Affairs Committee
Chair: Most Reverend 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.

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