Canon 482, article 1, prescribes “in each curia a chancellor is to be appointed, whose principal office, unless particular law states otherwise, is to assure that the acts of the Curia are drawn up and dispatched, and that they are kept safe in the archive of the Curia.” He may be assisted by a vice-chancellor and both of them are automatically notaries and secretaries of the Curia.

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The spiritual good and pastoral welfare of the People of God necessitates that the Diocesan Curia assists the Bishop in the governance of the Diocese. The Curia has to make sure and permanently guarantees the discipline and the practice of governance and the administration in the local Church, regardless of who sits in the various offices and how a particular institution evolves.

Confused sometimes with the Curia is the Chancery. The office of the Chancellor is part of the Diocesan Curia, meaning the Chancellor, is one of the personnel of the Diocesan Curia.  Specifically, he is the Secretary of the Curia. In order to distinguish from the Diocesan Curia, it is hereby proposed to refer to the CHANCERY as the Office of the Chancellor.

As an officer within the administrative structure of the diocese, the Chancellor, and when circumstance warrants a Vice-Chancellor may be appointed to assist him, is concerned with the orderly and systematic arrangement of the administrative works in the curia. The Chancellor functions as the secretary of the curia; thus, he takes care of recording, filing, keeping and processing of documents.

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Moreover, the Chancellor is also envisioned by Canon Law as the principal Notary, whereby he authenticates documents by his signature, giving meaning and substance to them. As such, the functions of the Chancellor have additional demands on him. Aside from his proficiency in handling documents, he should also have command of language and orderliness in record management. If however, the Chancellor is given additional faculties, as in dispensations and censor of books, a basic knowledge of certain ecclesiastical fields is a must.

The existence of the office of the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and notaries are according to the discretion of the Bishop who appoints them and can freely remove them from office if he so wills it. The present manual for Chancery management in the Philippines aims to describe their various functions and responsibilities, offering a sample system of procedures, organizational set-up and staffing that may prove helpful in the proper management of chanceries in the dioceses in the Philippines.




Although, Chancery offices in the different Arch/dioceses in the country may vary in their specific tasks; nonetheless, the following basic services are offered generally by the Cebu Archdiocesan Chancery Office:

Authorizing partial changes in the parish records; such as, certificates of baptism, confirmation and marriage

Authorizing full reconstruction of parish records

Dispensation for Mixed Marriage and Disparity of Cult

Issuance of clearance for marriage between a Filipino and foreigner

Issuance of dispensation from the banns

Issuance of circulars for information dissemination such as, diocesan activities and new policies

Assisting foreign missionaries and religious in their visa requirements such as, change of status from 9A (temporary visitor) to 9G (missionary visa)

Censorship of Books, Manuscripts, Novenas, etc.

Conducting Pre-nuptial interview for couples getting married at the Archbishop’s Residence Chapel as well as at the Archdiocesan Shrine of San Pedro Calungsod, located within the Archbishop’s Residence compound

Processing and Issuance of Documents Related with the Clergy, such as

  • Request for publications of banns for ordination
  • Faculties delegation or permission for Ordination, Confirmation and others
  • Rescripts
  • Appointments of Clergy
  • Processing of application or renewal of Registration and Authority to Solemnizing Marriage
  • Issuance of diocesan IDs and Celebret

Contact Details


Mailing Address:

St. Vitalis Building, D. Jakosalem cor. P. Gomez Sts.
(across The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral Mausoleum)
Cebu City 6000, Philippines

Tel. No.:
(+63 32) 253 0123

Email Address:


(Except for letter “I” under Basic Services Offered by the Archdiocesan Chancery of Cebu, all the information stated above are taken in toto from the published Manual For Chancery Management and Chancery Formularies collaborated and published by the National Association of Diocesan Chancellors in 2014.)