The Chancery provides expertise concerning canon law.


As an integral part of the Archdiocese, the Chancery provides expertise concerning canon law (the law of the Catholic Church) and works closely with the Archbishop and all other services and offices of the diocese to ensure its smooth administrative operation.

The team of the Chancery of the Archdiocese of Montreal serves the diocese by answering the needs of Catholic communities regarding all canonical, legal and administrative issues.


The seven sacraments are the pillars of Catholic life. As concrete signs of commitment and spiritual progress, they punctuate the major milestones in the life of the faithful. Also, parishes preserve the memory of sacraments by keeping the official acts (records) in their archives.

Sacraments are generally celebrated in churches by trained and ordained ministers. To ensure that the quality of the celebration is in keeping with their nature, it is necessary for the ministers who preside over them to be authorized to do so by Church authorities. The Chancery is responsible for the management of all permissions (faculties) granted by the Archbishop, as well as the authorizations granted by Vital Statistics to Catholic ministers who celebrate marriage.

To obtain a certificate:

All certificates for sacraments (baptism, confirmation, marriage) are issued by parishes. Please contact the parish where the celebration of the sacrament took place.

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To obtain faculties and permissions:

Priests and deacons of the Diocese of Montreal who wish to ask for faculties enabling them to celebrate adult baptisms, confirmations, professions of faith or marriages must contact the Chancery at 514 931-7311, ext. 245.

Priests or deacons who are visiting the Diocese of Montreal and who wish to celebrate sacraments or exercise a ministry absolutely must send the Chancery a suitability letter that was duly completed by their Ordinary.  

Here is a model of this letter

Marriage is one of the seven sacraments that are celebrated in the Church; it is also a fundamental institution in Catholic life and in civil society. 

Parishes accompany the couples who want to get married in the Church in several ways, in particular by preparing the documents that will be used for the official registration of their new status in the state and the Church.

To facilitate the preparation of your marriage, we provide answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Necessary documents to prepare your marriage file:

Do you expect to get married soon? The first thing to do is to contact your local parish, which will then be able to initiate the preparation of your marriage file.

This must include the following forms:

  • Baptism certificate, recently issued (less than six months)

  • Copy of your act (or certificate) of birth or passport

  • Form 5: Request and rescript

  • Prenuptial inquiry (to be completed with your parish priest)

  • Certificate of participation to a marriage preparation course

  • For information concerning ae request for a marriage to be recorded in Vital Statistics, please contact the Chancery at (514) 931-7311, ext. 245

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For all questions concerning a declaration of the nullity of marriage, please contact the Montreal Ecclesiastical Tribunal.

Registers are a precious heritage of the Church. They are the long memory of the people of God and its history. To ensure their permanence, they must therefore be carefully kept and protected. As for certificates, they are indispensable documents for the faithful (they are official copies testifying that their holders received the sacrament).

  • In general, all certificates and documents related to sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage) are kept in the parish where the celebrations took place. 

The Archdiocese of Montreal demonstrates the universality of the Catholic Church by welcoming people from around the world.  To answer the pastoral needs that come with this cultural diversity, the local Church must welcome missionary ministers whose presence is not only welcome, but also essential.

The Chancery is responsible for the welcome and healthy integration of these foreign ministers, particularly by taking care of the whole immigration process (civil and canonical).

Procedure for foreign ministers:

Ministers who stay in Montreal for a short-term public ministry (casual, or less than six months) must provide a suitability letter, signed by their Ordinary, to the Chancery:

Ministers who wish to exercise a ministry for a longer time period (more than six months) must first contact the Office for pastoral personnel to initiate the process in order to obtain pastoral integration.


  1. All foreign ministers must obtain faculties to be able to exercise public ministry.
  2. It is very important not to initiate the process with Citizenship and Immigration (Canada) before obtaining the documents provided by the Chancery (appointment letter and letter of support for granting a permit or VISA, etc.).
  3. All foreign ministers must be covered by private health insurance, which must be valid until they are cared for (insured), if applicable, by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.