The Office of the Chancellor assists the Diocesan Bishop by notarizing official documents of the Bishop, by maintaining the diocesan archives, overseeing files of priests, and by providing clearance for visiting clergy, religious and lay presenters who wish to supply sacramental services, offer parish missions or to provide presentations to the faithful of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
In addition, the Chancellor is a member of the Bishop’s diocesan executive leadership team, is a member of, and is responsible for coordinating and recording meetings of the Priests’ Personnel Board and the Incardination Committee, and serves as an invited observer of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council and meetings of the College of Consultors.
Diocesan statistical reports for the annual Official Catholic Directory, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and for the Roman Curia are also the responsibilities of the Chancellor’s office.
The appointment of a Chancellor is required for every diocesan curia, in accordance with canon 482 of the Code of Canon Law. A Chancellor may be either a member of the clergy or laity, according to the norm of canon 228.