Office of Tribunal

The mission of the Tribunal is to provide justice for all persons who approach the Church’s court system for a Decree of Nullity (annulment) or other judgments per the Code of Canon Law.

The Church is aware of the stresses in our modern world associated with marital breakdown and divorce. The Church endeavors to reach out to the pain and hurt of a divorced person, while upholding the permanence of a valid marriage. By declaring null those marriages which fall below the minimum standards set by canon law, the Church protects the dignity of marriage for those couples who have a valid marriage.

The Tribunal is a Church court, which makes investigations of marriages that may be null. Such declarations can often help the divorced person who has remarried or is intending another marriage in the Catholic Church. It may also assist a divorced Catholic who is seeking clarification of his or her status in the church.

Tribunal Documents

Office of Tribunal Directory

Anchorage Office of Tribunal:

Judicial Vicar:
Judge:
Judge:
Defender of the Bond
Case Manager:
Auditor:
Tribunal Assistant:

Fr. Patrick Travers, JCL, JD
Deacon William Finnegan, JCL
Fr. Scott Garrett, JCL
Daniela Knepper
Sr. Joan Oberle, CPPS
Jenny Michaelson, LBSW, MPS
Angelina Cagle, JD, MLIS

907-297-7724
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907-297-7729
907-297-7710

To send an email message to AOA staff use our Archdiocesan contact form. Thank you!

Fairbanks Office of Tribunal: 907-374-9516

  • Tribunal Administrator, Ms. Barbara Thieme Tolliver
    Email: barb@cbna.org

Juneau Office of Tribunal: 907-789-7330

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