Tribunal

THE TRIBUNAL

MARRIAGE ANNULMENTS

(A Ministry of Healing)

Jesus Christ taught a higher standard for marriage than the Law of Moses which allowed a man to divorce his wife. Jesus taught that from the beginning marriage was from God and the bond of marriage could not be broken (Mk. 10:2-12; Mt. 19:2-12; Lk 16:18; 1 Cor. 7:10). Since the time of the Apostles questions about marriage have been brought to the leaders of the Church like St. Paul (cf. 1 Cor. 7:12-16). Today the Diocesan Bishop receives requests to examine the validity of marriage according to the Code of Canon Law. The Tribunal appointed by the Bishop accepts petitions for nullity, gathers testimony, and renders decisions according to the universal law and procedures of the Catholic Church. The work of the Tribunal is a ministry of healing for those who seek God’s justice and mercy.

THE TRIBUNAL STAFF 

Mailing Address                              Street Address
P.O. Box 2030                                  1925 Delaware Ave.
Wilmington, DE 19899-2030               Wilmington, DE 19806

Phone    (302) 573-3107                   FAX    (302) 573-6947

Judicial Vicar                                 
Rev. Msgr. George J. Brubaker, J.C.L.  

Judges

Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Rebman, J.C.L.

Rev. Dennis Volmi, J.C.D.
Ms. Jacqueline Hannem, J.C.L.

Defenders of the Bond
Jack D. Anderson, J.C.D.
Rev. Cyprian Rosen, OFM Cap.J.C.L.
Sr. Patricia Smith, OSF, J.C.D.

Auditor
Deacon Francis J. Staab

Office Supervisor
Mrs. JoAnn Kubasko 

Administrative Assistants/Notaries   

                                   Mrs. Gail Esposito 

Advocates  Advocates are appointed by the Bishop to help petitioners in the diocese to present to the tribunal petitions for marriage nullity.

DIOCESAN MARRIAGE ADVOCATES

Christ Our King,Wilmington:
   Deacon William J. Johnston, Jr.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Perryville, MD:
Judy A. Hyde
Church of the Holy Child, Wilmington:
Deacon Joseph A. Cilia Jr.
Holy Cross, Dover:
James G. McGiffin, Joseph Parlett, Jr.
Deacon William J. Murrian
Holy Name of Jesus, Pocomoke City, MD:
   Deacon Thomas S. Cimino, Ellen Cimino
Holy Spirit, New Castle:
Deacon Patrick K. Johnston
Immaculate Conception, Elkton, MD:
Roberta Mayfield Truman, Michael A. Truman
Immaculate Conception, Wilmington:
Sr. Joan Marie Lewis, SSJ
St. Ann, Bethany Beach:
   Deacon Dennis L. Hayden, Joseph F. Nelan, Claire A. Nelan,
Deacon Edward J. Danko, Sr.
St. Ann, Wilmington:
   Ann F. Trzuskowski
St. Catherine of Siena, Wilmington:
Deacon Francis J. Staab
St. Christopher, Chester, MD:
   Vy. Rev. Paul F. Jennings
St. Edmond, Rehoboth Beach:
   John A. Smith, Anna V. Smith
Pete Nellius
St. Elizabeth, Wilmington:
Deacon David M. DeGhetto
St. Frances de Sales, Salisbury, MD:
Sr. Agnes Oman, CSB
St. John the Apostle, Milford/St. Bernadette, Harrington:
  
Deacon James D. Malloy
St. Joseph, Middletown:
   Deacon Fred Wendt, Deacon John J. Falkowski, Jr.,
Jo-Ann Baca
St. Joseph On the Brandywine, Wilmington:
   Deacon Edmund Lynch
St. Jude the Apostle, Lewes:
Alfred R. Bestwick
St. Luke, Ocean City, MD:
   Deacon Edward G. Holson
St. Mary of the Assumption, Hockessin:
   Deacon John Giacci, Flora L. Giacci
St. Matthew, Wilmington:
   Deacon Harold R. Chalfant, Janet Chalfant,
Deacon Michael T. Wilber, Deacon William A. Kaper,
Nancy Kaper
St. Polycarp, Smyrna:
   Deacon Charles Robinson, Maureen Robinson

                            Abogados que hablan Español

St. Ann, Bethany Beach:
   Joseph F. Nelan

St. Francis de Sales, Salisbury, MD:
   Hermana Agnes Oman, CSB

Due Process Commission: Clerk of the Commission:
Rev. Msgr. George J. Brubaker, J.C.L.
   P.O. Box 2030
Wilmington, De 19899
Phone: (302) 573-3107           

If you are interested in further information on the annulment process please call the tribunal office directly.  Phone: (302) 573-3107.  After some initial clarifying questions by a tribunal staff member, an advocate will contact you to assist you in preparing your petition to present it to the court, and to offer you guidance and canonical assistance throughout the proceedings.