The Catholic University of America

Institute on Matrimonial Tribunal Practice

Toward a Ministry of Reconciliation


June 13-24, 2016

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Continuing a tradition that begun in 1967, the School of Canon Law at the Catholic University of America will offer its Institute on Matrimonial Tribunal Practice in matrimonial cases. The Institute, scheduled June 05-26, 2015 at the Theological College on the University campus, is designed for clergy, religious and laity who have not had formal training in tribunal practices and procedures.

Lecturers & Staff:

The Reverend John P. Beal, J.C.D., Institute Director and Ordinary Professor, CUA
The Reverend John J.M. Foster, J.C.D., Vicar General, The Archdiocese of the Military Services
The Reverend Monsignor William King, J.C.D., Vicar General, Diocese of Harrisburg
The Reverend Monsignor C. Michael Padazinski, J.C.D., Judicial Vicar and Chancellor, Archdiocese of San Francisco
The Reverend Monsignor Jerry M. Sherba, J.C.D., Ph.D. Judicial Vicar and Chancellor, Diocese of Raleigh
Ms. Grace-Ann Lewis, M.A., Institute Coordinator


Class of 2015


Class of 2014 Class of 2013
The Institute provides an introduction to the terms and concepts of diocesan tribunal practice and an overview of the procedures and jurisprudence which apply to marriage cases processed in Church courts today. In addition, case study sessions are used to add a practical dimension to the program.
Past participants include those involved in parish ministry and tribunal work, as well as, others interested in the subject matter.