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The Chancellor of the diocese is Meredith Cook, Esq.

The Chancellor is responsible for:

The supervision and maintenance of the diocesan archive, including the historical archives

Coordinating all civil legal affairs for the diocese, including the parishes, schools, and institutions of the diocese

Reviewing applications for inclusion in the Group Ruling of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Serving as the principal ecclesiastical notary to the Bishop of Manchester

Providing letters of suitability for priests of the diocese seeking canonical permission to exercise sacred ministry in another diocese. The "Request for Statement of Suitability Form" is available on the Extranet under the Priestly LIfe and Ministry heading.

Group Ruling Information

2023 USCCB Group Ruling Determination Letter (November 2, 2023)

Group Ruling Explanation (November 29, 2023)

USCCB Group Ruling - Frequently Asked Questions (May 22, 2020)

Group Exemptions - IRS Publication 4573

Group Ruling Application and Instructions

Procedures and Instructions for Form 0928A (September 1, 2017)

Form 0928A, Application for Inclusion in USCCB Group Ruling

Form 0928A Section J - 509(a)(3) Supporting Organizations

Form 0928A Section K - Homes for the Elderly or Disabled

Form 0928A Section L - Low Income Housing

Form 0928A Section M - Foreign Religious Orders

Form 0928A Section N - Schools

Form 0928A Section O - Hospitals

Official Catholic Directory

Request for Asterisked Listing in Official Catholic Directory (September 1, 2017)


USCCB Political Activity Guidelines

Archives of the Diocese of Manchester

Obtaining Sacramental Records

Downloadable Documents

Diocesan Records Retention Policy

Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations

Initiation of Canonical Recourse (English) 04.04 - EnglishEspañol

Parish Movie Night—Copyright Infringement?