The Judicial Vicar (Officialis) of the Diocese of Albany constitutes one Tribunal with the Bishop of Albany.  The Tribunal resolves judicial conflicts in the Catholic Church.  On behalf of separated and divorced persons, the Tribunal promotes the Gospel by receiving and investigating petitions for an ecclesiastical declaration of matrimonial nullity.  The process of the inquiry opens a path toward healing and peace for those who seek our pastoral care.

The canon lawyers of our department also provide advice and counsel to pastors and all ministers who collaborate with them concerning pastoral situations or questions that arise; feel free to contact the Tribunal at any time.  Additionally, our department processes all requests for dispensations or permissions related to the celebration of marriage.

The office hours for the Tribunal are 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.


Rev. Matthew H. Frisoni, STL, JCL
Rev. David V. Berberian, JCL
Rev. James I. Donlon, JCD
Dcn. Andrew P. Haskins, JCL
Mr. J. Michael Ritty, PhD, JCL

Auditor and Assessor

Donna B. Haskins


Anne Schmidt and Yvonne Leo