Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York



The Tribunal of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is under the direction of the Bishop of Ogdensburg and is supervised by his delegate, the Judicial Vicar also entitled Presiding Judge. Associated with the Judicial Vicar are Adjutant Judicial Vicars, Associates Judges, Defenders of the Bond, Auditors and the Office Manager.

The major responsibility of the Tribunal is marriage nullity cases. The guidelines used by the Tribunal are the Gospel teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the law of the Catholic Church. Pope Pius XI defined the work of the Tribunal in the words, “To care for the dignity of marriage, to work for the good of persons.”

The Tribunal staff includes Reverend Garry Giroux, JCL, Judicial Vicar; Reverend Monsignor Harry K. Snow, JCL, Adjutant Judicial Vicar; Reverend Philip T. Allen, BA, Adjutant Judicial Vicar; and Elaine G. Seymour, Moderator.

The Office of Canonical Affairs serves as a resource for canonical questions. Special questions are researched.

One can learn more about the Matrimonial Tribunal and the Office of Canonical Affairs and marriage nullity cases by contacting our office.