Tribunal Resources

Workshops and Training

Parish Advocate Training Set for 2021

To be appointed as a Parish Advocate, individuals must attend both Introductory and Advanced training. These programs are held at Christ the King Retreat Center in Citrus Heights. All participants from the Diocese of Sacramento must be approved by their pastor or parochial administrator.

For questions, please contact Cheryl Tholcke, Moderator of the Tribunal Chancery, 916-733-0231 or

Advanced Parish Advocate Training - September 14-16, 2021

Parish Advocate Job Description

Advanced Training Registration Form - Registration deadline is September 1, 2021.


Presentation on the Annulment Process

Presentations may be scheduled for parishes and/or deaneries by contacting Cheryl Tholcke at the Tribunal: 916-733-0231 or

Father Mark Richards, JCL, Judicial Vicar, and Cheryl M. Tholcke, Moderator of the Tribunal Chancery, present an overview of the Church's annulment process. Time is allotted for questions and answers, as well as time to speak privately with one of them or an appointed Parish Advocate.


December 8, 2015

Letter from the Moderator of the Tribunal Chancery and Judicial Vicar

September 15, 2015

Regarding POPE FRANCIS - Mitis Iudex, Dominus Iesus
Letter from the Judicial Vicar and Moderator of the Tribunal Chancery