Tribunal Resources

Workshops and Training

Parish Advocate Training Set for 2021

If you are interested in being trained as a Parish Advocate to accompany persons throughout the annulment process, our training for 2021 has been set.

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

Introductory Parish Advocate Training - March 2-4, 2021 - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Training Announcement

Parish Advocate Job Description

Registration Form - Registration is closed.

Advanced Parish Advocate Training - September 14-16, 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