Metropolitan Tribunal

The Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal, as defined in Canon Law, is an extension of the Archbishop's Judicial Ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and, as such, is concerned in a special way with the quest for justice. Grounded upon, and obedient to, the Magisterial teachings of the Church, the Metropolitan Tribunal serves as a means of delineating responsibilities and protecting rights as they are authentically proclaimed and legitimately codified in Church Law. 

In addition to studying requests for nullity petitions, and Privilege of the Faith petitions, other services include:

  • Acts as a resource to the Archbishop in canonical matters.
  • Serves as a consultative agency for priests, religious, and laity regarding canonical policy.
  • Assists agencies and institutions of the Archdiocese with information of policy or programs related to marriages.
  • Serves as a public relations agency and/or a source of information with regards to canonical matters.
  • Serves as Court of First Instance for petitions challenging the validity of marriages and adjudicating the rights of physical and juridic persons.
  • Serves as Court of Second Instance for non-matrimonial cases that are not reserved to the Holy See.

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Metropolitan Tribunal Staff

Judicial Vicar
Very Rev. R. Lucien Millette, J.C.L.

Promoter of Justice
Very Rev. Trung Nguyen,  J.C.L.

Ms. Anne Bryant, J.C.L.

Very Rev. Lawrence W. Jozwiak, J.C.L. 
Rev. Trung V. Nguyen, J.C.L.
Rev. Thu Ngoc Nguyen, J.C.L.
Rev. Stanly Francis, S.A.C., J.C.L.
Mr. Ryan Fitzgerald, J.C.L.

Defenders of the Bond
Mr. Jose Garcia, J.C.L.
Rev. Alberto A. Maullon, Jr., J.C.L.

Office Staff
Mrs. Donna Grupa
Mrs. Jennifer Nguyen
rs. Karina Herrera-Inzunza
Mrs. Cheva Cervantes
Mrs. Ellie Zeitzmann
Ms. Jeanette Granados
Ms. Liliana Guevara


Mailing Address:

Metropolitan Tribunal
P.O. Box 907
Houston, TX 77001-0907

713-807-9296 - Fax