Metropolitan Tribunal


*NEW DATES:  Fall 2017 Nullity Case Sponsor Training in English

Due to Hurricane Harvey this year's Fall 2017 Nullity Case Sponsor Training had to be rescheduled.  The new dates are as follows:

Saturday, January 13, 2018, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 


For those who are unable to attend the new dates, we will be able to issue refunds for any payments that we received. Please contact the Tribunal right away.

For questions please call the Tribunal 713-807-9286 or toll free 1-877-674-5801.  


Important Update regarding the Metropolitan Tribunal in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey:

First and foremost, all of us at the Tribunal wish to express our prayer and solidarity with everyone who has been affected by this storm. As a part of the Houston community, we too have been grieving over the past few days as our friends and neighbors and families suffered from the effects of this devastating flood.

We have already received several inquiries from people who were concerned that the Metropolitan Tribunal may have flooded and lost their cases. I am happy to tell you that the Metropolitan Tribunal did not flood and that all of your case files are still safely with us.

Additionally, if you had a due date for some required action that was missed due to the Hurricane Harvey or its aftermath, please contact us when you are able so that we can make the necessary adjustments.

I do, however, want to inform you about possible delays in the coming weeks. While the Metropolitan Tribunal itself was not affected, the flooding has impacted our staff and their families. Therefore, I ask for your patience with any delays that may result as our staff recovers from the effects of the storm and work towards normal efficiency.

Finally, we have made the decision to reschedule the upcoming Fall 2017 Nullity Case Sponsor Training.  The new dates are as follows:

January 13 and 20, 2018

February 3 and 17, 2018

March 3 and 17, 2018

For those who are unable to attend the new dates, we will be able to issue refunds for any payments that we received.

In the meantime, we ask for your prayers. Be assured that we are united in prayer and support for each and every single one of you and your families.

Your servant in Christ,

Fr. Luke Millette, JCL


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.

Adjutant Judicial Vicar 
Rev. Richard A. Wahl, C.S.B., J.C.L.

Promoter of Justice
Rev. John E. Cahoon, J.C.L.

Ms. Anne Bryant, J.C.L.

Very Rev. Lawrence W. Jozwiak, J.C.L. 
Rev. Eric Pitre
Rev. Trung V. Nguyen, J.C.L.
Rev. Thu Ngoc Nguyen, J.C.L.
Mr. Greg Caridi, J.C.L.
Mr. Tom Sundaram, J.C.L.

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

Office Staff
Mrs. Donna Grupa
Ms. Maria del Carmen Gonzalez
Mrs. Jennifer Nguyen
Mrs. Karina Herrera-Inzunza
Mrs. Shannon Ferrell
Mrs. Erin Rodriguez
Mrs. Cheva Cervantes