The principal responsibility of the Chancery Office is to prepare and transmit official legal documents on behalf of the Diocese.,

One of the main areas of work is the registration and forwarding of marriage documents worldwide, for couples where the Catholic party resides in the Diocese of Brentwood.   The aim is to assist both clergy and couples in what can be quite complex preparation of marriage documentation.

Marriage papers are sent to the Chancery Office from the parishes.  It is processed, recorded and then forwarded to the Diocese where the marriage is to take place.    Marriage papers can be submitted no more than 6 months ahead of – but a minimum of 6 weeks before – the date of the wedding.

The Chancery Office also deals with queries regarding Parish Boundaries, Pastoral Statistics, Celebrets, paperwork for Reception into the Church, and Papal Blessings (nb.  Papal Blessings should be applied for via the Parish Priest).

All queries from priests, parishioners, or the general public, can be dealt with by post, email, telephone or fax.

Please note that there are two incoming telephone lines into the Chancery office so, if the voicemail is on, please do leave a message as we may be on the other line.

The Chancery Office is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm (by appointment only)


Chancery Staff

Chancellor Rt Rev Mgr Gordon F Read
Chancery Secretary Miss Michaela Pearce

Parish Statistics

You may download raw Parish statistics from the resources section