Chancery Office

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The Chancery includes those offices and persons who directly assist the bishop in the pastoral and administrative governance of the Diocese of Little Rock. 

On behalf of the bishop, the Chancery expedites canonical matters, processes prenuptial documents for marriages, collects and preserves diocesan and parish records, assists parishes and priests with civil matters, maintains files, collects statistical information, facilitates communications with other dioceses and directs inquirers to appropriate sources. For more information, see the following:

Safe Environment Program — Under the direction of the chancellor for canonical affairs, this program coordinates the diocese’s safe environment education and training efforts. For more information, contact Deacon Matt Glover, chancellor for canonical affairsat (501) 664-0340.

Diocese of Little Rock Archives — The purpose of our archives is to collect, preserve and make available for research historical records that document the presence and mission of the Catholic Church in Arkansas.

The diocesan policy is to keep our records closed. We can do research on a time available basis upon request. For more information, contact Susi Blancodiocesan archivist, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 313.

Sacramental Records — The diocese maintains records of baptisms and marriages. Requests for baptismal certificates for marriage should be made to the parish of baptism.

For a listing of the current parishes, visit the Parish Directory. If unsure of the parish of baptism or marriage, to locate sacramental records of parishes that have closed or for other sacramental record inquiries, contact Susi Blanco, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 313.

Diocese of Little Rock Library — Provides a lending library of audio-visual materials, books and reference materials. The library is located in Morris Hall at St. John Catholic Center. For more information, visit the library.

Religious Immigration — The Chancery handles all immigration issues concerning priests, seminarians and religious serving the Diocese of Little Rock. For more information, contact Sunny Vongsaravaneimmigration specialist, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 366.

Diocesan Norms and Guidelines on Parish Pastoral and Finance Councils — These guidelines are intended to provide ideas and suggestions to aid pastors and council members in the tasks of organizing councils, selecting and electing/appointing members to serve on the councils and in preparing for and conducting council meetings. 

Diocesan Norms — English or Spanish (PDF files)

Diocesan Guidelines — English or Spanish (PDF files)