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As a part of the diocesan curia, the Chancellor's principle function is to gather, arrange and safeguard documents and records of the curia. (c. 482, 1).  By definition, the Chancellor is also an ecclesiastical notary and secretary of the curia. (c. 482, 3)  In addition to the canonical responsibilities, currently the Chancellor in the Diocese of Dodge City serves as canonical advisor to the bishop and is appointed Delegate of the Ordinary in order to grant matrimonial dispensations and permissions.

When Does a Priest Need the Faculty to Confirm?

From time to time, clarification is sought as to when a priest must be granted the faculty to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation, whether at the Easter Vigil or at some other time of the year:

A Priest DOES NOT need to be granted the faculty to confirm:
-    When a priest baptizes an adult according to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, he immediately confirms him or her.  (The law provides for this).
[NOTE: The term “adult” for purposes of baptism “is to be applied to all those who, no longer infants, have attained the use of reason.” (c. 852, §2)]
-    When a priest receives a baptized Christian into the Catholic Church according to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, after the Profession of Faith the priest confirms the new member. (The law provides for this).

A Priest DOES NEED to request the faculty to confirm:
-    When a priest confirms a baptized Catholic the priest must request and receive the faculty from the Bishop.

When a priest needs to request the faculty to administer the sacrament of confirmation, email Gayla Kirmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write a letter to Bishop Brungardt requesting the faculty to confirm, stating the date of confirmation and the names of the candidates to be confirmed.

Is this baptism valid?

This question sometimes arises when involved with people in the RCIA process or with couples preparing for marriage.  Determining the validity of someone’s baptism in a particular church is an important detail to address due to the implications it has in relation to receiving other sacraments in the Catholic Church.  Click below for a resource listing some churches without valid baptism.

Some churches without valid baptism


Instruction on Cremation and the Disposition of Ashes

In October 2016 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an Instruction entitled Ad resurgendum cum Christo (To rise with Christ).  CLICK HERE to access the Instruction.

Priest Compensation 2016

The Priest Compensation document, revised annually in July to reflect changes in various aspects of compensation to priests, is now available.  CLICK HERE

This comprehensive document includes the following information:

Active Priests: base salary (and the components that make up that salary), health insurance premium amount, the value of housing

Retired Priests: age of retirement, monthly benefit amount, health insurance & prescription information and housing

General: standard honorarium amounts ("help out"), long term care, continuing education, retreat, moving expense, sabbatical leave policy, personal leave policy and a clarification chart of what are considered parish expenses and what are considered personal expenses of the priest.

If you have any questions, contact Sister Janice (620-227-1527) or Dan Stremel (620-227-1517).

New Norms for Annulment Process

Revisions in the annulment process published by Pope Francis on September 8.  These revisions take effect December 8, 2015 to coincide with the opening of the Year of Mercy.  Click HERE for a summary of the changes.

Testimonial Process

Beginning 1 May 2012 it is required to have on file a testimonial form for any priest (religious or diocesan) or deacon who comes into the Diocese of Dodge City for any ministerial function.

Process for Securing a Testimonial

Testimonial Form Religious Priest

Testimonial Form Religious Priest - Spanish

Testimonial Form Diocesan Priest

Testimonial Form Diocesan Priest - Spanish

Testimonial Form Deacon

Testimonial Form Deacon - Spanish


Though not required at this time, it is encouraged that a testimonial form be submitted as well for any religious or lay person who comes into the Diocese of Dodge City for any ministerial function.

Testimonial Form Religious

Testimonial Form Religious - Spanish

Testimonial Form Laity

Testimonial Form Laity - Spanish

Re-Promulgation of Policies

At the recommendation of the Presbyteral Council, Bishop Brungardt has re-promulgated the following two policies effective 1 September 2014:

Contract Review Policy (click here) This policy provides the required steps to be taken whenever a repair, renovation or construction of $10,000 or more is undertaken.

10-15 Passenger Van Use Policy (click here) This policy prohibits the use of 10-15 passenger vans to transport children or adults.

If you have questions, contact Dan Stremel: 620-227-1517 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pastoral Handbook

The Pastoral Handbook serves as a resource guide for the various aspects of diocesan and parish life.  The Pastoral Handbook contains documents providing background information, universal norms and diocesan norms in the following areas: clergy, sacraments and liturgy, annulment processes, parish finance and safe environment.  The handbook is located in the upper left corner of this page.

Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation Resources

In November 2012 the United States Bishops published a pastoral exhortation entitled "God's Gift of Forgiveness," to encourage the faithful to avail themselves to this wonderful gift of healing and forgiveness.

God's Gift of Forgiveness: A Pastoral Exhortation and Guide for Receiving the Sacrament  English Spanish

Reconciled to Right Relationships, Called to Heal and Restore  English Spanish

Parish Finance Council Charter

To promote stewardship through best practices and to provide guidance to pastors and parish finance councils in their roles and functions, Bishop Brungardt has promulgated the Parish Finance Council Charter for use beginning 1 July 2012.

Article V entitled "Duties/Responsibilities" contains helpful information for these particular subjects: Budgets, Finance Records and Recording, Strategic Planning, Internal Controls, Insurance Issues and other considerations.

If you have any question about the Charter, contact Dan Stremel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 620-227-1517.

The Charter is also located in the Pastoral Handbook (upper left side of this page) under the topic Parish Finance.

Seminarian Information

A new category entitled "Seminarian Information" has been added to the Pastoral Handbook (see upper left corner).  Current documents include Seminarian Financial Policy and Formation Outside the Seminary.  For more information, contact Rev. Wesley Schawe, Director of the Office of Priestly Vocations, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 620-227-1533.

Web Directory of Dioceses and Churches in Mexico

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Requesting sacramental certificates

Click here for information to request sacramental certificates and where to write if a parish has been closed.

Click here for general norms relating to sacramental registers, records and certificates.

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