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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.

Priest Compensation 2019

Click HERE for the Clergy Compensation document which becomes effective 1 July 2019.  Only a few changes were made from the previous document:

- the amount of premium for priest health insurance was updated (p. 1, #4)

- the amount of retirement benefit was increased by $50 per month to $2,350 (p. 2, #4)

Items remaining the same are priest salary ($2,625 per month) and the value of priest housing ($500 per month).

Use of Low-Gluten Hosts and Mustum

In 2016 the U.S. Bishop's Conference (USCCB) updated its article "Celiac Disease, Alcohol Intolerance, and the Church's Pastoral Response."

Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  For those with the disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response in the small intestine.  In 2012, it was estimated 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease, but 1.4 million are unaware they have it.  The lay faithful who are not able to receive Holy Communion at all under the species of bread, even of low-gluten hosts, may receive Holy Communion under the species of wine only.  Mustum is defined as grape juice in which fermentation has begun, but has been suspended with the result that its alcohol content (usually less than 1.0%) does not reach the levels found in most table wines.

As is noted in this document, it is within the competence of the diocesan Bishop to permit priests, deacons or the laity to use low-gluten hosts or mustum for the celebration of the Eucharist.  Bishop Brungardt hereby delegates this authority to priests to allow members of the lay faithful to use low-gluten hosts or mustum habitually for as long as the situation warrants.

The last page of the article provides information where to obtain low-gluten hosts and mustum.

Bishops recently received from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments a "Circular Letter on the Bread and Wine for the Eucharist."  This document offers a reminder of the valid matter that is required for the bread and wine used in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Also recently, Bishop Brungardt provided to priests links to reputable Catholic suppliers of altar wines.

Celiac Disease, Alcohol Intolerance, and the Church's Pastoral Response (2012, updated 2016)

Circular Letter to Bishops on the Bread and Wine for the Eucharist (2017)

Link to Altar Wine supplier F.C. Ziegler

Link to Altar Wine supplier Assumption Abbey

Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities

During its Spring session, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the revision of the "Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities" originally published in 1995.

The Guidelines reflect the pastoral response of the U.S. Bishops to the growth in knowledge and understanding of the gifts and needs of individuals in parish communities who live with disabilities and their desire for full participation in the sacramental life of the Church.  In addition to stating general principles to be followed for the celebration of the sacraments in this revised document, the Bishops address each specific sacrament and the issues pertinent to that sacrament for persons with various disabilities. (from the press release of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability)

Guideline for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities (revised 2017)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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