Phone: 216-696-6525

Toll Free: 1-800-869-6525

Address: 1404 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

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March 24, 2020: The current ‘Stay At Home’ order from the Director of the Ohio Department of Health is seriously affecting the tribunal’s ability to administer cases in the usual manner. While tribunal staff are doing their best to work remotely, the confidential nature of tribunal work means that much of our work cannot be conducted outside of the tribunal office. Tribunal staff continue serve the clergy and lay faithful of the diocese by providing canonical expertise in response to questions that arise. However, please be aware that our ability to respond to questions regarding current tribunal cases is very limited. Thank you for your patience.

For questions about declarations of invalidity in general or specific to your own situation, we recommend that you direct these inquries firstly to your local parish priest, deacon or pastoral minister.

If you need to contact the Tribunal directly with questions, please use one of the following means:

Telephone: 216-696-6525
(Toll-free in Ohio 1-869-6525; Toll-free outside Ohio 1-800-676-4431) 
Dial ext 4000 after using any of the above numbers. 

Usual office hours: 8 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, excluding holidays. Voicemail messages may be left 24/7. Please be prepared to give your case number, if applicable. 

Diocese of Cleveland Tribunal
1404 East Ninth Street, 7th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114-2555
Fax: 216-696-3226

Ministers of the Tribunal

[vacant] – Bishop of Cleveland
Rev. Gary D. Yanus, M.Div., J.C.D. – Judicial Vicar
Rev. Richard Bona, M.A., M. Div, J.C.D. – Adjunct Judicial Vicar
Rev. Charles Strebler, M.A., M.Div., J.C.L. – Adjunct Judicial Vicar
Mr. Vincent Gardiner, M.A., M.A., J.C.L. – Judge
Ms. Lynette M. Tait, M.A., M.C.L., J.C.L. – Judge
Rev. Joseph A. Bacevice, M.Div. – Defender of the Bond
Mr. Carl A. Caldwell, M.A., J.C.B. – Defender of the Bond
Rev. William M. Jerse, M.Div., M.C.L., J.C.L. – Defender of the Bond / Staff Advocate
Rev. A. Jonathan Zingales, J.C.L., Ed.D. – Defender of the Bond / Promoter of Justice
Mrs. Kate E. Fiala – Auditor
Mrs. Amy E. Riggle – Auditor
Rev. Timothy J. Roth, M.A, M.Div. – Auditor
Ms. Moira A. Wopershall, J.D. – Auditor
Rev. Adam A. Zajac, M.A., M.Div. – Auditor
Mrs. Lee Ann Calvert – Office Manager / Notary
Mrs. Amanda L. Hockenberry – Administrative Support / Notary
Mrs. Anita Tokarcik – Administrative Support / Notary

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The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is dedicated to serving the mission of the Church. We welcome all questions via phone or email inquiry.

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