Office of the Chancery
Good Standing Request
This Testimonial of Suitability for Priestly Ministry is required for priests/deacons visiting the Diocese of Boise: Please contact the Chancellor a minimum of four weeks before you will be in the Diocese.
Office of the Chancery
Much of the work of the Chancery is in relationship with the Holy See, national Catholic organizations, local parishes, Catholic institutions and pastoral leadership. In this respect, the office of the Chancery provides multiple services to the Diocese, parishes, communities and individuals.
Listed below are some of the services provided.
Archives: The purpose of our archives is to collect, preserve, and make available to research these historical records which document the presence and mission of the Catholic church in Idaho. The diocesan policy is to keep our records closed. We can do research on a time available basis upon request.
Papal Audience: Papal Audiences are held on Wednesdays if the Pope is in Rome, giving pilgrims and visitors the chance to "see the Pope" and receive the Papal Blessing or Apostolic Blessing from the successor of the Apostle Peter during their visit. Please go here for more information and to request tickets: http://www.papalaudience.org/tickets.html
The Papal Audience is usually scheduled to start at 10:00am. However, you will find that most people will arrive early (up to 3 hours before) to get a good seat. Security opens generally at 8:00am. Pope Francis has made it very clear that EVERYONE is welcome to attend (with or without a ticket) so please do not be discouraged from attending if you do not have a ticket.
The other opportunity to see the Pope is on a Sunday at 12 noon when he is in Rome. He will appear from the window of is apartment where he gives a short speech followed by the Angelus and ending with a blessing. He may also greet the crowds in various languages and the whole event usually lasts around 15-20mins. He will impart the Apostolic Blessing at the end of the prayer. You DO NOT need tickets for the Sunday Angelus.
Papal blessings are now requested directly from Office of Papal Charities, NOT via the local diocese. You can learn about and request Papal Blessings at the website of the Office of Papal Charities in the Vatican City State. Requests will only be accepted in person at the Vatican or via the online form; mailed or faxed requests are not possible.
Sacramental Records: Parishes have five types of Sacramental records: Baptismal, Marriage, Death, First Communion and Confirmation records. The information in the records can vary from parish to parish. According to the Code of Canon Law, pastors are required to maintain Sacramental records. The Code specifies what kind of information is to be reported in those records. In the Diocese of Boise, Sacramental records dating from approximately 1960 are kept at the parish of baptism. Older records are kept at the Chancery Office. It is Diocesan policy to keep our records closed. We can research information requests on a time available basis.
Statistical Data: The Chancery is responsible for gathering and maintaining all statistical records for the Diocese.
Official Catholic Directory (OCD) forms will be available electronically at a later date for:
Religious Immigration: The Diocese of Boise works directly with USCCB – Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) for all immigration issues concerning priests, seminarians and religious communities.
Real Estate: The Chancery oversees all real estate and property issues for the Diocese.
Collections: All diocesan collections are determined and approved by the Bishop on an annual basis. Any other collections must be authorized by the Bishop.