New Case Sponsors

Thank you for agreeing to become a Case Sponsor. Hopefully you have already been approved to attend a training session. If you have not, please talk to your pastor about attending since only those who have the approval of their pastor may enroll.

New Case Sponsor Training Information

The Metropolitan Tribunal staff welcomes you to Case Sponsor certification classes for new Case Sponsors. The role of the Case Sponsor is an important ministry at a critical time in peoples’ lives. It is essential that Case Sponsors have an adequate current knowledge of the procedures and grounds used by Tribunals to hear and judge marriage cases.

What is covered?

  • Concept of Validity and Invalidity
  • What is Required for a Valid Marriage
  • What are the Sources of Invalidity
  • The Role of a Case Sponsor
  • Procedures and Grounds
  • Interview Techniques

Upcoming Case Sponsor Workshops

The Metropolitan Tribunal will be hosting a mandatory workshop for all active Case Sponsors and those interested in becoming a Case Sponsor.  The workshop will be offered on three different weekends and the content will be the same at each session.  Individuals need only attend one workshop.  The dates and times of the workshops are:

  • Saturday September 22, 10am to Noon
  • Saturday October 13, 10am to Noon
  • Saturday November 10, 10am to Noon

The workshop will be conducted in English and will be held at the Chancery offices located at 2401 Lake Park Drive SE in Smyrna.  Please note, this workshop is for deacons and laypersons only; priests need not attend.

If you have any questions, please contact the Metropolitan Tribunal at 404-920-7500.

If you are considering becoming a new Case Sponsor, you must attend all sessions.

NOTE: Class materials and food will be provided at no cost to registered participants.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine DiMartino at 404-920-7509.

Please Review

If you are registered, please print and review the following material BEFORE you arrive at the New Case Sponsor Training. Be sure to bring your copies with you to the training, along with any questions you might have about this material. Our intention in giving you this information before we meet is to have you “ready to learn” by the time you arrive at the training site.


Case Sponsor Handbook

914.93 KB | Updated: October 24, 2016


Checklist for Submitting Formal and Informal Cases

500.57 KB | Updated: October 24, 2016


Comment MP MiDI 2015 Revised

233.84 KB | Updated: October 24, 2016


Metropolitan Tribunal Vocabulary

86.11 KB | Updated: July 20, 2015


Ministry of the Case Sponsor

28.57 KB | Updated: July 20, 2015


Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus FAQ

357.60 KB | Updated: October 24, 2016


Official Motu Proprio 2

171.47 KB | Updated: October 24, 2016


Subsidium for the application of the M.P. Mitis ludex

2.92 MB | Updated: October 24, 2016


Theology of Marriage

33.73 KB | Updated: July 20, 2015


Understanding Formal vs Informal Cases

35.35 KB | Updated: July 20, 2015


What Is Involved in Being a Case Sponsor

36.65 KB | Updated: July 20, 2015

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