In every curia a chancellor is to be appointed whose principal function, unless particular law establishes otherwise, is to take care that the acts (official diocesan documents) of the curia are gathered, arranged, and safeguarded in the archive of the curia. - Code of Canon Law
By church law, the Chancellor is also an ecclesiastical (Church) notary within the curia, whose signature establishes authenticity for any acts, for judicial acts only, or for acts of a specific case.
The Chancellor’s duties include:
In the Diocese of Providence, the Chancellor is also the Bishop’s delegate for granting marriage dispensations and permissions, and works with the Vicars-General to advise and counsel the Bishop in the interpretation and application of canon law within the Diocese. The Chancellor also serves as secretary for diocesan (non-parish) corporations and authorizes the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and maintains records of those appointed.
The Office of the Chancellor processes requests for Papal Blessings and tickets to Papal Audiences.