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Diocesan Offices

Diocesan Offices

Adult Initiation

Christian Initiation of Adults

Is my non-Catholic baptism valid?

Is an adult seeking to become a Catholic going to become a catechumen or a candidate for full communion with the Catholic Church?  This depends on whether or not they have been validly baptized.  In the fall of 2012, the Office for Canonical Affairs offered a workshop for adult initiation leaders on this topic to answer questions about the validity of baptism and other canon law issues related to initiation. (1/2 hour video)

To view a PDF of the slideshow, click here. (Images removed to reduce size of file.)

Related Initiation Forms & Documents:

Norms for the Preparation for and Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation and First Penance

Adult Initiation Inventory

Sacramental Register Instruction


I was married before.  Can I now become Catholic?

Often adults who approach the Church seeking to become Catholic have complications involving prior marriages.  In the fall of 2012, the Office for Canonical Affairs offered a workshop for adult initiation leaders on how to handle matters related to prior marriages. (1 hour video)

To view a PDF of the slideshow, click here. (Images removed to reduce size of file.)

Related Marriage Forms and Information:

To petition for a declaration of nullity based on a Defect of Consent, click here This file has the preliminary investigation form, petition, and witness list for a formal cause seeking a declaration of marital nullity.  You can fill in the form on the computer, print it out, and bring it to your parish priest or deacon in the Diocese of Honolulu whom you would like to serve as your procurator-advocate.  The priest or deacon completes the last page.  For more information on the process, click here.

To petition for a declaration that a marriage was not binding due to a Lack of Canonical of Form, click here This petition is only for a marriage involving one or two Catholics, if not before a priest or deacon and two witnesses, and if no dispensation from canonical form is granted by the bishop. This applies only to Catholics. Also, it does not require the regular declaration of nullity procedure. Only documents proving that the marriage took place outside the Church without a dispensation and without ever being validated are necessary.

For more information on petitioning for a dissolution of a prior natural marriage by invoking the Pauline privilege, click here.