Every diocese is required to have a Chancellor as stated in Canon Law:

“In every curia a chancellor is to be appointed whose principal function, unless particular law establishes otherwise, is to take care that acts of the curia are gathered, arranged, and safeguarded in the archive of the curia.” (Can. 482 §1.) If it seems necessary, the chancellor can be given an assistant. (§2.)

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:

  • Drawing up the acts and instruments regarding decrees, dispositions, obligations, or other things which require their action;
  • Recording faithfully in writing on any decree what has taken place and to sign it with a notation of the place, day, month, and year;
  • Having observed what is required, to furnish acts or instruments to one who legitimately requests them from the records, and to declare copies of them to be in conformity with the original.

Meet Our Chancellor and Assistant Chancellors

The Reverend Ryan Lerner was appointed Chancellor by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair on December 12, 2016.

Ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2014, Reverend Ryan M. Lerner studied at Trinity College and the Catholic University of America. He served at St. Margaret Parish in Madison as a Parochial Vicar, and in July 2015 he was appointed Secretary to the Archbishop. In November 2015, he was given the role of Vice Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Hartford. In addition to his role as Chancellor, Fr. Lerner is Chaplain of the Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale University.

Sister Clare Millea, ASCJ was appointed Assistant Chancellor on March 1, 2019, by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair.

Sister Clare is a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus religious congregation whose provincial house is in Hamden, Connecticut. She holds a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, a Master Degree and Professional Diploma in School Psychology from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Seton Hill University in Greensburgh, Pennsylvania. Sister Clare also directs the Office of Faith and Culture of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The Reverend Matthew Gworek was appointed Assistant Chancellor by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair on December 13, 2019.

Ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2016, Fr. Matt graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2010 and then completed his seminary studies and formation at the Catholic University of America. He served as a Parochial Vicar at Saint Mary Church in Branford and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Hamden. He then moved to Toronto, Canada to complete a media and communications internship at Salt + Light TV before being named the Secretary to the Archbishop in March 2019. In addition to his work as Vice Chancellor and Secretary to the Archbishop, Fr. Matt is currently the Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Hartford and serves as the Roman Catholic Priest Associate at Trinity College.