Clergy Attestation Letters
- Attestation Letters - Entire Text of the Policy Statement
Clergy and laity participating in the annual Missionary Co-operative Appeals must submit their attestation letters directly to the Erie Office of Diocesan and International Missions.
- Requesting an Attestation Letter From the Diocese of Erie
- Date, time and place (complete address) of the liturgical event
- Name and address of the person to whom the letter is to be sent
- Requesting an Apostolic (Papal) Blessing in the Diocese of Erie
The Apostolic Blessing, or papal blessing, is a blessing imparted by the Pope, either directly or by delegation through others. Apostolic Blessings with certificates are offered by the Holy Father to the Catholic Faithful for certain special occasions, including sacraments, anniversaries, and birthdays. There are two versions of the Apostolic (Papal) Blessing certificates available: an 11 x 15-inch parchment from the Vatican, and an 8 ½ x 11-inch paper from the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C.
Apostolic Blessing parchments may be ordered directly from the Vatican. Please visit www.elemosineria.va for details and instructions.
When requesting a blessing for the following, please ask your parish priest to complete the nihil obstat (attestation that you are a Catholic in good standing) on the form.
- Marriage Anniversaries
- Catholic Individuals or Families
Paper certificates may be ordered from the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC. Requests should be addressed to:
The Most Reverend Christophe Pierre
3339 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008-3610
The request must include:
- A recommendation from a parish priest of the person(s) to whom the blessing is to be imparted, or from a priest familiar with the person(s), attesting to his/her/their good standing in the Catholic Church. The request should be on the parish letterhead and have the parish seal. Click here for a sample letter.
- In the case of a wedding, both parties should be Catholics. (For anniversaries, it is sufficient that one of the members is Catholic.)
- For priests, parishes, associations or organizations, the request should be presented by the Diocesan Bishop.
- For religious, the request should come from their superior.
- The name(s) of the people to receive the blessing
- The occasion to be celebrated (such as weddings, anniversaries of a special nature -25th, 50th, 60th-, special Birthdays -80th, 90th, 100th and so on- religious profession, first communions, confirmations) A general blessing for no specific occasion may also be requested. In this case, please offer an explanation.
- The date of the occasion being celebrated
- If a wedding, Baptism, first Communion, Confirmation & Ordination, the name of the church, its city and state
- The diocese to which the person(s) to receive the blessing belongs
- The address to which the certificate is to be mailed
Notes from the Nunciature:
- It is not possible to grant blessings posthumously.
- It is not customary to grant a blessing for the occasion of a birth.
- It is not possible to grant a blessing for an event that took place in the past, especially if more than a year has elapsed. The same is true for an event that will take place in the distant future.
- It is not possible for the Apostolic Nuncio to the US to grant a blessing to someone outside of the United States.
- It is not possible to issue more than one copy of a Papal Blessing certificate for the same occasion.
If you have any questions, please contact Maria Caulfield at 814-824-1130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.