The Diocesan Spiritual Court

The Diocesan Spiritual Court is the court of first instance. Clergy and laymen are subject to the Diocesan Spiritual Court:

A) in matters concerning the declaration of invalid and illegal marriages;

B) in cases calling for the attestation as to the validity of marriages and legitimacy of birth;

C) for various misdeeds and crimes which subject the guilty parties to penance by the Church, to the curtailment of church rights, or excommunication from the Church.

For official correspondence:
Eastern American Diocese
Attn: Spiritual Court
210 Alexander Avenue
Howell, NJ 07731


Reasons for Dissolution of Marriage

Guidelines for Church Divorce Petitioners

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Archpriest George Zelenin

Chairman of the Spiritual Court
Phone: (973) 595-6674

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Archpriest Ilya Gorsky
Rector of Holy Virgin Protection Church - Nyack, NY

Archpriest Petro Kunitsky
Cleric of Holy New Martyrs of Russia Church - Brookyn, NY

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Priest Serge Ledkovsky
Secretary of the Spiritual Court
Phone: (732) 928-1248