The Chancellor is appointed by the Bishop and serves the principal function, unless particular law establishes otherwise, to take care that acts of the curia are gathered, arranged, and safeguarded in the archive of the curia. The Chancellor is responsible for the orderly arrangement and accessibility of the records and files that keep the diocese running and are its recorded history. The chancellor is also the official notary on the documents issued by the diocesan bishop.
In addition, the Chancellor shares in the power of governance in a diocese by issuing decrees and rescripts. The office of the chancellor helps disseminate information to clergy, parishes, and the Catholic faithful that may be beneficial to the people of the diocese.