The “Declaration of Defection” is a standard form so, without the cover letter, the rest of the document is just as valid anywhere in the world as it is in Ireland. Print it out, fill in the details and then find the address of the parochial house or bishop’s office of the diocese in which you are resident.


You can download a completely blank form here.


Note that for those in non-English speaking countries, it may be necessary to translate the document into the local language.


There are some existing internet resources that can help people in particular countries:


Finally, for detailed information on defection procedures in a range of countries, take a look at the excellent website.


For more information on the defection process in general, please consult the How and Why pages, and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


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