The Diocesan Council
The Diocesan Council, normally meeting under the presidency of the Diocesan Bishop, is the permanent executive body of the Diocesan Administration which exists for the purpose of implementing the decisions of the Diocesan Assembly and continues the work of the Assembly between its sessions.
The Diocesan Council shall consist of:
The Diocesan Bylaws may provide for the appointment of non-voting members to the Council.
The Diocesan Bishop, or Locum Tenens, shall be the chairman of the Diocesan Council, but in his absence, an Auxiliary Bishop or a priest designated by the Diocesan Bishop, or Locum Tenens, may preside at a particular meeting of the Council.
The Diocesan Council shall elect such other officers as may be needed to carry out its functions, as provided in the Diocesan Bylaws.
Terms of Office and Vacancies in Office
Terms of office and the means of filling vacancies on the Diocesan Council shall be as provided in the Diocesan Bylaws.
Quorum and Voting
The following matters are within the competence of the Diocesan Council. The Diocesan Council shall:
The Diocesan Officers
The Diocesan Bishop shall appoint a Chancellor and a Treasurer, who shall perform such duties as assigned to them by the Diocesan Bishop, the Diocesan Assembly, and the Diocesan Council. The Diocesan Bishop shall appoint such other officers as may be provided for in the Diocesan Bylaws to ensure the efficient operation of the Diocesan Administration.
The Diocesan Officers work under the direct supervision of the Bishop and report to the Diocesan Council of which they are ex officio members.
The Diocesan Officers shall implement the decisions of the Diocesan Council under the supervision of the Diocesan Bishop.
The Diocesan Officers shall assure the proper maintenance of both the active and archival records of the Diocese and assist parishes and institutions of the Diocese in the proper maintenance of their own active and archival records.
When the office of the Diocesan Bishop is vacant, the Chancellor shall safeguard the particular patrimony of the Diocese until a new Diocesan Bishop is elected.
The Auditing Committee, consisting of three persons with relevant professional experience, shall be elected by the Diocesan Assembly. The Auditing Committee shall audit annually the accounts of the Diocesan Administration with respect to all diocesan funds and the funds of all diocesan institutions. The Auditing Committee shall report its findings to the Diocesan Council and the Diocesan Assembly. Members of the Auditing Committee may attend sessions of the Diocesan Council to make its report. Vacancies in the Auditing Committee shall be filled by the Diocesan Bishop in consultation with the Diocesan Council, pending the convening of the next Diocesan Assembly. Matters relating to terms of office, method of election, and further duties shall be as defined in the Diocesan Bylaws.