Council of Priests

The Council of Priests is the Bishop’s primary consultative body.

Bishops are successors of the Apostles who are entrusted by Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, with care of the flock. The Council of Priests exists to give the Bishop the best possible advice and counsel in ministering to the needs of the baptised faithful. The Council helps the Bishop fulfil his vocation of preaching the Gospel, celebrating the mysteries and governing the Diocese in accord with the law of the Church.

The Council of Priests consists of a variety of priests who represent secular and religious priests who minister in the Diocese. The Council is composed of ex officio members, appointees of the Bishop and other priests who are elected by the priests of the Diocese.

The Council of Priests has a consultative vote, but in more serious matters, determined by Church law, the Bishop must obtain the consent of the Council to act.