212 – Parish Trustees

Last Updated: 11/27/2018

I. Purpose

To ensure that relevant records are preserved and that key employees are notified of record preservation requirements in the event of current or anticipated litigation relating to the parish.

II. Definitions

“Archbishop” means the sitting Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis ( or the appointed Apostolic Administrator).

“Archdiocese” means that certain corporate entity formed, maintained and existing under Minnesota Section 315.16 with the Minnesota Business Name: “The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis”.

“Archdiocese Territory” means the (12) counties of the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area: Ramsey, Hennepin, Washington, Dakota, Anoka, Carver, Wright, Scott, Chisago, LeSueur, Rice, and Goodhue; and those persons outside the geographical territory over whom the Archdiocese has the ability to direct or control.

“Family Member” means a spouse, parent, child or spouse of a child, brother, sister, or spouse of a brother or sister, or person living in the same household of a responsible person.

“Parish” means a parish within the Archdiocese Territory that is Archdiocese-recognized as Catholic.

“Parish Corporate Board” (Board) means the Archbishop, the Vicar General, the Pastor, and the two appointed lay Trustees of the Parish corporation and, according to the Certificate of Incorporation, have the power to transact all business of the corporation.

“Parish Finance Council” means the canonical consultative body established in a Parish in accordance with canon 537 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the policy of the Archdiocese, which provides consultation to the Pastor from a cross-section of parishioners to share their thoughts and insights on financial topics in service to the mission of a specific Parish.

“Parish Pastoral Council” means the canonical consultative body established in a Parish in accordance with canon 536 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the policy of the Archdiocese, which provides consultation to the Pastor from a cross-section of parishioners to share thoughts and insights in service to the mission of a specific Parish.

“Pastor” a Parish Pastor or a parochial administrator, as the case may be.

“Trustees” means the two lay members of the Parish appointed to serve as members and officers of the Parish corporation, in accordance with Minnesota Statutes Section 315 .15.

“Vicar General” means the priest or auxiliary bishop appointed by the Archbishop as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.

III. Policy

A. APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES

  1. While the Archbishop, Vicar General and the Pastor hold their membership on the Parish Corporate Board ex officio, the Trustees are appointed to membership by the Archbishop, Vicar General, and the Pastor. Each of the Trustees also serves as either corporate secretary or corporate treasurer.