As a part of the diocesan curia, the Chancellor's principle function is to gather, arrange and safeguard documents and records of the curia. (c. 482, 1). By definition, the Chancellor is also an ecclesiastical notary and secretary of the curia. (c. 482, 3) In addition to the canonical responsibilities, currently the Chancellor in the Diocese of Dodge City serves as canonical advisor to the bishop and is appointed Delegate of the Ordinary in order to grant matrimonial dispensations and permissions.
From time to time, clarification is sought as to when a priest must be granted the faculty to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation, whether at the Easter Vigil or at some other time of the year:
A Priest DOES NOT need to be granted the faculty to confirm:
This question sometimes arises when involved with people in the RCIA process or with couples preparing for marriage. Determining the validity of someone’s baptism in a particular church is an important detail to address due to the implications it has in relation to receiving other sacraments in the Catholic Church. Click below for a resource listing some churches without valid baptism.
In October 2016 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an Instruction entitled Ad resurgendum cum Christo (To rise with Christ). CLICK HERE to access the Instruction.
This comprehensive document includes the following information:
Active Priests: base salary (and the components that make up that salary), health insurance premium amount, the value of housing
Retired Priests: age of retirement, monthly benefit amount, health insurance & prescription information and housing
General: standard honorarium amounts ("help out"), long term care, continuing education, retreat, moving expense, sabbatical leave policy, personal leave policy and a clarification chart of what are considered parish expenses and what are considered personal expenses of the priest.
If you have any questions, contact Sister Janice (620-227-1527) or Dan Stremel (620-227-1517).
Revisions in the annulment process published by Pope Francis on September 8. These revisions take effect December 8, 2015 to coincide with the opening of the Year of Mercy. Click HERE for a summary of the changes.
Beginning 1 May 2012 it is required to have on file a testimonial form for any priest (religious or diocesan) or deacon who comes into the Diocese of Dodge City for any ministerial function.
Though not required at this time, it is encouraged that a testimonial form be submitted as well for any religious or lay person who comes into the Diocese of Dodge City for any ministerial function.
At the recommendation of the Presbyteral Council, Bishop Brungardt has re-promulgated the following two policies effective 1 September 2014:
Contract Review Policy (click here) This policy provides the required steps to be taken whenever a repair, renovation or construction of $10,000 or more is undertaken.
10-15 Passenger Van Use Policy (click here) This policy prohibits the use of 10-15 passenger vans to transport children or adults.
|The Pastoral Handbook serves as a resource guide for the various aspects of diocesan and parish life. The Pastoral Handbook contains documents providing background information, universal norms and diocesan norms in the following areas: clergy, sacraments and liturgy, annulment processes, parish finance and safe environment. The handbook is located in the upper left corner of this page.|
In November 2012 the United States Bishops published a pastoral exhortation entitled "God's Gift of Forgiveness," to encourage the faithful to avail themselves to this wonderful gift of healing and forgiveness.
To promote stewardship through best practices and to provide guidance to pastors and parish finance councils in their roles and functions, Bishop Brungardt has promulgated the Parish Finance Council Charter for use beginning 1 July 2012.
Article V entitled "Duties/Responsibilities" contains helpful information for these particular subjects: Budgets, Finance Records and Recording, Strategic Planning, Internal Controls, Insurance Issues and other considerations.
The Charter is also located in the Pastoral Handbook (upper left side of this page) under the topic Parish Finance.