Administrative Guidelines and Policies
sacramental, ecclesial, ecclesial and canonical union with the
Independent Evangelical Catholic Church in America (AKA) the Evangelical
Catholic Church, each of the canonically erected local dioceses and
canonically established religious societies and/or orders have pledged
their respect, loyalty and obedience to the Office of the Presiding
Bishop and to the Church Corporate to work in unity to fulfill the
Mission of the Church Corporate in service to the People of God.
guarantee professional success and uniformity between the Dioceses and
Church Corporate, the following Guidelines and Policies shall serve,
along with the Code of Canon Law and the By-Laws of the Church
Corporate, to maximize the day-to-day functional success of our mission.
Mission Diocese v. Diocese Regular
this time in our formation, the Evangelical Catholic Church has divided
the 51 individual States into four (4) provincial dioceses: Northwest,
Northeast, Southeast and Southwest. At the 2002 meeting of the House
of Bishops, it was decided that once a diocese has established 9
missions within its See, that Diocese would become a Diocese Regular.
Once a Diocese become a Diocese Regular, that Diocese, for legal
purposes, would apply for their own diocesan 501C3 account and cease
dependence upon the umbrella 501C3 account of the Church Corporate.
Office of the Diocesan Bishop
Diocesan Bishop is appointed by the Presiding Bishop of the Church
Corporate to be the Chief Administrator for the pastoral and sacramental
needs of their See and shall also serve as the Corporation Sole in any
and all legal matters within their See.
addition to that stated in Canon 16, the Diocesan Bishop is responsible
for, but not limited to:
All civil and canonical legalities on behalf of their See.
Fostering of vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Creation of new parishes within their See.
All matters financial on behalf of the Diocesan Office.
Creation of the Presbyterial Senate.
Creation of an Advisory Board of the Laity.
Responsibilities related to membership within the House of
a local diocese has 3 secular and/or religious clerics in residence with
the See, the local Bishop shall create a Presbyterial Senate for the
purpose of working within collegiality with the Bishop to address the
concerns and issues of the diocese. The Presbyterial Senate shall meet
no less than six (6) times per year, with the Bishop in attendance, and
shall assume responsibility for the election of their officers.
parish within the diocese shall elect or appoint two (2) members of the
laity to sit on the Diocesan Board of the Laity. The Board of Laity
shall advise their Bishop of their concerns on matters within the
diocese and accept appointments by the Bishop to sit on committees
necessary for the welfare of the diocese. The Diocesan Board of the
Laity shall meet no less than six (6) times per year, with the Bishop in
attendance and shall assume responsibility for the election of their