Council Notes from Owensboro (March 2017)

During a discussion of Bishop Emeritus John McRaith’s funeral, Bishop Medley expressed the deep and authentic affection Bishop McRaith had for his priests.

– Approximately 500 youth, many from the diocese, participated in the Youth 2000 retreat.

– The chief financial officer distributed a Budget & History covering budgeted expenses and revenue for 2016-17 and 2017-18. There was a substantial increase in the Grants/Subsidies figure due to the successful Disciples Response Fund campaign. A portion of the dollars will be returned to parishes.

A pay increase is anticipated along with the implementation of an Office of Evangelization and hiring a director of Youth Ministry.

The overall investment portfolio return is positive due to market conditions.

Program & Service Fees are now being recorded with both revenue and expenses posted, which provides for a more accurate accounting.

Three diocesan priests are sabbatical.

Five priests will be arriving in the diocese. Two are international priests. The diocese will cover the international priests salaries.

The diocesan assessment will be decreased from 15.5% to 15.25%.

–  The Director of the Diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry gave a report on the V Encuentro Process, the Building Intercultural Competence Workshop, and Immigration issues [Go to: https://owensborodiocese.org/2017/02/27/bishop-william-medleys-statement-on-immigration/ – for Bishop Medley’s statement on immigration.

– There was an extensive discussion concerning a petition to have a church in the diocese declared a minor basilica.