Diocesan councils, commissions and committees exist to help guide and provide the bishop with expert advice on a broad range of diocesan matters. Members of the councils, commissions and committees in the diocese serve selflessly to help the programs and business of the diocese run smoothly.
The terms of references are generally developed and approved by each council, commission and committee. Some positions are elected by representative bodies where appropriate and some are appointed by the bishop. Additionally, clergy and/or diocesan staff may resource the workload.
The Council of Priests is a group of priests chosen to assist the bishop in an advisory capacity in the governance of the diocese. Canon 495 of the Code of Canon Law lays down that every diocese must have such a council. The council addresses matters concerning the pastoral welfare of the people of God in the diocese.
Aims to ensure both the ethical management of CDF members’ funds and the wise use of resources to promote the pastoral works of the diocese. Members are drawn from a cross-section of Church, community and business personnel.
Established in accordance with Cannon Law and not engaged in the day-to-day financial administration of the diocese. It is a council of vigilance—advising the bishop on financial matters such as administration and its improvement where opportune.
Considers the pastoral questions of our day and makes appropriate recommendations to the bishop. Acts as a significant form of collaborative dialogue and discernment in service of the pastoral needs of the diocese.
Diocesan Professional Standards and Child Protection Council
Assists the bishop to build and maintain a diocesan culture that focuses on the dignity and safety of each person, with a special regard for the young and vulnerable—including adherence to legislative requirements, accountability, awareness raising and education, direction, structure and guidance.
Advises the bishop on matters pertaining to parish and diocesan schools, including—the evangelising thrust of Catholic schools, religious education, learning and teaching, strategic planning and resourcing.
Parish SEDSO (School Enhancement and Debt Servicing Obligation) Council
Provides an income stream to ensure that contributions towards the costs for the construction, upgrade, maintenance and enhancement of parish primary schools are shared equitably among those families with children attending these schools.
Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.