Secretary: Mrs S Kilmartin
Dates of Next Meetings:
17 July 2017
16 October 2017
30 & 31 January 2018
The Role of the Trustees
In civil law, the diocese is administered as a charitable trust according to the terms of its trust deed. All the assets of the diocese, including most of its property - parish properties, diocesan schools, etc - and parish and diocesan investments are, in Civil Law, ultimately the responsibility of the Diocesan Trustees.
Since Catholic parishes are not recognised in civil law in this country, the trustees are also ultimately responsible, in Civil Law, for the correct use of parish monies and all health and safety matters relating to parish and diocesan employees and property.
Parish priests are responsible to the Bishop in canon law for the correct administration of their parishes, but they are similarly accountable in civil law to the Bishop as Chairman of the trustees.
The Trustees meet four times a year. Trust matters will normally be decided by majority vote but, if circumstances demand it, the Bishop has the deciding vote.
The trustees, the Diocesan Finance Committee, schools and parishes are supported and advised on financial, property and administrative matters by the Finance Office which is based in Bishop's House, Hove.
Link to further details on the Role of the Trustees as outlined by the Charities Act 2006. For more information on the relationship of Civil and Canon Law click here. See also Civil Law and the Diocese
Link to the Bishop
The Bishop is Chair of the Trustees
Agendas and Minutes
Agendas are prepared by Sarah Kilmartin, Secretary to the Trustees
Minutes are distributed to Trustees ONLY.
The Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity No 252878