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SECRETARY TO THE BISHOP
The Vicar General oversees the
Secretariats which organize ministry for the Diocesan Church.
PASTORAL LIFE AND MINISTRY
The Vicar General for Pastoral
Life and Ministry represents Bishop Joseph’s ministry to the priests and
the pastoral life of the parishes within the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.
He chairs the Priests’ Personnel Board, which assists the Bishop in appointing
ordained ministers to serve the faithful as pastors, parochial vicars
and as chaplains in schools, hospitals and prisons. He is assisted
in this work by eight area deans.
VICAR FOR RELIGIOUS
Most Rev. Bonaventure Midili,
ADVISORY BODIES TO BISHOP JOSEPH V. ADAMEC
ALLEGATION REVIEW BOARD
PRIESTS’ PERSONNEL BOARD
Chair to be appointed in September, 2004
The Tribunal serves at the ecclesiastical court for the Diocese. The Bishop is the Chief Judge of the Tribunal, but delegates his judicial authority to the Judicial Vicar who acts in his place. Our Tribunal has four Judges. There are four Defenders of the Bond who have a role in marriage cases. There is one Promoter of Justice, who acts like a District Attorney in criminal cases.
This Tribunal has competency to prosecute or to vindicate the rights of physical or juridic persons or to declare facts. It can also impose or declare penalties. A major portion of the Tribunal's work involves persons who question their martial status. They want to know if they are free to marry in the Catholic Church. In these situations the Tribunal investigates the validity of that union as to whether a person is bound by marriage or is free to marry. This office has helped thousands of Catholics within the Diocese to return to the Sacraments.
The Tribunal also assists in preparing cases that must be decided in Rome.
Tribunal personnel assist and advise the Bishop in other canonical matters which affect the Diocese.