24 Feb 2010
Article by Fr R Cross
Archbishop Hickey met with the Archdiocesan College of Consultors on Wednesday 24 February 2010 to discuss future directions of the Archdiocese.
Left: Some of the Archdiocesan Consultors. Left to right: Fr Bryan Rosling, Mgr Brian O'Loughlin VG, Archbishop Hickey, Fr Peter Bianchini and Bishop Sproxton. Photo by Fr R Cross
The College of Consultors is a group of between six to twelve priests appointed by the Archbishop from among the members of the Council of Priests. The Archbishop is bound to convene a meeting of the College of Archdiocesan Consultors in certain matters as outlind in Canon Law. One of the most important functions of the College of Consultors occurs when the Bishop of a Diocese vacates the See for one reason or another. At such a time, the Council of Priests ceases to exist and the College of Consultors vote one of their members to administer the Archdiocese until a new Bishop is appointed.
The members of the Archdiocesan College of Consultors are:
In a statement made after the meeting of the College of Consultors, Archbishop Hickey said:
Although the Consultors do not meet often, they are an important source of advice to me, not only on financial matters but on difficult issues that must remain confidential. This meeting approved a grant of land to the Salvatorian Fathers in recognition of their extensive and important contribution of personnel to the Archdiocese. The Consultors also offered advice on priorities of the Archdiocese for the next two years.