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From The Office of the Vicar General

Dear Father:

Every year in June, we ask your help with the annual election of two lay trustees to serve your church. This is necessary to ensure that every parish corporation in the archdiocese is in compliance with the New York State Religious Corporation Law which offers many benefits.

The by-laws direct that the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • The elected trustee should be both a lay person and a parishioner;
  • The appointment is for one year;
  • Trustees should not serve more than three consecutive years;
  • The pastor nominates the trustee;
  • The cardinal-archbishop and vicar general appoint the nominees

We are asking every pastor to complete the nomination form that is included with this
letter (it is titled Archdiocese of New York Lay Trustees 2020). I will be grateful to receive all of these by Friday, July 31. Send them to

Chancery Office | Trustee Desk
1011 First Avenue, Suite 1950
New York, NY 10022

If you are the pastor of a merged parish, you will want to encourage fair representation by choosing one trustee from each former parish. In the case of three or more parishes, rotate trustees in subsequent years until all have been represented.

Call if you have questions and we will do our best to help. And thank you for the many
cooperative ways in which you support the work of the Catholic Center.