Our Structure

STRUCTURE OF THE POLISH NATIONAL CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

Church matters are dealt with on three levels:

 

THE WHOLE CHURCH

● GENERAL SYNOD, convened every 4 years, discusses Church matters and interprets religious teachings, select bishops candidates and establishes Church policy, law and discipline.

● SPECIAL SYNODS are called when necessary.

● THE SUPREME COUNCIL meets annually to review Church work and to administer all business that concerns the whole Church.

● THE PRIME BISHOP is the chief executive of the Church. He consecrates bishops, convenes synods, presides at the Supreme Council, controls Church publications and discipline in dioceses.

 

THE DIOCESE

● DIOCESAN SYNOD occurs within 2 years after the General Synod to enact laws pertinent to the diocese.

● DIOCESAN COUNCIL administers business of the diocese.

BISHOPS appoint priests, presides at Diocesan councils, visit parishes, and confer sacraments.

● SENIORS are appointed by the bishop to oversee parish business as instructed by the bishop.

 

THE PARISH

● THE PASTOR is appointed by the bishop to guide parish members in the Faith, organize the Church School and administer parish business with concurrence of the Parish Committee.

● PARISH MEETINGS are held every year to elect committee members, to call for actions necessary to parish welfare, review parish reports, etc. Special meetings may also be called as needed.

● PARISH COMMITTEE is elected by the parish. At least nine members serve to assist the pastor, fulfill parish and synodal resolutions, keep records, etc.