Constitution and Canons

The Constitution and Canons are the written rules governing diocesan policy, structure and procedure. They must be in conformance with the Constitution and Canons of the national church.

A constitution is fundamental legal document of an institution.  It establishes the institution’s existence, structure and rules for governance. A canon is a specific ecclesiastical rule of law enacted by the Convention in conformance with the Constitution.

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Constitution and Canons

Constitution and Canons Final Version Oct. 2018

Constitution and Canons Oct. 2018–Changes Highlighted

ECR ParliamentaryProcedure_2009 – Covers the most likely issues.


Ballot Counting Process for Multiple Positions
In effect for Diocesan Convention 2009

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National Constitution and Canons

2012 National Constitution and Canons in PDF form.

Access sections of the 2012 National Constitution and Canons using links within the Table of Contents.

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