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- South Texas Catholic
January 18, 2002
Presbyteral Council looks at bookkeeping system
The Jan. 9 meeting of the Presbyteral Council began
with an opening prayer led by Bishop Edmond Carmody
in the chancery conference room.
The first reports came from the eight deans who said
their primary recent activities were leading liturgies and
penance services during Advent and Christmas.
The Corpus Christi Westside deanery held a Youth
Rally in November. The Alice deanery reported they will
have a January pro-life rosary
and gathering prior to Jan.
22, the anniversary of the
Supreme Court’s decision
which legalized abortion.
The Kingsville deanery is
planning a one-day youth
retreat called Fire Power.
All the deaneries have
continued reviewing sections of the proposed diocesan
The certified public accounting firm of Flusche, Van
Beveren and Kilgore then gave a presentation and report
ed that following their audit for the Diocese of Corpus
Christi, they had some recommendations for the better-
ment of the financial procedures in each of the parishes
One recommendation was that parishes be audited
more frequently than just when there is a change of
hears report from
On Dec. 18, 2001, the diocesan finance council met to
receive a report from the Flusche, Van Beveren, Kilgore,
the external auditors for Diocesan Central Adminis-
tration offices and related corporations. The auditors
reported that they were able to express unqualified
opinions on all entities. Also discussed were the contents
of the management letters which contain recommenda-
tions regarding internal controls and fiscal management
practices. One of the major recommendations was that
the diocese reinstate the auditing of all parishes on a
regular basis, update and publish a new parish account-
ing manual and adopt an auditable accounting software
package. (Full details of audit will be published in an
upcoming issue of the South Texas Catholic.)
On other matters, the finance council received a report
on the performance of the Perpetual Benefit Endowment
Fund, Inc. from Mr. Steve Prickett of the Armstrong
Group, Albuquerque, NM. After the presentation the fi-
nance council recommended to the board of directors of
the endowment fund to rebalance the portfolio to be in
line with investment policy guidelines. Currently those
guidelines are 60 percent equity and 40 percent fixed
Finally, the issue of amending the method for calculat-
ing parish assessments in order to exclude fundraising
for parish building projects was tabled until the March
(Contributing to this report was Greg Seagrave, Diocesan
pastor. This would insure that all the bookkeeping
procedures are being followed accurately and that safety
controls are in place.
The auditors recommended that parishes and schools
have computer bookkeeping that is auditable so that any
changes in bookkeeping entries would be traceable. Most
of the present systems in parishes and schools don’t
provide an auditable computer paper trail.
There was discussion about
this and concerns were raised
by the priests about the cost
of having external auditors
The auditor’s response was
that the audits could prevent
more costly problems in the
The priests made a motion
which passed to accept the recommendation of the audit-
ing firm and that the diocese begin to take serious steps
to implement them in the parishes and schools.
One of the steps would be moving to a bookkeeping
system or program that would be auditable and had more
safety checks. The FOGOS system is one that has these
A representative from FOGOS gave a demonstration of
the program, its capabilities and answered questions.
Greg Seagrave, diocesan fiscal officer, said there were
grant funds from the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy
Foundation to help parishes pay for this new program, so
there would be no initial cost to the parishes and schools.
He asked for 12 parishes to volunteer and the cost
would be paid by the diocese. Training for bookkeepers
would be supplied by the FOGOS company in February.
Bishop Carmody made it clear that it was his wish for
all parishes to be on one data management program and
that FOGOS is the choice of the diocese. But since the
company can only work with 12 parishes at a time it
would be on a volunteer basis. Subsequent training for
the next groups of parishes and schools would occur 30
to 60 days apart.
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The bishop’s hope is that response to the program will
be so positive that others will want to come on board. Fi-
nancing may be arranged through future grants but there
are no guarantees.
Other areas of discussion included concerns on the ris-
ing diocesan costs to parishes in assessments, insurance,
the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, more frequent audits and the
impact it has on parishes. One of the priests suggested
that these issues be discussed at a future meeting.
Father Frank Martinez gave a report on the Depart-
ment of Pastoral Ministries and Father Glen Mullan
announced that Father Hesse will be the new Vocation
Director. Father Mullan will serve his assignment as
Vocation Director until June. The Vocations Office will be
looking into alternatives to college seminaries.
The Presbyteral Council, made up of the bishop and
representative priests from throughout the diocese, exists
to formulate concrete approaches to the pastoral needs
of the diocese by facilitating efforts between parishes,
deaneries, and diocesan offices.
(Contributing to the report was Father Roger Smith,
chairman of the Presbyteral Council)
JAN. 18 - Corpus Christi, Catholic Center, “Follow
Your Heart” Weekend, 7:00 p.m.
JAN. 19 - Corpus Christi, Ministries Conference,
Bayfront Plaza Convention Center, Mass, 9:15 a.m.,
Workshops 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
JAN. 20 - Taft, Immaculate Conception, Mass, 10:00
a.m.; Corpus Christi, Cathedral, Marriage Sponsor
Training, 2:00 p.m.
JAN. 21 - Martin Futher King, Jr. National Obser-
vance, Chancery Closed; Kingsville, St. Gertrude’s
Parish, Bishop’s Annual Appeal Workshop, 7:00 p.m.
JAN. 22 - Corpus Christi, Cathedral, Pro-Fife Mass,
JAN. 23 - Houston, Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-
elect Joseph S. Vasquez
JAN 24 - Corpus Christi, Chancery, Department
Head meeting;; Corpus Christi, Chancery, Taping
“Our Shepherd’s View”, 1:30 p.m.; Corpus Christi St.
Pius X, Bishop’s Annual Appeal Workshop, 7:00 p.m.
JAN. 25 - Kingsville, Our Fady of Good Counsel, An-
niversary Mass for Fr. Piotr Koziel, 7:00 p.m.
JAN. 26 - Gregory, Ministries Conference and Instal-
lation of Fr. Nicholas Perera, 3:30 p.m.
JAN. 27 - Corpus Christi, Our Fady of Guadalupe,
Mass, 10:00 a.m., Noon
JAN. 28 - Corpus Christi, Kenedy Memorial Founda-
tion Mtg., 8:30 a.m.
JAN. 29 - Beeville, St. Joseph Church, Bishop’s An-
nual Appeal Workshop, 7:00 p.m.
JAN. 31 - Corpus Christi, Meeting at Incarnate Word
FEB. 2 - Corpus Christi, Chancery, Faith Formation
Advisory Board Mtg., 10:00 a.m.
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