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Parishes in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee are incorporated under Wisconsin Statute sec 187.19. The parish corporation is a civil body created for legal purposes. It has authority and competence in civil and secular matters.
Trustees are members of the parish, at least 25 years of age, who are elected by parish members for a renewable two-year term. They serve until their successors take office. The trustees know the parish well and are involved in parish life in order to take on this responsibility.
Trustees are members of the legal corporation. The three parish members of the legal corporation, the pastor and two lay trustees, are ex-officio members of pastoral council. Trustees have the same responsibilities as pastoral council members, and they work from the same sense of shared leadership and responsibility. Their efforts reflect the common vision developed by the pastoral council. The ex-officio members participate fully and equally in decision making with other members of pastoral council.
Within the parish corporation, the pastor holds the position of vice-president; one lay trustee is designated as trustee-treasurer and the other as trustee-secretary.
The criteria for parish trustee are:
The trustee-secretary is responsible for corporate record keeping at Saint John Vianney Parish other than financial records, such as corporate minutes, documents, notices and correspondence.
The trustee-secretary ensures that parish records are kept on parish grounds in an easily accessible and orderly fashion. The trustee-secretary is responsible for maintaining records of property, property tax exemption, the parish inventory and parish census.
The trustee-treasurer is responsible for keeping accurate and detailed accounts of receipts and disbursements for the parish. The trustee-treasurer’s responsibility is that of parish treasury activities including care and custody of funds, assets, supervision of banking, credit, and insurance.