Vicar to the Religious

The Vicar General is the highest administrative office in the diocese and oversees all administrative matters. Church law establishes the office, and the bishop chooses the priest who holds the office. To qualify, a priest must be at least 30 years old and "recommended by sound doctrine, integrity, prudence, and experience in handling matters." (Canon 478)

The Vicar General has executive power over the whole Diocese regarding administrative matters, except those matters the Bishop has reserved for himself. (Canon 479) The Vicar General acts in the name of the Bishop and makes an oath to follow the mind and intention of the Bishop in all things. (Canon 480)