A Letter from Bishop Alexander K. Sample

The Diocese of Marquette is dedicated to managing the resources of the Church as faithful stewards. To fulfill the mission of the Church, we must perform our work in an ethical and accountable manner. Therefore, we set high standards for ourselves and expect everyone to work within established Diocesan policies and procedures.

There are many procedures already in place within the Diocese of Marquette to help ensure accountability and transparency. For example, each parish is required to have a finance council and pastoral council and to provide an annual financial report to their parishioners. The Diocese publishes its annual financial report in the U.P. Catholic Newspaper and posts them on the Diocesan website, www.dioceseofmarquette.org. Many other Diocesan entities are monitored by several consultative bodies, including the Diocesan Finance Council. Furthermore, we have an active external audit function that monitors compliance with Diocesan policies and procedures.

We can do more, however, to ensure the proper stewardship of the temporal goods of the Church. One method is to provide interested parties with a way to confidentially report concerns about the conduct of Church activities. The use of a hotline is growing more common in other diocesan and non-profit organizations and we believe will help us achieve our goals of transparency and accountability throughout the Diocese of Marquette. As a new endeavor, we have decided to implement an ethics hotline. We have selected EthicsPoint, an independent third-party company, to provide us with an ethics hotline so employees, volunteers, parishioners, vendors and other interested parties can report concerns about suspected financial misconduct. This provides us with an additional measure that supports compliance with the extensive policies and procedures of the Diocese. Reports can be filed confidentially on this hotline via the web by choosing the "Make a Report" link on the right side of this web page, or via one of EthicsPoint's trained specialists at 888-286-5186.

Thank you for your time and support. Let us continue to work together to become better stewards of the Lord.


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