Letter from Bishop Paul S. Loverde
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Diocese of Arlington is blessed with generous and faithful people! We have experienced record giving in parish offertory, the annual Bishop’s Lenten Appeal and our diocesan capital campaign, Rooted in Faith ~ Forward in Hope. With these blessings comes a responsibility that is not to be taken lightly.
I am aware that your faithful stewardship must be matched with open and transparent management of these resources. We have many safeguards in place to help ensure responsible management of funds. As required by canon law, the Diocesan Finance Council is made up of lay and clergy of the diocese and is charged with preparing the annual diocesan budget and making recommendations to me regarding administrative and financial matters. Each parish also has a Finance Council that provides budget oversight and assists and advises their pastor. Many safeguards exist which protect the assets entrusted to the church. These include strict procedures over the handling of offertory, internal audit requirements and annual financial reporting. However, we must not be complacent, but work to improve and add to these safeguards.
Building upon this framework, I am pleased to announce the implementation of a toll-free fraud hotline through the independent, third-party company EthicsPoint. This hotline, available in both English and Spanish, will provide a confidential method of reporting financial, accounting and auditing concerns as well as employee misconduct. All reports will be taken seriously, promptly investigated, and when requested, anonymity is provided.
The implementation of this hotline is an important additional step in our management of resources. Let us continue to work together in building a culture of stewardship and fiscal accountability.
Faithfully in Christ,
Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde
Bishop of Arlington