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A Letter from Most Reverend Juan Esposito

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The generous support of the people of God throughout our Archdiocese of Washington enables our local Church to spread the Gospel, serve our brothers and sisters, and build up the Body of Christ every day. With this generosity comes the responsibility for the careful stewardship of these resources and the integrity of our ministries, which the archdiocese takes very seriously.

There are many safeguards in place to ensure responsible and transparent management of funds. The Archdiocesan Finance Council, whose members include national and regional business leaders, oversees major financial and budgetary decisions to ensure they reflect the mission of the Church. The financial statements of our archdiocese are audited each year by a national accounting firm. Each parish in the archdiocese has a Finance Council governed by archdiocesan policies to provide oversight of the parish budget and advise the pastor on financial matters.

Similarly, archdiocesan administrative officials work hand-in-hand with parishes, schools, and agencies to ensure that the conduct of archdiocesan employees and volunteers reflects the highest ethical standards and, more importantly, fulfills our call to be examples of Christ’s love in the world.

This Ethics and Compliance Hotline, operated by NAVEX, an independent third-party company, helps protect the archdiocese’s fiscal and operational health. It allows anyone to report suspected misconduct involving any parish, school, agency, or archdiocesan office. Reports are confidential and can be made anonymously. All reports will be taken seriously and promptly investigated by the archdiocese. Please note that any concerns about potential abuse of children or vulnerable adults should be reported directly and immediately to local law enforcement, as instructed by our archdiocese’s Child Protection and Safe Environment Policy.

By working together, we can all ensure prudent stewardship of the resources generously entrusted to our archdiocese and continue the good work carried out every day in our local Church.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Juan Esposito

Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

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