Bylaws of the Confraternity

Approved by the Dean and Chapter


 

Preamble and Disclaimer

The following is a summary of the most important sections, subsections and paragraphs of the official Confraternity Bylaws, as approved in special session of Chapter, September 3, 2012.  We stress that it is a summary only, made available here solely for the purpose of providing our members with an idea of the aims of the Confraternity and the means by which it is governed in order to achieve those aims.  It is not to be taken as a legal substitute for the official Bylaws document, nor construed as in itself legally binding in any manner whatsoever.

 

Bylaws of the Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul

 

SECTION 1 

THE CORPORATION

 The purpose for which the Confraternity is organized is to preserve and promote the Traditional Rites of the Church; viz.

  •  to sponsor and conduct the Tridentine Latin Mass and to promote the exclusive celebration thereof;

  •    to sponsor and conduct the traditional sacramental rites of the Church, and to promote the exclusive administration thereof;

  • and in particular to sponsor and maintain the traditional Divine Office, and to promote the exclusive use thereof.

In the accomplishment of these purposes regarding the celebration of the Tridentine Latin Mass, the administration of the traditional Catholic sacraments, and primarily the use of the traditional Divine Office, the Confraternity shall observe the following provisions and restrictions in regard to the term Traditional Rites of the Church:

The Traditional Rites of the Church, are defined, for the purposes of this document, as “those prayers, rites and ceremonies used for the celebration of Mass, the administration of the Sacraments, and other liturgical rites found in liturgical books (with the exception of the so-called New Psalter) approved by the Holy See for use in the Roman Rite of the Roman Catholic Church no later than the year 1950."  This definition, however, shall not necessarily be deemed to exclude Propers for certain feastdays later approved during the reign of Pope Pius XII and which did not involve the replacement or suppression of any other feastday.

 SECTION 2

 CHAPTER MEETINGS

The Dean and Chapter shall meet three times a year in regular session.  These sessions shall be referred to as Regular Chapter.  The dates and times of these Regular Chapters shall be fixed by the Chapter not less than fifteen (15) days in advance thereof.  At the Regular Chapters, the Chapter shall vote to review the financial records of the previous year, vote to adopt the annual budget, elect the Dean and Chaplain, appoint Officers and Prebendaries, and ratify or amend the Bylaws.

Chair of Unity Chapter
The first of the three Regular Chapters shall take place during the Chair of Unity Octave, that is on one of the days between and including the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Rome (January 18) and the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25).  The purpose of this meeting shall be primarily for (but not necessarily limited to) the discussion of financial matters, the review of financial records, and the adoption of the budget for the current fiscal year.

Ss. Peter and Paul Chapter
The second of the three Regular Chapters shall take place during the Octave of Saints Peter and Paul, that is, on one of the days between and including the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29) and its Octave Day (July 6).  The purpose of this meeting shall be primarily for (but not necessarily limited to) the Installation of the Officers and Prebendaries,and the election of the Dean and Chaplain for the coming year.

Dedication Chapter
The third and last of the three Regular Chapters shall take place on one of the days between and including the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Saviour (November 9) and the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter and Paul (November 18).  The purpose of this meeting shall be primarily for (but not necessarily limited to) the review and ratification of the Bylaws.

A special meeting of the Dean and Chapter may be called at any time by the written demand of not less than two (2) Prebendaries made to the Dean, or upon written demand of the Dean made to the Chapter.  These meetings shall be referred to as Special Chapter.

A quorum at any meeting of the Chapter shall consist of three members present.

Each member of the Chapter present shall be entitled to one (1) vote. A Prebendary may be represented by proxy.  Such a proxy shall be given in writing.   Unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws, motions must be passed by an absolute majority of votes cast.  The Dean or Chapter may invite guests to attend a specific meeting, but these may not vote, nor may they participate in the deliberations unless invited to do so by the Dean or Provost.

 SECTION 3

 THE CHAPTER

The Confraternity shall have a Chapter whose role is to assist the Dean in the administration of the temporal affairs of the Confraternity.

All members of the Chapter shall be Catholics who have reached the age of twenty-one (21) years.

The Chapter shall consist of five (5) Prebendaries, three of whom shall be the Dean, the Provost and the Bursar, who shall also be the Officers of the Corporation.

Each member of the Chapter (with the exception of the Dean) shall be appointed to serve a term of one (1) year.  The term of office shall normally commence at midnight on July 7, being the day after the Octave of Ss. Peter & Paul.  In the event of a mid-term vacancy, the term of office shall commence at the time of the member's appointment to the Chapter by the Dean.  The term of office shall end at 11:59 pm on July 6, being the Octave Day of Ss. Peter & Paul.  The Dean may extend the term of office of any Prebendary at his discretion.

A Prebendary may be removed from the Chapter by affirmative vote of four-fiffths (4/5) of the entire Chapter.  A Prebendary may submit his resignation, which shall take effect on the date written notification is accepted by Chapter or at a later date specified by Chapter. 

The Chapter shall have only those powers specifically set forth and enumerated in these Bylaws as follows:

  • The Chapter shall have the authority to sell, purchase, transfer, convey, mortgage, pledge and/or create a security interest in real property of the Confraternity; provided, however, that said power shall be limited by the provisions and restrictions set forth in these Bylaws.

  • The Chapter shall have the authority to control expenditures and other withdrawals pertaining to the Bank Account set up for that purpose in accordance with these Bylaws.

The Dean and Chaplain shall be elected at the Ss. Peter and Paul Chapter.  In the event that the office of Dean or Chaplain become vacant, the Chapter shall appoint a new Dean or Chaplain according to the provisions set forth in these Bylaws.

The Chapter shall vote to approve an annual Budget at the Chair of Unity Chapter.

The Chapter shall adopt the bylaws after annual review at the Dedication Octave

The Chapter may appoint, empower, or employ any person to carry out or effectuate a specific role pertaining to its powers.

The Dean may delegate such powers to the Chapter from time to time as he deems necessary or useful for the good order of the Confraternity.

 

SECTION 4

 OFFICERS

The Chapter shall have a Dean, a Provost, and a Bursar.  With the exception of the Dean, regulations governing the qualifications, appointment, term of office, removal and resignation of corporate officers, are the same as for all other Prebendaries, as described in Section 3 above.

DEAN

The Chapter shall have a Dean, who shall have direction and control of the business and officers of the Confraternity.  The Dean shall attend and have the right to vote at any Chapter meeting, and be an ex-officio member of all standing or regular committees of the Confraternity.

The role of the Dean is to preside over the general administration of the Confraternity.

The Dean shall be a Roman Catholic priest or layman who believes and practices the traditional Faith according to Section 1 of the Bylaws.  Moreover, no clergyman shall be elected to serve as Dean unless he shall meet the requirements set forth in Section 1 of the Bylaws.

The Dean shall be elected by a majority vote of the entire Chapter to serve for a term to be determined either by a resolution of the Chapter or by contract with the Dean elected; and said resolution or contract may, by amendment of the Bylaws, limit indefinitely or for a stated period of time the corporate powers granted to the Dean in virtue of these Bylaws

In the event that a vacancy shall occur in the Office of Dean, the remaining Officers and Prebendaries shall elect a successor to fill such vacancy at a Special Meeting of the Chapter.

The Dean may be removed at Regular or Special Chapter by an affirmative vote of four fifths (4/5) of the entire Chapter on a resolution of removal.  The Dean may submit his resignation, which shall take effect on the date written notification is accepted by Chapter or at a later date specified by Chapter. 

All corporate powers not specifically reserved in these Bylaws to the Chapter are vested in the Dean, subject to the provisions and restrictions set forth elsewhere in these Bylaws.  These powers include but are not limited to the following:

  • The Dean shall appoint the Officers and Prebendaries to the Chapter.

  • The Dean, if he be in holy orders, shall determine and regulate the conduct and scheduling of religious services.

PROVOST

The Chapter shall have a Provost, who shall preside over Chapter meetings.  In his absence or by his consent, the Chapter shall vote to elect an acting-Provost. The Provost is responsible for the distribution of Notices of Meeting, preparation and distribution of the agenda, and maintenance and publication of the minutes and resolutions of all meetings of the Chapter.  He may delegate any of these responsibilities to another Prebendary.  He shall also keep the Seal and records of the Confraternity.

BURSAR

The Chapter shall have a Bursar, whose role is to manage the financial affairs of the Confraternity.  As Chief Financial Officer of the Confraternity, he shall keep and maintain adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions of the Confraternity, shall be responsible for the deposit of all monies and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the Confraternity with such depository as the Chapter shall designate, shall disburse the funds of the corporation as may be ordered by the Dean or Chapter, and shall render to the Dean and Chapter whenever requested an account of all transactions as Bursar and of the financial condition of the Confraternity.  The Bursar may be assisted in the day-to-day fulfillment of all duties by a non -Prebendary, who shall be approved by the Chapter.

 

SECTION 5

 CHAPLAIN

The Confraternity shall have a Chaplain, who shall attend to the spiritual needs of the members of the Confraternity.  The Chaplain shall attend all Chapter meetings, and shall give the Invocation and Benediction prayers thereat.  As Chaplain, he shall not be entitled to voting rights, but may participate in the deliberations of Chapter.

The role of the Chaplain is to provide for the spiritual needs of the members of the Confraternity.  In addition to his role at Chapter, as indicated above, the Chaplain shall publish regular sermons and other spiritual writings on the Confraternity website www.breviary.net, and counsel those members of the Confraternity who seek spiritual advice.

The Chaplain shall be a Roman Catholic priest who believes and practices the traditional Faith according to Section 1 of the Bylaws.

The Chaplain shall be elected by a majority vote of the entire Chapter to serve for a term to be determined either by a resolution of the Chapter or by contract with the Chaplain elected. 

In the event that a vacancy occur in the Office of Chaplain, the Prebendaries shall elect a successor to fill such vacancy at a Special Meeting of the Chapter.

The Chaplain may be removed at Regular or Special Chapter by affirmative vote of four fifths (4/5) on a resolution of removal.  The Chaplain may submit his resignation, which shall take effect on the date written notification is accepted by Chapter or at a later date specified by Chapter. 

At such times when the Dean of Chapter is not an ordained priest, it falls to the Chaplain to take on the responsibility of the Dean, as listed above, to determine and regulate the conduct and scheduling of religious services.

 

SECTION 6

 FINANCIAL AND LEGAL AFFAIRS

The Confraternity shall, from donations and income received, make expenditures to operate and maintain any church or rectory owned as property of the Confraternity, support such clergymen as shall serve it, and otherwise further the purposes for which the Confraternity was formed.

The fiscal year shall be from January 1 to December 31.

The Chapter shall, after the end of each fiscal year, prepare a complete financial report, setting forth in detail the Confraternity's assets, liabilities, net worth, income and expenses as of the closing date of the fiscal year.

At the Chair of Unity Chapter, the Bursar shall present for adoption the annual budget for the current fiscal year.

The Dean, Officers, Prebendaries, and/or any other person or persons entrusted by the Confraternity with the purchase of goods and services shall conform to the limits laid out in the budget.

The Dean and the Bursar shall have authority to execute contracts and incur indebtedness for the Confraternity, but only after mutual consultation, and if so decided, by a simple majority vote of the Chapter.

 

SECTION 7

CONFRATERNITY RECORDS

The Confraternity shall maintain adequate and correct records of its accounts, books, business, properties and membership, which shall be kept at the principal office of the corporation.  Proper provision shall be made for their safe keeping.  Confraternity records shall be open to inspection by the Chapter at all reasonable times. 

The originals or certified copies of these Bylaws, and any amendments thereto, shall be kept at the principal office of the corporation, and shall be open to inspection by the Chapter at all reasonable times.

  

SECTION 8

AMENDMENT AND REPEAL

These Bylaws may be initially approved, and subsequently amended, repealed or added to by an affirmative vote with a majority of four out of five of the Prebendaries in the manner authorized by law, and at any regular or special meeting of the Chapter, provided that the text of any proposed amendment shall have been set forth in the notice of the meeting.

Subsequent amendments of the Bylaws shall normally take place at the Dedication Chapter, and these amendments shall take effect at midnight on the following January 1.  Amendments made at any other Regular or Special Chapter shall take effect immediately upon approval.