Some of you have heard that I have been elected to the diocesan Presbyteral Council. This council is a group of priests which, representing all the priests in the diocese, is like a senate of the bishop and assists the bishop in the governance of the diocese to promote as much as possible the pastoral good of the people of God entrusted to him. At our first meeting, I was elected chairman of the council. Additionally, I was named to the diocesan College of Consultors. This group of priests is a consultative body that the bishop must consult primarily regarding matters of major financial importance. Moreover, if the diocese becomes vacant, it is the responsibility of the College of Consultors to elect a priest who will govern the diocese until a bishop is appointed. These appointments do not change my assignment here at Our Lady, other than more diocesan meetings that I must attend.