From the National Statutes:


Article 22. Regional Fraternity Council  

1.      “The Regional Fraternity Council is composed of the Ministers of the Local Fraternities that together form the Regional Fraternity, the Regional Executive Council, and the Regional Spiritual Assistant or the Conference of Regional Spiritual Assistants, each of whom may vote. Regional Spiritual Assistants, however, do not vote in financial matters and in elective chapters [cf. Statutes for Spiritual Assistance, article #12.1].


2.      The Regional Fraternity Council is the representative body of all of the Local Fraternities that together compose the Regional Fraternity, and has the power to create regional guidelines in conformity with the Rule, the General Constitutions and the National Statutes.


3.      The Regional Fraternity Council shall meet at least once a year. Every third year the Regional Fraternity Council shall meet in elective chapter in accord with the General Constitutions and these National Statutes.


4.      The Regional Fraternity Council has the duties set forth in article #62 of the General Constitutions.

(See SFO Constitutions below)



Article 23. Regional Executive Council


1.    Between the meetings of the Regional Fraternity Council, an elected Regional Executive Council shall carry on the business and carry out the purposes of the Regional Fraternity in a spirit of ministry and service [cf. General Constitutions, article #62.1 below].


2.    The Regional Executive Council is composed of the Regional Minister, the Regional Vice Minister, the Regional Secretary, the Regional Treasurer, at least one elected Councilor, and the Regional Spiritual Assistant or the President of the Conference of Regional Spiritual Assistants. In addition, the Regional Formation Director may also be elected. In those regions in which the Regional Formation Director is appointed rather than elected, she or he attends the meetings of the Regional Executive Council and exercises a consultative role.


3.     All elected members of the Regional Executive Council and the Spiritual Assistant have voting rights.


4.     Election of the Secular members of the Regional Executive Council shall follow the model set forth in Section II of these National Statutes which deals with the National Fraternity insofar as it may be adapted to the needs and circumstances of the Regional Fraternity.


5.     The Regional Executive Council may establish and direct commissions and committees deemed necessary to achieve the goals and objectives determined by the Regional Fraternity Council.


6.      When not in session, the Regional Executive Council may conduct business electronically (i.e., via e-mail, telephone, fax, etc.), provided that any decisions and determinations made in this way are reviewed and ratified at the next regular meeting of the Council.


7.      The Regional Executive Council shall meet at least twice a year, at times and places to be determined by its members. The Regional Minister shall give written notice of meetings at least two months in advance.



From the SFO General Constitutions: Article 62

 1.    The regional council is constituted according to the provisions of the national statutes and of its own regional statutes.  At the heart of the regional council there can be set up an executive council (or board) whose duties are determined by those same statutes.

2.    The regional council has the following duties:

a.    to prepare the celebration of the elective chapter;

b.    to promote, animate, and co-ordinate the life and activities of the SFO and its insertion into the local Church within the regional area;

c.    to detail the action plan of the SFO within the region according to the directives of the national council and in collaboration with it and to publicize that program to the local fraternities;

d.    to communicate the directives of the national council and of the local Church to the local fraternities;

e.    to provide for the formation of those responsible for animation;

f.     to offer to local fraternities activities which support their formative and operative needs;

g.    to discuss and approve the annual report to the national council;

h.    to schedule, when circumstances recommend so, the fraternal visit to the local fraternities, even if it is not requested;

i.     to make decisions regarding the use of available funds and, in general, to deliberate on matters regarding the financial management and the economic affairs of the regional fraternity;

j.     to have, before its term of office is finished, the regional fraternity’s financial and real estate situation audited either by an expert who is not a member of the council or by the fraternity’s board of examiners;

k.    to perform such other duties as are indicated by the Constitutions or necessary to achieve its own aims.


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