Sale, Lease Mortgage or Purchase of Parish Property
Every Parish in the Diocese of Bethlehem must obtain the written consent of the Bishop and the Standing Committee before the Parish can sell or enter into a long-term (more than twelve months’ duration) lease for real property owned by the Parish. Diocesan Canons also require a Parish to obtain the written consent of the Bishop and the Standing Committee before entering into a loan (such as a mortgage) secured by the Parish’s real property. Diocesan Canons further require a Parish to obtain the written consent of the Bishop and Standing Committee to purchase real property.
The Diocese is distributing these guidelines to help Parishes collect the information and documents they need to provide the Bishop and Standing Committee to obtain their approvals for sales, leases, and purchases of real property, and for any loans secured by real property. Written consent must also be obtained for any license agreement or easement granted for use of real property owned by a Parish, and guidance on the documents needed for those transactions will be provided upon request.