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CFO announces Diocese of Newark budget process for 2024

Sam Reckford, CFO

The 2024 budget process will follow the same process adopted by Diocesan Council for use in preparing previous budgets. This process allows individuals and organizations to request funding as part of the 2024 Budget. Funding requests for 2024 are due by September 22, 2023.

This procedure provides:

  1. A way for funding requests to be submitted to Council for consideration well in advance of Convention;
  2. An opportunity for requestors to present their proposals to Council for consideration in the upcoming year’s budget; and
  3. A process for requestors to interact with Council if Council determines not to include the request in the budget or proposes changes to the request.


Individuals or organizations are offered the opportunity to request that programs and funding not included in the 2023 budget be considered by Council for inclusion in the proposed 2024 budget. Such requests are due by Friday, September 22, 2023. Organizations already included in the 2023 budget will be required to submit their 2024 request for continued funding by that same date. This schedule will provide for an adequate period of time for Council to consider the requests and, if helpful, to meet with those making such requests during the fall.

Since there will be no 2024 Diocesan Convention until fall, the 2024 budget will be approved by Council early next year.

2024 Budget Process

September 2023

Publication of notice announcing 2024 Budget Process and Fall Budget Hearing in October to discuss Budget Funding Requests.

Proponents of Budget Funding Requests will be advised that their Budget Funding Request is to be submitted in writing to the Chief Financial Officer by September 22, 2023.

September 22 – Budget Funding Requests due (to be submitted in writing to Chief Financial Officer). Download the Budget Funding Request Form.

October 2023

The Budget and Finance Committee will review the first draft of the budget and make initial funding decisions.

November 2023

November 8 – Fall Budget Hearing (tentative) – Open meeting with Diocesan Council (Location TBD)

Review of year-to-date 2023 results

First presentation of proposed 2024 budget

Open discussion to gather input and clarification of Budget Funding Requests; individuals or organizations that submitted Budget Funding Requests by September 30 may a make short presentation to Diocesan Council; Council may ask questions regarding requests.

December 2023

December 1 – Those who submitted Budget Funding Requests and who were advised that Council decided to (a) not include the request in the 2024 Budget or (b) change the amount requested, must advise the Chief Financial Officer that they would like to attend the Council meeting on December 13 to request reconsideration, and will be required to provide a brief explanatory paragraph in writing as to the rationale supporting their request. Those who fail to make this request by December 1 will not be eligible to make a presentation to the Council.

December 13 – At Council meeting – Individuals or organizations whose Budget Funding Requests were not accepted or were otherwise altered (including the dollar amount) may attend to discuss Council’s decisions and request reconsideration, provided that they requested to do so by December 1, 2024.


January 10 (tentative) – Council to vote on budget

Questions relating to this process should be addressed to Sam Reckford, the Chief Financial Officer.