"In each diocese the diocesan bishop must appoint a vicar general who is provided with ordinary power according to the norm of the following canons and who is to assist him in the governance of the whole diocese. As a general rule, one vicar general is to be appointed unless the size of the diocese, the number of inhabitants, or other pastoral reasons suggest otherwise." (Code of Canon Law #475)
As vicar of the bishop, the Vicar General exercises the bishop's ordinary executive power over the entire diocese and is the highest official in a diocese after the diocesan bishop or his equivalent in canon law.
Specific responsibilities for Fr. John as the appointed Vicar General & Moderator of the Curia Office in our diocese include serving as Chairperson for: Council of Priests, Diocesan Planning Commission, Priests Residence (Dorchester Square); Member of: Priests' Personnel Committee, Diocesan Finance Council, Diocesan Consultor; Diocesan Vocation Director in Financial Matters regarding Seminarians, contact person for Priests Units at Providence Care Centre.