1.4 The Curia
The Bishop's Office
Located on Level 8, the Bishop's Office consists of administrative staff supporting the Bishop, Office for the Clergy, the Marriage Tribunal, the David L. Walker Library, Internal Audit, Communications and Catholic Development Fund.
The Parish Support Unit
The Parish Support Unit (PSU) was established in 2006 to assist parishes in their efforts towards providing Pastoral Care for Evangelisation by bringing together various personnel employed by the Diocese. Establishing the various services offered under one umbrella, there was opportunity to exploit the synergies that existed within the team and provide holistic support to parishes.
The PSU currently has three offices; the Diocesan Office at Pennant Hills, and two regional offices at The Entrance and Gosford. The staff, both part-time and full-time, comprises the Director, about twenty specialist and twelve administrative personnel.
PSU staff often represent the Diocese at inter-diocesan and national levels, and are more often than not, the Executive Officers of diocesan councils, commissions and advisory committees. In this way, deliberations of these councils, commissions and advisory committees are directly linked into the Curial structure enabling recommendations to be actioned in the most effective way possible.
CatholicCare has been the public face of professional caring services and assistance provided by the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay since 1987. They offer a range of programs and services to assist children, young people, individuals and families. Their service includes Family Centres and outreach locations in Northern Sydney (including the Northern Beaches) and the Central Coast (as far as Lake Munmorah).
Financial support for CatholicCare services is also provided by the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay (via the twice yearly Charitable Works Fund) and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Our relationship with other Churches in addition to private donors provides valued support to enable CatholicCare to reach out widely into our local communities.
During the 12 month period 2012-2013 CatholicCare provided services for over 20,000 children, young people, individuals and families throughout the Diocese of Broken Bay. This number included 7,000+ children and 12,000+ families, 692 children and adults affected by disability, 3,000+ patients in acute care hospitals, and 66 children and young people in foster care and therapeutic group care.
The Catholic Schools Office
The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) provides a ministry of leadership and service to systemic Primary and Secondary schools. Catholic schools exist "... to educate and form young people in Catholic discipleship: offering them experiences of following Jesus as members of the Catholic community."
The Broken Bay Diocesan Schools Board was established by the Bishop to assist and advise him with regard to the overall operation of Catholic schools within the Diocese.
The CSO consists of a number of key services areas including Mission, Educational, Human Resource, Financial and ICLT each comprising one or several teams. For a more detailed description of its organisational structure click here.