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ADLA Administrative Handbook



The Archdiocesan Administrative Handbook integrates a wide range of resources, guides, manuals and other publications to offer a single comprehensive source of information on archdiocesan administrative policies and procedures.  This Handbook applies to:

  • All locations, defined as: all parishes, all schools (whether parish or archdiocesan), the Archdiocesan Catholic Center, all Catholic cemeteries and mortuaries, and all other operating units in the archdiocese
  • Clergy, paid staff, students, parents/guardians, volunteers and certain contracted individuals and entities.

The Handbook exists in a fully searchable electronic format for easy access, simplified up-dating and reduction of printing costs. It includes policies and procedures for day-to-day operations as well as particular situations and features many internal and external resources and links.

The Handbook Blog advises users of updates to the Handbook. Individuals with an ACES account should subscribe to the RSS feed (sign up located on Handbook Blog page) to obtain notices of changes in their email inbox. The RSS feed sign up is located on the Handbook's home page. The Archdiocese reserves the right to update the Handbook to reflect policy as needs evolve.

The integrated Handbook is the result of collaboration by numerous staff and clergy and has been funded substantially under the C3 Technology initiative in the Archdiocese. 

The Handbook updates, integrates and replaces all prior policy and procedure handbooks in the Archdiocese. It was published on-line in a limited format in 2009, fully updated in 2014 and 2017 and has been reviewed and updated again in its entirety in 2021.

Comments concerning the Handbook are welcomed and should be forwarded to

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