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ADLA Administrative Handbook



Welcome to the initial release of the Administrative Handbook for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 2014 Edition.


For the first time, the Archdiocese has a Handbook that integrates a wide range of pre-existing resources, guides, manuals and other publications to offer a single comprehensive source of information on archdiocesan administrative policies and procedures.  This Handbook is a significant step for the Archdiocese because:

  • It applies to all locations-all parishes, all schools -- whether parish or archdiocesan, the Archdiocesan Catholic Center and all other operating units;
  • It applies to clergy, paid staff, students, parents/guardians and​ volunteers;
  • It is being released 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 more than 300 internal and external resources and links.

To meet a Fall release date, certain chapters and sections in final review will be posted as they are completed. The Handbook Blog below will advise users of those releases and other updates to the Handbook. 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 the Elementary and Secondary Schools Administrative Handbook released in 2009 and the previous parish handbooks and other manuals released since 1996. Comments concerning the Handbook are welcomed and should be forwarded to


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