Election Results

Office of Vice-President/Elect

Dr. Lynda Robitaille

Office of Secretary

Rev. Gregory Luyet

Office of Consultor

Rev. Lucien “Luke” Millette

Office of Consultor

Mrs. Siobhan Verbeek

All four resolutions that were proposed to the membership at this convention were passed.


1) Title: Creation of a Working Group on the Motu Proprio Vos Estis Lux Mundi

PROPOSED BY: Susan Mulheron

BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Governors for the Canon Law Society of America constitute from its membership a working group to prepare a report on the motu proprio Vos estis lux mundi. The report is to offer a scholarly analysis of the law, identify areas where clarification is needed, and present suggestions for revision where appropriate.


2) TITLE: Modifications to the Procedure for Adjudicating Alleged Violations of the Code of Professional Responsibility (CPR)

PROPOSED BY: Board of Governors

BE IT RESOLVED THAT various proposed texts be adopted and appended to the existing Code of Professional Responsibility, to which it will become an integral part. [Changes comport with the changes in the administrative office due to the creation of a General Secretary position in 2017.}


3) TITLE: Frank Morrisey Tribute 

PROPOSED BY: Sister Victoria Vondenberger, RSM

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Canon Law Society of America will create the Francis G. Morrisey Memorial Special Membership for those who demonstrate serious financial need.  One CLSA Special Membership may be shared by those working in the same Tribunal and/or Chancery or the same canonical region which will not be a voting membership but which will afford access to CLSA on-line resources, publications, webinars, podcasts, etc. as well as offering those in the group the membership rate for purchase of publications.

              Determination of who will qualify for this group membership will be made by the Frank Morrisey Memorial Advisory Board composed of the current Treasurer of CLSA and the two senior consultors.  That board will develop criteria and an application form for this special membership to be submitted to the Executive Coordinator of CLSA.  The Board will decide details of the special membership, such as how many canonists may be part of one special membership and the yearly cost for such membership.  The Board also will determine ways to publicize this possibility, including sending notices through the canon law listserve, other Societies of Canon Law, English speaking conferences of bishops, and the various schools of canon law throughout the world.

              Appeals of the decisions of the Frank Morrisey Memorial Advisory Board may be made to the current CLSA Executive Committee.


4) TITLE: Triannual Review of Membership Dues


BE IT RESOLVED THAT Article 4-Dues of the CLSA Constitution and Bylaws be amended by adding a fifth item that states: 

“During the third year of the treasurer’s term of office he or she, with the assistance of the General Secretary and the Society accountant, shall conduct a thorough review of membership dues; evaluate income and expense trends; lead a discussion of these findings with the Board of Governors; and, if necessary, propose to the Board of Governors any adjustments which may be required to ensure solvency and to provide high quality services to the membership.”

If adopted, this new item would become number 2 under Article 4 and the current items 2, 3, and 4 would become 3, 4, and 5, respectively, as this new item relates closely to the first.