The base salary figures of the Priest Salary Schedule are reviewed and updated annually by the Compensation Board of the Priestly Life and Ministry Board. Please refer to Appendix 3A, which outlines how the base salary is computed.
In addition to his base salary, each priest has the option of:
(1) Retaining all his Mass stipends; or
(2) Turning all Mass stipends into the parish and then receiving a set additional amount per year as salary, as indicated in the annual compensation package.
This election is to be made annually and in writing.
All Offerings Must Be Counted: For those priests who choose to retain their Mass stipends (option 1), all funds collected at Masses must be counted in accordance with diocesan policy and booked through the parish accounts (including collections for Novenas, etc.) and provided to the priest so taxes may be paid to the appropriate federal and state agency.
It is earnestly recommended to priests that they celebrate Mass for the intention of the faithful, especially the needy, even if they have not received an offering. (Canon 945, §1).
Each priest is entitled to an amount of funds, determined annually as part of the compensation package, which he may seek as reimbursement for incurring expenses related to the exercise of his priestly ministry.
Documentation Required: Each priest must provide written documentation which supports his reimbursement request to the parish or institution he serves.
Every priest is entitled to adequate living arrangements normally provided by the
parish in a rectory living situation. (refer to section 1102.8)
Special Ministry: For priests in special ministry, a monthly allowance, determined annually by the Archdiocese, is considered as the value of such adequate living arrangements. This monthly allowance will be provided by the office or institution served by the priest.
Board: See Section 802.7.3 of this Policy.
This policy recognizes the canonical responsibility of the bishop to support his priests financially (Canon 281) and at the same time, to act as a wise steward of diocesan finances. This policy likewise challenges the unassigned priest to assume financial responsibility for his life while not engaged in priestly service.
Scale of Payment: A priest between assignments will be compensated at the same scale established for those on an involuntary leave of absence.
Application of Scale of Payment: However, after the priest refuses two assignments, he will be compensated beginning with Step 3 as outlined above.
First Three Months
When a priest voluntarily initiates a Leave of Absence, the Archdiocese will guarantee for the first three months the following compensation:
The Fourth Month and Beyond
After the third month and regularly thereafter, the Office of Clergy Personnel consultation with the priest on leave will determine the compensation and benefits which will be offered. The priest may always appeal the decision to the Archbishop.
Resource support for Priests who are Transitioning to a New Career
The Office of Clergy Personnel will provide support and resources to priests who need to seek alternative career and job opportunities.
Every priest of the Archdiocese shall belong to the Federal Social Security System.
Complete specifications on retirement are contained in the Appendix document 7: “Program and Policies for the Senior and Retired Priests of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.”