What is a Vicar General - Vicar for Clergy?
A Vicar General is a priest who serves as the principal deputy of the Archbishop and acts as his representative in matters of jurisdiction and administration. In the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas the Archbishop has appointed two priests to serve as vicars general; one serves as the Vicar General - Moderator of the Curia and the other as the Vicar General-Vicar for Clergy. While both vicars have the same canonical authority, in daily practice their areas of responsibility differ.
The Vicar for Clergy is responsible for personnel matters related to priests incardinated in the Archdiocese, as well as religious priests or extern priests who are serving in Archdiocesan ministries. The Vicar for Clergy advises the Archbishop concerning clergy assignments and chairs the Archdiocesan Priests Personnel Committee. He also chairs the Priestly Life Committee of the Presbyteral Council. Comments or concerns related to the ministry or professional conduct of a priest should be directed to the Vicar for Clergy (see contact information below).
The Vicar for Clergy advises the Archbishop on policies concerning priests, both active and retired, and works closely with the Archdiocesan Human Resources Office concerning immigration regulations for foreign priests who minister in the Archdiocese. The Vicar for Clergy also works closely with the Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, who oversees the ministry of the Archdiocese’s permanent deacons, and with the Archdiocesan Vocation Director and Director of Seminarians, who work to recruit and form men called to priestly ministry.
Additionally the Vicar for Clergy works with the Priests Continuing Education Committee to insure the ongoing formation of priests and collaborates with others in the Archdiocese to ensure that policies and programs exist to promote the spiritual, emotional and physical health and wellbeing of priests and deacons.
Who is the Vicar for Clergy?
Fr. Brian Schieber, one of the two vicars general, in addition to serving as the pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Leawood, also occupies the role of the Vicar for Clergy. He is a member of the Archbishop’s Administrative Team, but most often works out of his office at St. Michael the Archangel Parish. Fr. Schieber may be reached at email@example.com or by calling 913-402-3900.