Parish of St. Monica and St. James
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
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Mitchell Brown, Senior Warden
Debra Sonderman, Junior Warden
Paul Jenks, Secretary
Constitution and canons
The Vestry of the Parish of St. Monica and St. James is elected and governed in accordance with the Canons of the Episcopal Church and the Maryland Vestry Act of 1692, as amended:
Constitution & Canons (2006)
CANON 14: Of Parish Vestries
Sec. 1. In every Parish of this Church the number, mode of selection, and term of office of Wardens and Members of the Vestry, with the qualifications of voters, shall be such as the State or Diocesan law may permit or require, and the Wardens and Members of the Vestry selected under such law shall hold office until their successors are selected and have qualified.
Sec. 2. Except as provided by the law of the State or of the Diocese, the Vestry shall be agents and legal representatives of the Parish in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the Parish to its Clergy.
Sec. 3. Unless it conflicts with the law as aforesaid, the Rector, or such other member of the Vestry designated by the Rector, shall preside in all the meetings of the Vestry.
Maryland Vestry Act
312C. Perpetuation of vestry.
To perpetuate the vestry in each parish, if a vacancy happens in the vestry after their election, or any one elected shall refuse to serve, then the other members shall have the power to appoint a new member or members, as the case may be, to serve till the next succeeding annual election.
312I. Church wardens.
A Senior Warden and a Junior Warden shall be elected from among the members of the parish entitled to vote. The by-laws of the parish shall provide for the manner of conducting elections of such churchwardens, either by the members of the parish or by the vestry; their length of terms; and the manner of filling vacancies in the office of churchwarden. Their duties shall be as prescribed in the by-laws of the parish, and in the Constitution and Canons of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Diocese in which such parish is located.
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