What is a Parish Council?

The Parish Council is the elected, governing body of the parish that attends to the welfare, mission, and vision of the parish. A Parish Council serves many of the functions served by boards of directors or trustees at other non-profit organizations. Our Parish Council is responsible for the financial management of the church, making sure our bills are paid, our facilities maintained and our money managed safely and effectively. While our priest is our spiritual leader, the Parish Council support, through their actions and example, is critical in moving all of us to a closer relationship with Christ.

Eleven people serve on our Parish Council here at Assumption Church. Each Fall, when we hold our annual General Assembly meeting, we elect new Council members to begin serving a two-year term. Typically, one half of the Council will be finishing their terms on any given year. This ensures that there are fresh voices and new energy every year.
The entire congregation votes for who will be on the Council. The Council then, in turn, votes for a handful of positions to represent them: the president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Our Parish Council meets on the third Wednesday night of every month. The meetings start at 6:15 p.m, and any member of the congregation is welcome to attend. However, there may be a rare occurrence that the Council chooses to conduct a “closed” or private meeting. This is done at the discretion of the Council. The minutes of each Parish Council meeting are available below.

The rules of governance of our church were established by the Archdiocese Uniform Code of Parish Regulations (UPR), and also by our Parish By-Laws, which are similar to a constitution, both of which are also available for viewing and download below.


Parish Council Members



Our 2023 Parish Council

Executive Officers:

President- Susan Kallis
Vice President – George Nitsos
Secretary – Joyce Kossaras
Co-Treasurers – JoAnne Schultze & Dr. Debra Chinonis

Council Members:

Dena Althiede
Diane Foraker (not pictured)
Elaine Joynt-Duffy
Maria Liveiratos-Dobbins
Diana Panos-Lillar
Lori Photiou
Olga Steinhoff



Church Administration

Parish Council Guidelines

Assumption GOC Bylaws