Diocesan Assemblies

Once a year, clergy and lay representatives from each parish, monastery and institution meet to discuss the administration of the diocese.  The Annual Diocesan Assembly shall elect members of the Diocesan Council, adopt a Diocesan Budget for the following fiscal year for the Diocese, elect an Auditing Committee, and conduct any other business properly brought before the Assembly.

For more regarding the Diocesan Assembly, please see para IV.6 of the Diocesan Bylaws.

Save the date! Diocesan Assembly October 24th-26th, 2023

The Diocesan Council is pleased to announce that the 2023 Diocesan Assembly will be hosted by St. Seraphim Cathedral/Holy Protection Church in Santa Rosa, CA. As usual, registration and agenda will be posted on this site in July.

Thank you to Archpriest Lawrence Margitich and the faithful at St. Seraphim Cathedral for agreeing to host us. We look forward to seeing everyone in October.


A limited number of rooms have been reserved the Oxford Suites in Rohnert Park at a special rate for this occasion. To make reservations, call the hotel directly at 707-584-0333 and reference Diocesan Assembly OR use booking link http://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=3830671&hotelID=106575 Please make your reservations by September 24, 2023 to obtain the group rate.

Download Hotel Information

Special Program for recent arrivals to the Diocese

This year, all priests who began their ministry in the Diocese of the West from 2018 onward are called by the Archbishop to attend a pre-Assembly session for them with the chancellor and deans on Tuesday, October 24th at 1 pm (no lunch provided) in the Protection Church.

Archbishop Benjamin’s Address to the 2023 Assembly

Minutes from the 2022 Diocesan Assembly: Download

DELEGATE BOOKS (4): Prepared in advance for review by delegates

Book 1: Instructions and Schedule:

Book 2: Deanery and Parish Reports:

Book 3: Department, Institution and Financial Reports:

Book 4: Treasurer/Financial Reports:

Call for Reports

Parish Annual Report 

Email both to chancery@dowoca.org

Past Diocesan Assemblies