Chapter IV

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The Government of the Association

§18

(1) The General Assembly of Delegates is an advisory body of the Association. It shall meet to recapitulate the activities of the Association and to present suggestions about activities
(2) Every five (5) years, the General Assembly elects two (2) members to the Board.
(3) The system of electing delegates and the activity of the General Assembly is determined by rules approved by the Board.

§19

(1) The highest internal authority of the Association is the Board.
(2) The Board shall be composed of: the Chairman; the Vice-Chairman; the Treasurer and three members and the spiritual adviser of the Association. The Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy appoints, from among the perpetually professed sisters of the Congregation, the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and one member.  The Provincial of the Southern Polish Province of the Society of Jesus designates the Spiritual Advisor.  The remaining two members [of the Board] are elected by the General Assembly of Delegates. The Chairman, Spiritual Advisor and members of the Board elected by the General Assembly require the confirmation of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Kraków for a term of 5 years.
(3) The Board shall:

i.represent the Association externally;
ii.determines the direction of the Association’s work and directs its activities without prejudice to the appropriate provisions of church law;
iii.approve the regulations of the Association regarding the functioning of its structure s and the ceremonies for the admission of members. It approves the design of the Association’s membership identification cards and badge;
iv.adopt amendments to these Statutes, without prejudice to the provision of §26;
v.adopt annual work plans and decide on the budget breakdown of the Association for the implementation of its particular goals;
vi.accept Members and grant honorary membership;
vii.establish and dissolve communities of the Association at the parish level, without prejudice to the particular provisions of church law;
viii.supervise the activities of the Association;
ix.consider and implement proposals regarding planned activities of the Association, paying special attention to those that were accepted at the General Assembly;
x.engage and dismiss workers;
xi.present annual reports on the activities of the Association to the Archbishop of Kraków and the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, as well as to the General Assembly of the Association;
xii.The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy shall set up a competent committee to evaluate the annual financial activities of the Association’s Board.

§20

(1) The following committees shall operate under the Board: the Formation Committee, the International Committee, and the Publications Committee.

i. The Formation Committee shall organise formation for the Members of the Association; it shall serve pilgrims from Poland arriving at the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki;
ii.The International Committee shall be responsible for contacts with people from other countries and shall serve pilgrims from abroad arriving at the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki;
iii.The Publications Committee shall prepare, in various languages, formational publications that spread and deepen the understanding of the essence of St. Faustina’s mission and the message of the Divine Mercy.

(2) The persons responsible for direct the work of the particular committees shall be appointed by the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.