The Council of Priests is a group of priests that advises the Bishop and assists him in the governance of the diocese. The Council represents all priests who are incardinated into or ministering in the diocese. It expresses the special relationship that exists, sacramentally and fraternally, between the bishop and his priests and is composed mostly of members elected by the priests with some ex officio members and possibly others nominated by the bishop. It is the primary source of counsel to the bishop on matters regarding the pastoral welfare of the diocese.
The Council of Priests ceases while the See is vacant.