The Diocesan Finance Council plays an important role in Diocesan operations and decisions. The role of the Finance Council is to provide oversight of the Finance Office and assist the Bishop in an advisory capacity on temporal affairs. The Diocesan Finance Council also has the responsibilities of preparing the annual Diocesan budget and accepting the annual financial report.

A Diocesan Finance Council is required by Canon Law in every diocese. The council also serves to strengthen accountability and ensure that good financial practices are in place and followed.

Members of the Diocesan Finance Council must be Catholics in good standing with the Church. Canon law requires that they be “truly expert in financial affairs and civil law, outstanding in integrity.” (c. 492, § 1)

Below is a list of all current members of the Diocesan Finance Council in the Diocese of Scranton:

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.

Carlon Preate
BS Accounting                   University of Scranton
MBA                                      New York University
CPA, Retired

John Graham

Reverend Gerald Shantillo
Bachelors in Business Administration and Accounting                      Bloomsburg University
Masters in Business Administration – Finance                                      Binghamton University
Former Healthcare Finance Executive – served as Accountant, Controller, Chief Financial Officer and COO

Sister Therese O’Rourke
Special Projects Coordinator for Friends of the Poor
Licensed Social Worker
Masters Degree in Education

John Devine
BS Public Affairs and Administration, university of Scranton
Vice President BCM Engineers / ATC Group Services LLC.
Former Business Administrator/ Deputy Mayor for City of Scranton

Paul Woelkers
Radiologic Technologist
President / CEO Lackawanna Mobile X-Ray, Inc

Barbara Maculloch