Internal Audit

Mission

The Internal Audit department assists the Archdiocese in its responsibility to be a good steward of the material resources entrusted to the Church to proclaim the Gospel and make tangible the love of Jesus Christ. Its mission is to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting services designed to add value and improve the operations of the Archdiocese. The Director of Internal Audit assists the Archdiocese in accomplishing objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to the department’s work.

Internal audit staff work to evaluate and improve the network of risk management, accounting control, and governance processes and practices of the Archdiocese (including parishes, Archdiocesan high schools and the Catholic Charities Federation).

Governance

The Audit Committee operates under an approved Audit Committee Charter and makes recommendations to the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. In addition to the responsibility and duties outlined in the Audit Committee Charter, the Audit Committee communicates directly with parish Finance Councils and other advisory committees on recommendations provided by the Internal Audit Department.

Employees of the Internal Audit department operate under an approved Internal Audit Charter and report to the Chief Financial Officer (administratively), the Vicar for Finance and Administration, and the Audit Committee of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

As part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recommendations, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis implemented a Financial Misconduct Reporting Hotline - Fraud Hotline - (Fraud Hotline Link) for employees, parishioners, and volunteers to anonymously report suspected financial misconduct.

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