Caritas Germany

Our Governance and Working Structures

Governance and Working Structures of German Caritas AssociationGovernance and Working Structures of German Caritas AssociationFor a larger view please click on the chart

The structure of the German Caritas Association helps us to achieve these goals.

The Assembly of Delegates

The Assembly of Delegates has as many as 199 members and is the sovereign power of the German Caritas Association. The Assembly was convened in October 2010 and has a six-year term of office. The Assembly represents all of the member groups of the Association. The Assembly of Delegates has all the rights and duties of a general assembly. It makes decisions on fundamental issues in the Caritas Association and elects the President and Vice Presidents.

The Council

The Caritas Council consists of 29 voting members who serve as supervisors for the Board. The Council makes important decisions affecting the policies of the Association. It approves the budget, accepts budget reports and grants discharge to the Board. The Finance Commission carries out the duties of economic supervision and control of the Caritas Council and has its own Director. The Caritas Council consists of the President, Secretary General, the twelve Chairs and Directors of Diocesan Caritas Associations, and representatives from specialised charity organisations, societies, religious orders and local associations. The Caritas Council is elected by the Assembly of Delegates.

The Board

The operations of the Association are overseen by the Board. This full-time office is limited to a term of six years. The Board currently consists of President Prelate Dr. Peter Neher, who is also the Head of Association Management, Development and International Responsibility, Secretary General Hans Jörg Millies, who is also Financial Director and Personnel Manager and Eva Maria Welskop-Deffaa who is Director of Social Policy and Professional  Policy. 

The President

The President of the German Caritas Association is elected by the Assembly of Delegates. He or she serves a term of 6 years and is the Association’s official spokesperson to the Church and the public. The President functions as one of the Association’s principle bodies and as the Chair in all decision and policy-making commissions, except for the Finance Commission. Prelate Dr. Peter Neher is currently the President of the German Caritas Association. In his work, the President is supported and advised by the Association’s three Vice-Presidents, Gaby Hagmans, Dr. Irme Stetter-Karp and Karl-Heinz Kessmann.

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Statutes of the German Caritas Association

Englische Version der Satzung des Deutschen Caritasverband e.V.

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