Archives for May 2014

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NFPC This Week #568: 5/18 – 5/24/2014

Of Note This Week –


Memday_prayerEditor’s Note: We wish our subscribers and readers a restful and safe Memorial Day and offer the following prayer courtesy of Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers [USCCB Publishing]

Prayer for Memorial Day

God of power and mercy,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride. Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears, that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters. Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen

Prayer for Memorial Day

Memday_prayerGod of power and mercy,
 you destroy war and put down earthly pride. Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears, that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters. Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord.
 R/. Amen

Report on NFPC Convocation from The Georgia Bulletin

Georgia_BulletinThe Georgia Bulletin (May 15, 2014), the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Atlanta published a summary of the 2014 NFPC Convocation held at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center.

Georgia Bulletin reporter Andrew Nelson wrote about Boston Globe associate editor John Allen’s insight on how Pope Francis has set the tone for priestly ministry – an opportunity for the church to engage with the world. Allen asked the question: “What kind of church would the world see? A “debating society,” or a “field hospital in which the wounds of a bruised and hurting humanity are cured”?

Allen said that although he couldn’t predict which vision of the church will emerge, the second is “by far is the much more attractive missionary and evangelical option.”

NFPC president, Father Anthony Cutcher, noted that the Atlanta convocation was inspired by Pope Francis’ mandate to look beyond church walls. “Let’s stop looking at our navels and go out,” he said.

For the entire Georgia Bulletin report, click here.

NFPC News Release – 2014 NFPC Convocation

Convoc_logo14NEWS RELEASE

National Federation of Priests’ Councils
333 N. Michigan Avenue   Suite 1114
Chicago, IL  60601
Tel: (312) 442-9700

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2014

For information contact:
Alan Szafraniec – [email protected]


“There is nothing more important in our ministry than to be men of hope.” These words of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory echoed throughout the various talks presented at the 46th Anniversary Convocation of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils.  Nearly 100 priests from 44 dioceses, priests associations and religious institutes gathered at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia from April 28th – May 1st, 2014 to pray, reflect and dialogue on the theme “Renewing the Heart of the Church.”

For the entire News Release, click here [MS Word], Click here [PDF]

Charlotte Council Notes

The Ad Hoc Committee to review the Charlotte Presbyteral Council Constitution and By-Laws gave a report at the March Council meeting. There is a proposed addition of a standing committee for Elections & Constitution.

  • A motion was made to mail the draft of the document to the full presbyterate, but failed to pass until proposed clarifications and revisions are settled.
  • A proposal was discussed to establish a cemetery at the Catholic Conference Center. After discussion a consensus emerged that at the diocesan level it would be impractical due to financial, managerial, and location concerns. Parishes, however, are free to enter into a conversation about establishing a cemetery on the property.
  • The Finance and Management report notes that long-term care insurance would be available to employees working at least 20 hours per week.
  • Members heard a report on the Forward In Faith, Hope and Love Capital Campaign. One member raised a concern that a clarification may be needed in order to make a distinction between the FFHL Capital campaign and the parish Challenge goal.
  • The Priestly Life and Ministry report noted that 38 priests attended the Colloquium.
  • The Communications report noted that news alerts will now be sent out when articles are published in secular media outlets.
  • The Vicar General’s report posted Catholic Charity statistics for client services.
  • Bishop Jugis’ comments indicate that due to the growth of the diocese, it is difficult to schedule all confirmation Masses during the Easter season. A schedule is being developed to schedule more Masses for fall 2014.
  • Finally, Bishop Jugis is considering the possibility of creating a House of Discernment at Belmont Abbey College for young men in the early stages of discerning a vocation to the priesthood.

Pope to set up CDF commission to hear clerical sexual abuse offender appeals

On May 19 Pope Francis appointed Argentine Archbishop Jose Luis Mollaghan, of Rosario to be a member of a newly created commission within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith established “to examine the appeals of clergy for ‘delecta graviora,’” the Vatican term for sexual abuse of minors and serious sins against the sacraments.

According to the Catholic News Service (May 19, 2014), The Vatican did not provide further details about the commission, when it would be established, what the extent of its mandate would be, nor the position that Archbishop Mollaghan would occupy. In indicating that the archbishop has headed the Archdiocese of Rosario “until now,” the announcement signaled that being part of the commission would be a full-time job in Rome.
The archbishop was head of the Church’s sex-abuse commission in Argentina. He has also served as secretary general of the national bishops’ conference and as the Argentine delegate to the Latin American Bishops’ Council.

For the CNS report, click here.

For the National Catholic Register (May 19, 2014) report, click here.

Connecticut bishop removes priest for “absenteeism”

Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano removed the administrator of a Shelton, Conn. parish for “persistent absenteeism” and difficulties with parish staff. The Catholic World News (May 21, 2014) report with a link to the Connecticut Post article revealed that Bishop Caggiano “sought and accepted” the resignation of Father John Stronkowski, 54 administrator of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque parish.

In a letter to parishioners the bishop told the parish’s 700 families the change came as a result of Fr. Stronkowski’s “persistent absenteeism from both the rectory and the parish and its ministries, his growing difficulties with both the staff and lay leaders of the parish and other personal and administrative shortcomings.”

In the letter Bishop Caggiano stated that he “referred this issue to the to the Ministerial Misconduct Advisory Board for review and recommendation. The board assists me in reviewing cases of clerical misconduct, either involving adults or that occurs in the exercise of his ministry, and where I must consider action regarding that cleric’s assignment, including temporary or permanent removal or suspension.”

The Connecticut Post report states that Fr. Stronkowski had been serving as temporary administrator and was on that he was on the verge of being appointed pastor in June. However, the bishop said that appointment “will not go forward as previously planned.”
For the entire Catholic World News report, click here.

US bishops travel to El Salvador to parley on protection of migrant children

USCCB_Logo1 (1)Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration and Little Rock Bishop Anthony Taylor, a committee member traveled to San Salvador, El Salvador May 19-22 to discuss with their counterparts the plight of unaccompanied children migrating to the US.

A USCCB Media Release  (May 19, 2014) states the meeting, which takes place annually with migration issues as the main topic, would focus on the rise in number of unaccompanied children migrating to the United States and what steps can be taken to protect them, both in their home countries and along the migration journey.

“It is clear that violence perpetrated by gangs and organized crime in parts of Central America is a contributing factor to the large number of children fleeing,” said Bishop Elizondo. “Steps must be taken to protect these children and to ensure their well-being in their communities.”

The Media Release offers a link to a November 2013 report from a delegation of the USCCB Migration Committee. The report is titled “Mission to Central America: The Flight of Unaccompanied Children to the United States.”

On a related note, the New York Times on May 16, reported that the US Department of Homeland Security considers the recent surge of unaccompanied migrant children to the US from Central America “a level-four condition of readiness,” which means that Homeland Security officials can call upon emergency resources from other federal agencies to help deal with the crisis. The report (link below) states that the US Department of Health and Human Services will open up a shelter for up to 1,000 minors at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Tex. to help alleviate the influx of minors arriving without  a parent or guardian at Border Stations in South Texas.

For the USCCB Media Release, go to:

For the New York Times report, click here.