Archives for September 2014

NFPC This Week – #583, 9/21/-9/27/2014

Of Note This Week –

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Council Notes

The Green Bay Council held elections at its August meeting. Father Matt Settle was elected Chair and Father Tom Reynebeau was elected Vice-Chair. Father James Dillenburg volunteered to be council representative to NFPC.

  • Bishop Ricken offered comments and began a discussion on the Disciples on the Way program. The program will integrate with the bishop’s pastoral letter, Parishes, Called to be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive, and will provide a roadmap to implementation of the New Evangelization. It will roll out over six years in three phases. The first phase will concern itself with how to pray, the second with formation of disciples, and third with evangelization. Pastors and Parish Council Chairs with receive material and information on implementation.
  • In 2016 Bishop Ricken will ask families to consecrate their home to the Holy Family.
  • The diocesan Communication director gave a presentation on its mission. The department is currently in the process of rebuilding and cultivating a relationship with the media. A point of balanced media reporting has been reached.
  • The director of the diocesan Stewardship and Pastoral Practices office reported on the positive feedback of the updated pastoral council policies.
  • An update was given on the status of the closing and sale of the Holy Name Retreat Center.
  • The chancellor and director of administration reviewed a draft of the Alcohol and Firearms policy. After discussion and some specific modifications in language, a motion was made, seconded and unanimously passed to approve the new policy.
  • A discussion took place on Capital Plans for the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. Needs include making the shrine handicapped accessible. 150,000 pilgrims visit the shrine annually. A silent fundraising campaign is now taking place.
  • Finally, a discussion ensued about a Capital Campaign for the Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier in order to prepare for it 150th anniversary of the founding of the diocese in 2018. Minutes note significant repairs are needed. A motion was made and unanimously passed for the campaign to move forward.

Anchorage Province Report Priests and bishops of the province gather together annually. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan was the speaker the March 2014 meeting. NFPC Anchorage province representative and Consultor, Father Ross Tozzi gives a presentation on NFPC activities. Each diocese meets separately with their group of priests and bishop. The main purpose of the gathering is priestly fraternity. Anchorage Council –

  • Currently revising the Clergy Compensation package
  • Priests and bishops of the three dioceses [Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau] gather once a year. Next meeting is February 23-26, 2015

Fairbanks Council –

  • Diocese is sede vacante. Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schweitz, OMI is apostolic administrator. His is working to promote vocations.
  • Priests gather weekly for Holy Hour, concelebrated Mass, lunch, and discussion of diocesan concerns.
  • A hope was expressed that treatment centers like St. Luke Institute, Guest House, and St. John Vianney Center not be privatized to be operated solely as business. Priests and bishops are encouraged to take an active interest so that they continue to provide a valuable service of helping priests in recovery.

Juneau Council –

  • The council has established a defined priest retirement benefit plan.
  • The diocese has implemented results of the November 2013 Synod
  • Proposed capital improvements discussed, particularly renovation of the cathedral.

Pope Francis sends Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich to head Archdiocese of Chicago

Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich. Photo courtesy of the Catholic New  World

Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich. Photo courtesy of the Catholic New World

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash. as Archbishop of Chicago. He succeeds Cardinal Francis George, OMI whose resignation was accepted due to reaching the age limit. The cardinal turned 77 in January. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the US, announced the appointment on Sept. 20 in Washington, DC.

Archbishop-elect Cupich, 65, is a native of Omaha, Neb. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1975. In his ministry as a priest, he served as an associate pastor and pastor, rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum, and a member of the staff of the apostolic nuciature in Washington, DC. In 1998 he was ordained as a bishop and appointed to the Diocese of Rapid City, SD. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI named him Bishop of Spokane, Wash.

As a member of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop-elect Cupich chairs the subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. From 2008 to 2011 he chaired the bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Since 2009 Archbishop-elect Cupich has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Catholic Extension Society, a papal society headquartered in Chicago since 1905. As Chicago archbishop he will become chancellor of the society. The Extension Society is a national organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening the Catholic Church in the poorest regions of the United States.  As chairman of the society’s mission committee he has launched many unique national initiatives to strengthen the Catholic faith in under-served communities, including a $15 million-dollar Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative, one of the single-largest investments in the Hispanic Catholic community today.

Archbishop-elect Cupich is also president of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association.

His installation is scheduled for Nov. 18.

We are posting a number of links to stories about Archbishop-elect Cupich’s appointment. In particular, we have links to his Keynote address to the 2008 National Ministry Summit held in Orlando, Fla., in which he offers a theological, sacramental, and ecclesial context for lay ministry.

Also, on June 3 Bishop Cupich gave a response to an address by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga at a conference in Washington, DC organized by The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies on the topic of Catholic Social Teaching and Economic Libertarianism. We have posted a link to Bishop Cupich’s remarks.

For the USCCB Media Release:

http://www.usccb.org/news/2014/14-158e.cfm

Statement by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio: http://www.archsa.org/UserContent/file/Archbishops%20statement_The_appointment_of_Bishop_Blase_Cupich11.pdf

America Magazine remarks:

http://www.americamagazine.org/content/all-things/cupich-resists-labels-pledges-serve-common-good

Keynote address, National Ministry Summit, April 2008, Orlando, Fla.

http://emergingmodels.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Keynote-Theological-Context-of-the-EMP.pdf

Response to Cardinal Maradiaga, Conference on Economic Libertarianism, June 3, 2014, Washington, DC.

https://docs.google.com/a/nfpc.org/document/d/1zC0cvn39aQ483-rKAlp74cu-BE4UxCQsqafTa8_EA4I/mobilebasic?pli=1

Catholic Extension Society announcement:

http://www.catholicextension.org/news-media/media-room/in-the-news/bishop-blase-cupich-succeeds-cardinal-francis-george-new

Father Don Wolf shares a reflection from his column, Amen Corner

Rev. Donald Wolf. Photo courtesy St. Eugene Parish, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Rev. Donald Wolf. Photo courtesy St. Eugene Parish, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Father Don Wolf, former president of NFPC [1997-2000], is pastor of St. Eugene’s Parish in Oklahoma City, OK. In his weekly column for the parish bulletin on September 21, Fr. Don poignantly expresses how recent deaths and funerals of some of his brother diocesan priests continue to shape his ministry and his life.

We asked him if we could share his column called “Amen Corner” for NFPC This Week subscribers and readers and he graciously assented.

Click here for the MS Word document. Click here for the PDF.

Pope Francis removes Paraguayan bishop who shielded abusive priest

The Vatican Information Service (Sept. 25, 2014) reported that Pope Francis has removed the bishop of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and appointed Bishop Ricardo Jorge Valenzuela Rios of Villarrica del Espiritu as apostolic administrator. The report under the VIS heading: Note regarding the succession of the bishop of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, states, “This was a difficult decision on the part of the Holy See, taken for serious pastoral reasons and for the greater good of the unity of the Church in Ciudad del Este and the episcopal communion in Paraguay.”

A report of the action in the National Catholic Reporter (Sept. 25, 2014) explains the action was taken after an apostolic visit in July by Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, the archpriest of St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome and another archbishop to investigate Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity and Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, the bishop of the Paraguayan diocese. The NCR report notes, “In 2002, Urrutigoity was accused of sexual abuse of young men in a highly publicized lawsuit in the diocese of Scranton, Pa. He and another priest, Eric Ensey, were suspended by then-Bishop James Timlin amid allegations that they had sexually molested students at St. Gregory’s Academy. The diocese reportedly reached a $400,000-plus settlement in the case in 2006.” The report goes on to note that Fr. Urrutigoity, a native of Argentina, was transferred to Canada before settling in Paraguay.

Earlier this year, the report notes, Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera expressed concern about Urrutigoity’s career advancement in Paraguay, saying, “Warnings regarding this cleric’s suitability for ministry have not been heeded.” In a message on the diocesan website, the bishop went further and urged anyone who has “suspected, witnessed or suffered abuse at the hands of Father Urrutigoity” to report it to authorities.

For the VIS note, click here.

For the NCR report, click here.

For the Catholic News Service (Sept. 25, 2014) report, click here.

For the Religion News Service (Sept. 25, 2014), click here.

Orange diocese unveils plans for former Crystal Cathedral

Msgr. Arthur Holquin and Most. Rev. Kevin Vann. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Orange

Msgr. Arthur Holquin and Most. Rev. Kevin Vann. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Orange

In 2011 the Diocese of Orange, Calif. purchased the Crystal Cathedral, the edifice of the religious empire of former televangelist, Dr. Robert H. Schuller, for $57.5 million. It is located in Garden Grove, Calif.

Renamed and consecrated Christ Cathedral, the purchase includes a 35-acre campus, which has seven buildings including an Arboretum where currently 11 weekend Masses are celebrated in three languages. According to Rocco Palmo’s Whispers in the Loggia blog, a $100 million capital campaign is underway for the transformation of the property into a Catholic worship space. A video embedded in his blog features, Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange and Monsignor Arthur Holquin, Episcopal Vicar for Divine Worship who explain the plans for the redesign of the unique property. The refurbishing of the 10,000 glass panel main building is described as “one of the most challenging architectural undertakings in the history of the church.”

For Rocco Palmo’s blog and video, go to: www.whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com – and scroll to “Remaking the Crystal”

For the Orange County Catholic report, click here.

For the Los Angeles Times (Sep. 25, 2014) report, click here.

For the Orange County Register (Sept. 25, 2014) report, click here.

Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace

Jesus_PeaceJesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace, by Terrence J. Rynne is a timely volume. It focuses on peace building using the ministry of Jesus as its centerpiece. Rynne starts out by giving an overview of the development of the “just war” theory rooting it in classical literature and in particular Cicero. He goes on to explain how this notion was taken up by St. Augustine and then natural law theorists. Rynne posits that it is time to go to scripture and develop what he calls a “theology of peace.” Peace has to be built, he contends. In the Introduction Rynne writes, Christian discipleship must “go beyond what is ‘natural’ and to explore the full, creative power of non-violence in the ways that Jesus did.”  A thoughtful and challenging read. Available for $25.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. (800) 258-5838. (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected] Web site: www.orbisbooks.com.

The American Catholic Almanac

Amer_CathThe American Catholic Almanac, by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson could be considered a “must have” for interested Catholic readers. The book is subtitled: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rouges and Ordinary People who Changed the United States. The volume in not your typical Catholic history book. The authors put together a day page-a-day account of various Catholic men and women, many rarely heard of before, who had a significant impact on the development of Catholicism in the US. There are three Appendices. Appendix A is a list of American Saints (listed by date of birth, death and feast day), Blesseds, and Venerables (listed by date of birth and death). Appendix B is a list of US dioceses and dates of their founding. Appendix C is a list of US minor basilicas, with dates of designation by the Holy See.  Available in hard cover for $24.00 (also available in e-book format) from Image Books, a Division of Random House, 12264 Oracle Blvd. Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80921. Tel: (800) 733-3000. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.imagecatholicbooks.com.

Pope Francis sends Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich to head Archdiocese of Chicago

Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich. Photo courtesy of the Catholic New  World

Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich. Photo courtesy of the Catholic New World

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash. as Archbishop of Chicago. He succeeds Cardinal Francis George, OMI whose resignation was accepted due to reaching the age limit. The cardinal turned 77 in January. The appointment was announced on Sept. 20 in Washington, DC by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the US.

Archbishop-elect Cupich, 65, is a native of Omaha, Neb. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1975. In his ministry as a priest, he served as an associate pastor and pastor, rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum, and a member of the staff of the apostolic nuciature in Washington, DC. In 1998 he was ordained as a bishop and appointed to the Diocese of Rapid City, SD. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI named him Bishop of Spokane, Wash. 

As a member of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop-elect Cupich chairs the subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. From 2008 to 2011 he chaired the bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Since 2009 Archbishop-elect Cupich has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Catholic Extension Society, a papal society headquartered in Chicago since 1905. As Chicago archbishop he will become chancellor of the society. The Extension Society is a national organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening the Catholic Church in the poorest regions of the United States.  As chairman of the society’s mission committee he has launched many unique national initiatives to strengthen the Catholic faith in under-served communities, including a $15 million-dollar Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative, one of the single-largest investments in the Hispanic Catholic community today. 

Archbishop-elect Cupich is also president of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association.

His installation is scheduled for Nov. 18. 

We are posting a number of links to stories about Archbishop-elect Cupich’s appointment. In particular, we have links to his Keynote address to the 2008 National Ministry Summit held in Orlando, Fla., in which he offers a theological, sacramental, and ecclesial context for lay ministry.

Also, on June 3 Bishop Cupich gave a response to an address by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga at a conference in Washington, DC organized by The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies on the topic of Catholic Social Teaching and Economic Libertarianism. We have posted a link to Bishop Cupich’s remarks. 

For the USCCB Media Release:

http://www.usccb.org/news/2014/14-158e.cfm

Statement by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Archbishop of San Antonio: http://www.archsa.org/UserContent/file/Archbishops%20statement_The_appointment_of_Bishop_Blase_Cupich11.pdf

America Magazine remarks:

http://www.americamagazine.org/content/all-things/cupich-resists-labels-pledges-serve-common-good

Keynote address, National Ministry Summit, April 2008, Orlando, Fla.

http://emergingmodels.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Keynote-Theological-Context-of-the-EMP.pdf

Response to Cardinal Maradiaga, Conference on Economic Libertarianism, June 3, 2014, Washington, DC.

https://docs.google.com/a/nfpc.org/document/d/1zC0cvn39aQ483-rKAlp74cu-BE4UxCQsqafTa8_EA4I/mobilebasic?pli=1

Catholic Extension Society announcement:

http://www.catholicextension.org/news-media/media-room/in-the-news/bishop-blase-cupich-succeeds-cardinal-francis-george-new

Just a brief thank you for your updated website; I have enjoyed the recent addition of the homily helps. I was a past member, now retired, from the Diocese of Fall River, MA.. I served as a provincial rep for several years and prior to that as a rep. from our diocese. I truly enjoyed my years and the wonderful insights from the men who served in similar positions from all over the county. Frequent prayers of thanks for the experience and memories that I continue to enjoy. It is a joy to see it continue. Peace God Bless. Tom L.

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