Archives for October 2015

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NFPC This Week, #632, 10/25-10/31/2015

Of Note This Week –

The Priest as Hero – Fr. James Hewes

The Priest as Hero is the title of an essay written by Father James Hewes, a priest of the Diocese of Rochester. Father Hewes’s reflection is based on his experience at a priests’ retreat conducted by Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of Albany last June in Canandaigua, New York. The essay originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of the Antenna, the Rochester priests’ newsletter. NFPC This Week reprints the essay with permission.

Click here for the essay (in PDF)

Observing the 50th anniversary of Nostrae Aetate

In observance of the fiftieth anniversary Vatican II’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, Nostrae Aetate, we are posting an interview Zenit News Agency (Oct. 28, 2015) conducted with Claudio Epelman, a friend of Pope Francis who knew him as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires. Epelman is executive director of the Latin American Jewish Congress.

Click here for the Zenit interview by Deborah Castellano Lubov.

Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers – Training of the Trainers Workshop, Feb. 4-6, 2016

BICMThe US Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church is sponsoring a Training for the Trainers Workshop for its Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers project.  The Workshop will take place at the Mid-Atlantic Congress, Feb. 4-6 at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD.

The Mid-Atlantic Congress – – is an educational/leadership event co-sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers and the Archdiocese of Baltimore, in partnership with the National Leadership Roundtable for Church Management.

For more information and to register, click here.

Contact person: Yolanda Taylor-Burwell, Education and Projects Coordinator, USCCB, Secretariat for Diversity in the Church, 3211 Fourth St., NE, Washington, DC 20017.

Tel: (201) 541-3350. E-mail: [email protected].

Luis Antonio Tagle: Leading by Listening

Card_TagleLuis Antonio Tagle: Leading by Listening, by Cindy Wooden, chief of the Rome Bureau of Catholic News Service is a 103-page biography of Cardinal Tagle, who has been called “the Asian Pope Francis.” A man of dialogue with an extended family history (his mother is half-Chinese), he thought until the end of high school that his future was in medicine.  It was through a group called the Columbian Squires, a “junior” league enterprise of the Knights of Columbus, that Cardinal Tagle became more involve in the Church. His parents made him join. Some information of the volume is garnered by interviews with Fr. Joseph Komonchak who directed Tagle’s doctoral thesis at The Catholic University of America. As Fr. Komonchak tells Wooden, “He lived a very simple life. He never owned an automobile. He would take public transportation …. He’s very, very committed to the poor; it’s been a part of his own preaching and style of life right from the beginning.” Available for $12.95 from Liturgical Press, 2950 St. John’s Rd., P.O. Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321. Tel: (800) 858-5450. Fax: (800) 445-5899. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site:

Faith & Joy: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Priest

Faith_JoyIn Faith & Joy: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Priest, Fernando Cardenal, SJ (Translated and Edited by Kathleen McBride and Mark Lester) gives readers glimpses of his life as a Jesuit and revolutionary in the war-torn Central American country of Nicaragua of the 1980s. The role of priests in the revolution was a source of bitter controversy with the Vatican as the Prelude by Peter Marchetti explains so well. Cardenal served as minister of Education during the Sandinista era from 1884-1990. For this he was forced to leave the Jesuits when it was deemed his roles as priest and government minister were incompatible. When he left the government position the Society of Jesus reinstated him. The volume relates the journey of a priest who consistently followed his faith and conscience to serve the poor and to live out the revolutionary implications of the Gospel. Available for $29.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site:

Priests in Lafayette, Indiana to hear presentation on illegal drug use

Lafayette-in-Indiana Bishop Timothy L. Doherty reported in his column that his priests will meet on Nov. 4 to hear about the upswing in illicit drug usage, overdosing and drug-related deaths. “These (issues) are affecting our ministries again and more frequently.” His remarks appeared in The Catholic Moment (Oct. 25, 2015) the diocesan newspaper.

He went on the state, “Expert presenters will help us to be better informed, and perhaps more effective, in assisting our communities in the face of a scourge that presents combined elements of public health, law enforcement, mental health, religious and political impacts.”

For Bishop Doherty’s entire column, click here.

Final reports from the synod of bishops

Synod_2015There have been many reports over the past few days summarizing the final document of the just-finished Synod of Bishops on the Family. A number of reports framed the proceedings and the final document in terms of “who won or lost.”

As of this writing, the full text of the final synod document has not been published in English. When it is we will post it.

We found one of the most helpful summaries of the final document is from America magazine online service. A link is provided.

David Gibson, a columnist with Religion News Service (Oct. 27, 2015) conducted an interview with Washington, DC archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl. The cardinal was one of the writers of the synod’s final document. A link to the interview is provided.

Zenit News Agency (Oct. 26, 2015) provided a succinct summary of the final document. A link is provided below.

Finally, Rocco Palmo posts Pope Francis’s remarks to the synod Fathers on Oct. 24 and his homily at the synod’s closing Mass on Oct. 25.

For the America magazine summary, click here.

For the Religion News Service interview with Cardinal Wuerl, click here.

For the Zenit summary, click here.

For Rocco Palmo’s blog, click here.

New Orleans archdiocese launches revamped marriage prep program

Catholic News Agency (Oct. 27, 2015) reported the Archdiocese of New Orleans is changing its marriage preparation process in order to provide uniform spiritual support for engaged couples.

According to the report, the new guidelines call for at least two meetings between a priest or deacon and the engaged couple six to eight months before they marry. The archdiocese’s one-day program for the engaged has been expanded to two separate days so that the couple will have time to discuss what they have learned and heard.

Father Garrett O’Brien headed the committee that recommended the changes.  He said the new guidelines are intended to provide a more consistent way for engaged couples to interact with their priest or deacon.

For the entire CNA report, click here.