Archives for September 2016

NFPC This Week, #679 – 9/25/-10/1/2016

Of Note This Week –

Council Notes from Des Moines (August 2016)

Council members unanimously approved the position of a part-time Servant Minister. All were in favor of the internal forum. If necessary the Servant Minister should report to the Presbyteral Council, minutes note.

– After discussion with pastors and lay ministers of music and liturgy, the director of the Office of Worship determined there is a need for ongoing liturgical formation. Minutes note workshops for themes on how to pray and Liturgy 101 for Music Directors will be developed. Two objectives are pinpointed: 1. Liturgical catechesis, and 2. Development of liturgical guidelines for and policies for the diocese.

– Publishing a diocesan hymnal is under consideration.

– Father Paul Turner will facilitate the Nov. 10 Clergy Study Day.

– Mass stipend policy was discussed. Choices are explained in the Clergy Handbook.

– The director of the Finance Office informed members of the need to share bookkeeping/accounting personnel among small parishes. Training is being considered for newly hired bookkeeping personnel.

– Grace That Reigns, a proposal for missions, retreats, and Days of Recollections was announced. Dodge City Bishop-Emeritus Ronald Gilmore is spiritual advisor. Website:

– Bishop encouraged priests to take membership in gyms, get annual physicals, and make exercise a high priority to keep healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Council members suggested during retreats and workshop son on the matter of motivating for healthy living should be addressed.

– The Pastoral Center will be renovated. Offices will be relocated in November. Minutes note the Blue Ribbon volunteer experts have been a great help with the project.

– The Catholic Foundation, now in its 3rtd year, has a formidable asset base. Minutes note Bishop encourages parishes to invest in the foundation in order to take advantage of faith-based investments and diocesan solidarity.

– Minutes note the diocese is undergoing succession planning and reorganizing the structure of diocesan staff and offices.

– Faith Journey – a two-year program for internalizing the faith began in September.

– 2016-2017 dates were announced for the Rich Soil Catechetical Program

– Finally, minutes note John Carr from Georgetown University and Dr. Patrick Cooper from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology will conduct the 2016 Fall Workshop from Oct. 2-6 on the topic of “Laudato Si’: Capturing then Vision of Pope Francis in this Jubilee of Mercy.”

– Fr. Chris Collins, SJ will be the retreat director for the June 4-8, 2017 Priests’ Retreat.

Courage ministry names new executive director

Father Philip G. Bochanski.  Photo courtesy of Carmel Communications via Catholic News Agency

Father Philip G. Bochanski. Photo courtesy of Carmel Communications via Catholic News Agency

Courage, an international apostolate of the Catholic Church that ministers to people with same-sex attraction, announced that Father Philip G. Bochanski, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has been appointed new executive director.  He replaces Father Paul Check, a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT, whose bishop named him rector of St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford, CT.

According to Religion News Service (Sept. 27, 2016), Fr. Bochanski has served as associate director of Courage International since January 2015. He served as a pastoral associate in several Philadelphia parishes and as chaplain for the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, the Philadelphia guild of the Catholic Medical Association, and the Philadelphia chapter of the Courage Apostolate.

The RNS report notes Fr. Bochanski has been instrumental in implementing Clergy Study Days in the Philadelphia archdiocese, which provides continuing formation for the priests of a diocese about the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality, how to present that teaching in a clear and compassionate way, and how to provide authentic pastoral care to men and women who experience same-sex attractions.

His appointment is effective January 1, 2017.

For the RNS report, click here.

For the Catholic News Agency (Sept. 29, 2016) profile, click here.

For the Courage Apostolate website, go to:

Leadership Roundtable names new CEO

The Board of Trustees of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management (Leadership Roundtable) announced Kim Smolik, Ed.D. has been appointed to serve a CEO effective Oct. 24, 2016.

The announcement was made in a press release on Sept. 27.

Dr. Smolik, who served as executive director of the Franciscan Mission Service, succeeds Kerry Alys Robinson who oversaw creation, development and expansion of the Leadership Roundtable for its first eleven years, from its founding in 2005 by Geoffrey T. Boisi. The press release notes Ms. Robinson will serve as a global ambassador and chief advocate of the unique mission of the Leadership as it expands to serve the Church worldwide.

For the entire press release, click here.

Professional Development Webinar Series

amp_newAve Maria Press in partnership with NFPC, NALM, and NCCL presents The Nuptial Mystery: The “New” Order of Celebrating Matrimony”

When  – Tuesday, Oct. 11 – 3:00-4:00 pm EDT

Presenter – Timothy O’Malley, is the director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. This webinar will explore both the theological and ritual changes to one of the earliest rites promulgated after the Second Vatican Council. It will also discuss how formation for this rite in dioceses and parish can be a catalyst for the New Evangelization.

For more information and to register, click here.

The Rebuilt Field Guide: Ten Steps for Getting Started

rebuilt_guideThe Rebuilt Field Guide: Ten Steps for Getting Started, by Father Michael White and Tom Corcoran is the latest offering in the Rebuilt Parish series. The workbook offers practical steps that will help your team set change in motion with tools including:

  • A checklist that helps identify the real problems facing your parish and seven questions to help you prioritize them
  • A seven-part exercise to help you decide which parish activities do not support your disciple-making mission and then make a plan to stop doing them
  • A simple, focused demographic assessment to help you identify your own “Timonium Tim”
  • A discussion and planning guide for moving toward great liturgical music
  • Seven conversation starters to help your team set a course for dealing with the conflict that inevitably comes with change

The exercises are adapted from those used at Church of the Nativity, where the Rebuilt series was created and developed, and correlate to the chapters of Rebuilt. The book will show you how to stop everything you are doing, rethink your purpose, and focus your attention on discipleship and evangelization.

Available for $9.95 from Ave Maria Press, P.O. Box 428, Notre Dame, IN  46556-0428. Tel:(800) 282-1865. Fax: (800_ 282-5681. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site:

The Church We Want: African Catholics Look to Vatican III

want_church-croppedThe Church We Want: African Catholics Look to Vatican III, edited by Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, SJ is an anthology of work that resulted from the Theological Colloquium on Church, Religion, and Society (TCCRSA) which was held over three years, 2013, 2014, and 2015. To date two volumes have been published and the third scheduled to be released by the end of the year. The present anthology is a selection of essays from all three volumes for a global audience and for the purposes of introducing current trends and issues in African theological scholarship. The volume is a treasure for anyone with an interest in theological reflection from an African perspective, and a necessary resource for theologians and scholars working in a church that is steadily moving its center to the Global South. Available for $35.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site:

Priestly Ministry in the 21st Century: Where Do We Go From Here? – A lecture by Mary Gautier, senior research associate at CARA.

c21_priestlySponsor – C21-The Church in the 21st Century, a project of Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

When – Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, 5:30 pm (EDT), 

Where – School of Theology and Ministry, Room 100

Free and open to the public.

For more information and to register, go to:  

Father Tony is being destroyed and there is simply no mercy being shown this wonderful priest who has 3 masters and one doctorate. He was fired or terminated because he is rigid, but he spent from 12 years old until his 50’s in seminary environments. He had no place to live so he has been living with us for 3 months. He was told he had a really good chance of getting a job in Houston, but 3 months later and based on the lack of recommendation he was told he needed therapy. Yes, he is rigid about his faith, but he is kind and flexible in wanting to help all of us. Such a humble man who is truly being destroyed. This is simply not the church I know. Letters and petitions sent to the Archdiocese were either not received or dismissed. Dear Father Tony with tears in his eyes says there is no mercy for him! Someone please, please help him find a job! We need priest like him, not politically correct, money seeking ones that have forgotten their mission in life or so it seems.

Dallas priest named bishop of Lubbock, Tex.

Bishop-elect Robert Coerver. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Dallas.

Bishop-elect Robert Coerver. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Dallas.

Pope Francis named Monsignor Robert Coerver, a priest of the Diocese of Dallas as bishop of Lubbock, Tex. He replaces Bishop Placido Rodriguez, CMF whose resignation was accepted due to reaching the age limit

Bishop-elect Coerver, 62 a native of Dallas, was ordained in 1980. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Dallas, and pursued post-graduate studies at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), in Rome. He also holds a licentiate in spiritual theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Texas A & M University. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Dallas in 1980.

Bishop-elect Coerver served in a variety of pastoral and administrative assignments including director of Spiritual Formation, Holy Trinity Seminary; director Office of Spiritual Development of Priests; and director, Committee for Ongoing Formation of Priests. Additional assignments included vicar forane, member of College of Consultors, and member of the Presbyteral Council.

His ordination and installation is scheduled for Nov. 21 at Christ the King Cathedral in Lubbock.

For the USCCB News Release (Sept. 27, 2016), click here.

For the Diocese of Dallas News Release (Sept. 27, 2016), click here.