Archives for October 2016

NFPC This Week, #683 – 10/23-10/29/2016

A report from Boston College’s Priestly Ministry in the 21st Century lecture


Dr. Mary Gautier and Fr. Oby Zunmas

Father Oby Zunmas, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and a member of NFPC’s Board of Directors attended the Church in the 21st Century’s lecture on Priestly Ministry in the 21st Century: Where Do We Go From Here? on Oct. 13 at Boston College. Mary Gautier, senior research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate was the presenter.

Fr. Oby submitted a report on the lecture, “Where do We Go From Here?” Click here for his report (PDF).

Father Tony talks to John Harper on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air, Oct. 27, 2016

Council Notes from Owensboro (August 2016)

– Bishop Medley reported on the positive experience he had at the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC). He can now celebrate Mass in Spanish.

– The third annual VOCARE banquet took place Sept. 23. VOCARE helps fund the seminarian education.

– The Disciples Response Fund will roll out in pilot parishes in the next few weeks.

– There was an extensive discussion on financing and construction of the new St. Francis of Assisi Church and parish hall. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to recommend Bishop Medley accept the financing arrangement.

– The staff of the diocesan communications introduced themselves and offered assistance to parishes with their websites and Facebook. Discussion included updating the Diocesan Directory, placing the directory on the website and perhaps adding Mass times as well.

– A task force was formed to review the number and function of the deaneries. A questionnaire will be developed and distributed to the Deans to gather input.

–  Minutes note the academic portion of the Permanent Diaconate Program will be transferred to Brescia University. All formation will stay within the diocese and take place within a group setting.

– Finally the annual Provincial meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Owensboro Nov. 29-30. Fr. Tom Gaunt, SJ, executive director of CARA will be the speaker.

Vatican updates guidelines on disposition of cremains

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued some updated rules on the disposition of cremains.

The regulations were released by on Oct. 25, by the Congregation’s prefect, Cardinal Gerhard Muller in a news conference held at the Vatican. The regulations are posted under an instruction called, Ad resurgendum cum Christo (“To Rise with Christ”).

According to the Catholic News Service (Oct. 25, 2016), the cardinal stated while the Catholic Church continues to prefer burial in the ground, it accepts cremation as an option, but forbids the scattering of ashes and the growing practice of keeping cremated remains at home.

In 1963, the congregation issued an instruction permitting cremation as long as it was not done as a sign of denial of the basic Christian belief in the resurrection of the dead. The permission was incorporated into the Code of Canon Law in 1983 and the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches in 1990.

However, Cardinal Muller said, church law had not specified exactly what should be done with “cremains,” and several bishops’ conferences asked the congregation to provide guidance.

For the CNS report, click here.

For a link to the Instruction, Ad resurgendum cum Christo, click here.

For a report on the Cardinal Muller’s news conference courtesy of Zenit News Agency (Oct. 25, 1016), click here.

Professional Development Webinar Series, Exploring “12 Little Ways” to Embrace the Evangelical Mission of the Church, Nov. 15

amp_newAve Maria Press in partnership with NFPC, NALM, NCCL, and NACFLM present a Webinar, Exploring “12 Little Ways” to Embrace the Evangelical Mission of the Church

When  – Thursday, Nov. 15, – 3:00-4:00 pm EST

mutoPresenter – Dr. Susan Muto – Dr. Muto will introduce twelve ways to transform the hearts of parish ministers. These ways range from learning to appreciate the richness of the ordinary to trusting divine mercy.

For more information and to register, click here.

My Battle Against Hitler: Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich

battle_hitler-croppedMy Battle Against Hitler: Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich, by Dietrich von Hildebrand, translated and edited by John Henry Crosby with John F. Crosby.  For those interested in Catholic philosophy and European history prior to World War II this will be an interesting volume. Dietrich von Hildebrand was a German Catholic thinker and teacher who devoted the full force of his intellect to breaking the deadly spell of Nazism that ensnared so many of his countrymen. The book covering the years from 1921 to 1938 tells of the scorn and ridicule he endured for sounding the alarm when many still viewed Hitler as a positive force. The book is divided into two parts: Part One – The Memoirs, Part Two – Writings Against the Nazi Ideology. Available for $17.00 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:


morning-air-thumb-270Father Tony and John Harper speak in this Morning Air interview about priestly ministry and NFPC’s National Convocation of Priests.

Father Tony shares that although priests aren’t trained in administration, a good part of their work is just that, and it is time consuming and often very draining.  Priests need periods of relaxation.

The NFPC National Convocation for all priests is designed for prayer, learning, conversation with brother priests from across the U.S., and relaxation.  With the theme, Forging the Future with Pope Francis, speakers will discuss Priestly Ministry, Immigration, and connecting with Millennials, with the emphasis from Pope Francis on getting out from behind your desk and going to be with the people, ‘among the sheep.’

John asks Father Tony for his input on how to support your parish priest’s vocation, and Father Tony says one way is to encourage him to take his day off each week, and to also take time away from the parish for vacation or to spend with brother priests; give him permission to go.  Reassure him you can handle whatever comes up until he comes back.

In assisting multi-parish pastors, Father Tony encourages parishioners to understand they are all part of the bigger community, using the example of each parish being like individual children with gifts and talents, but all part of one family.

Inspired by the Spirit, John asks if it might be a good idea for parishioners to actually do a small fund raiser to provide their priests with the funds to attend the National Convocation of Priests.  Father Tony says, Absolutely!

NACPA sponsors a free Webinar on new US Dept. of Labor rules applying to church employee overtime pay

The National Association of Church Personnel Administrators [NACPA] is sponsoring a free webinar on new US Department of Labor rules applying to church employee overtime pay. The webinar takes place Tuesday, Nov. 8 – 2:00 pm EST.

The rules go into effect Dec. 1.

Panelists include:

  • Liz Allen, Director of Human Resources, Diocese of Portland, ME
  • Lee Ferrante, Specialist, Human Resources, Archdiocese of Omaha, NE
  • Maureen Fontenot, Director of Human Resources, Diocese of Lafayette, LA
  • Frank Harty, Attorney, Nyemaster Goode, PC, Des Moines, IA

For more information and to register, click here.


NFPC This Week, #682 – 10/16-10/22/2016

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