Archives for November 2016

Sulpicians to pull out of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University

st_patricksA Press Release from the Communications Office of the Archdiocese of San Francisco dated Oct. 22 notes, “that after 118 years, they [the Society of the Priests of St. Sulpice (Sulpicians)] will be withdrawing their administrative and academic services from the Seminary at the end of this academic year, June 30, 2017.”

While expressing gratitude for the Sulpicians, “very long service to the archdiocese and to those other dioceses served by the Seminary,” the release expresses regret that the archdiocese “did not have the opportunity to explore the possibility of forming a new collaborative model with the Sulpicians.”

The seminary’s Board of Trustees announced formation of a search committee to assist Archbishop Cordileone to fill the position of Rector.  St. Patrick’s Seminary & University is located in Menlo Park, CA. It serves the Archdiocese of San Francisco and other dioceses in the Pacific region.

For the entire Press Release, click here.

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NFPC This Week, #687 – 11/20-11/26/2016

Of Note This Week –

Employment Opportunity

baltThe Archdiocese of Baltimore is attempting to fill two positions:

  1. – Coordinator Hispanic Pastoral Formation and Catechesis
  1. – Director of Hispanic Ministry

For more information, qualifications, and contact information, click here.

Council Notes from Cincinnati (September 2016)

The first item on the agenda of the September meeting of the Cincinnati Council was a report form the Teacher Advisory Committee meetings. The meetings centered on ways to help Catholic school teachers make it more affordable to send their children to Catholic schools. Minutes note flexible policy being considered to assist Catholic schoolteachers in this regard.

– Minutes note an extensive discussion concerning the assessment on Stipend Revenues earned by parish employees and processed through the parish payroll.

– Members expressed support for the canonical establishment of a Legionary community in the archdiocese.

– Finally, after consultation, policy was amended on Second Collections in the archdiocese.

Pope names two auxiliary bishops for Detroit and one for Orange

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, Pope Francis named Father Gerard W. Battersby, 56 vice rector of Detroit’s Sacred Heart major Seminary and Father Robert J. Fisher, 57, pastor of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Mich. as auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Bishop-designate Battersby was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1998. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Wayne State University and a master of divinity degree from Sacred Heart Major Seminary. In addition, he received a licentiate in sacred theology in 2008 from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in sacred theology at the Angelicum. He has held a variety of pastoral and administrative assignments including being a member of the Presbyteral Council.

Bishop-designate Fisher was ordained in 1992. He holds a bachelor of science in management from the University of Detroit. He pursued philosophy studies and earned a master of divinity degree from Sacred Heart Major Seminary. In addition he pursued theology studies at St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan in 1987-88.  He has held pastoral and administrative assignments including being archdiocesan director of vocations from 1995-2000. He was a member of the Presbyteral Council from 2000-2004.

Also on Wednesday, Pope Francis appointed Father Timothy Freyer, 53, as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange in California. Bishop-designate Freyer, currently vicar for priests in the diocese, was ordained in 1989. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from St. John Seminary College in Camarillo, California and then went on to receive his master of divinity degree in 1989. He served in a variety of pastoral assignments since his ordination. He has been vicar for priests since 2012.

For the USCCB News Release (Nov. 23, 2016), click here.

For the Catholic News Service (Nov. 23, 2016) report, click here.

Pope extends Year of Mercy provisions on confession

mercy_logoIn an apostolic letter written at the close of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis extended for an unspecified period the provision that allows priests to absolve those who confess to having procured an abortion, an ability normally reserved only to bishops in some places, and will also continue to grant priests of the schismatic Society of St. Pius X faculties to offer absolution of sins to those who approach them for confession.

“There is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father,” Francis writes in the document. “May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents.”

The apostolic letter titled Misericordia et misera [Mercy and misery].

“Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the Church; it constitutes her very existence, through which the profound truths of the Gospel are made manifest and tangible,” Francis states in the document. “Everything is revealed in mercy; everything is resolved in the merciful love of the Father.”

The pontiff also announced that the church will now celebrate a new “World Day for the Poor” on the second-to-last Sunday of each liturgical year, which normally falls in mid-November.

For the Catholic News Service (Nov. 21, 2016) report, click here.

For the National Catholic Reporter (Nov. 21, 2016) summary, click here.

For a text of Misericordia et misera, courtesy of the National Catholic Register (Nov. 21, 2016), click here.

Christ in All Things: Exploring Spirituality with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

christ_things-croppedChrist in All Things: Exploring Spirituality with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, by Ursula King is an updated version of King’s 1997 publication, which was based on her 1996 Bampton Lectures given in the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford. The 234-page volume is an excellent primer to de Chardin’s spirituality.  The French Jesuit theologian and scientist, was renowned for his efforts to integrate Christian theology with the insights of evolutionary theory and modern cosmology. Though Teilhard’s voice was marginalized during his lifetime, today his insights underlie many of the most important trends in contemporary spirituality. A fine classroom resource for college, university, and seminary courses on spirituality. Available for $26.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site:

Table Blessing for Thanksgiving Day

thanks_2016Almighty God, you bring forth bountiful food from the earth that our loved ones may never grow hungry. For this, we give thanks.

You give us families that meet at this time to reunite and be one with each other. For this, we give thanks.

You have let us live in a land that has unbridled opportunity and unparalleled freedoms, for this, we give thanks.

For those who are hungry today, we pray for their fulfillment. For families that are separated, we pray for their unity. And for people who live in the midst of persecution, we pray for their deliverance. We ask all these things through Christ, our ever-risen Lord. Amen.

Reprinted from the Sunday bulletin (Nov. 20, 2016), of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Chicago.