Archives for January 2017

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God bless,
Sr. Andrew

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US bishops’ Committee on Migration, Cardinal Blase Cupich denounce executive order on refugees and migrants

usccb_logo1The head US Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration and Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich issued separate statements strongly denouncing the current administration’s executive order that virtually shuts down the refugee admissions program for 120 days and reduces the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States this year from 110,000 to 50,000 individuals, and indefinitely suspends the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

The Committee’s chairman, Austin, Tex. Bishop Joe Vasquez said in part, “We will continue to engage the new administration, as we have all administrations for the duration of the current refugee program, now almost forty years. We will work vigorously to ensure that refugees are humanely welcomed in collaboration with Catholic Charities without sacrificing our security or our core values as Americans, and to ensure that families may be reunified with their loved ones.”

In Chicago, Cardinal Blase Cupich issued a statement on Jan. 29 that noted in part, “These actions impose a sweeping and immediate halt on migrants and refugees from several countries, people who are suffering, fleeing for their lives. Their design and implementation have been rushed, chaotic, cruel and oblivious to the realities that will produce enduring security for the United States.”

He went on to state, “The world is watching as we abandon our commitments to American values. These actions give aid and comfort to those who would destroy our way of life.”

For the US bishops’ Committee on Migration statement, click here.

For Cardinal Cupich’s statement (PDF), click here.

Christ the Immigrant: A poem composed by Father Larry Dowling

Ten years ago for Christmas, Father Larry Dowling, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and pastor of St. Agatha’s Parish in East Garfield Park area of Chicago, composed a poem for Christmas 2006. In light of the current status of curbing travel of refugees and migrants to and from the US, we’re, posting the poem for reflection.

Christ the Immigrant

He longed to cross the boundary
between heaven and earth
Without controversy, without fear,
To offer His Gifts, His Joy,
His challenge, His Sacrifice, His Love.
He came without reservation
To seek a home among the human race.He came because Heaven sent Him
And earth, through a woman, invited Him.
Yet convention, tradition could have
Prevented His welcome into a family
Were it not for the intervention of
An angel in a dream.Even while in the womb
He was forced to travel
With mother and father
To a place where the only welcome
Was into a dirty stable where animals fed.

Born in poverty, he again was forced
To flee to another country,
Victim of an oppressive government
Fearful of what He might become,
A perceived threat to those in power.
And other parents suffered and children died
Because of the fear of a Child,
among many children, born of Love.

Reaching adulthood, he traveled as well,
Welcomed by some, rejected by others.
Even his hometown people
Could not accept a migrant preacher
Who preached freedom for all,
Invitation to all, without border or boundary,
To have full citizenship in God’s kingdom.

In his travels, He welcomed fellow travelers,
Inviting them to leave their homes
To migrate with Him to sow the fields
Of the human heart with hope and promise.
With His companions, He mended many
A broken spirit and body, planting seeds
Of new possibilities, new life in
Soil that seemed dry and barren.

In His travels, He shared many a meal
With those who had lost their way
And, in His waiting on them,
Nourished their bodies
with the fruit of the land
and their souls with the sustenance
of forgiveness and new life,
And a formal invitation to join
In the journey to the Promised Land.

In his travels, He preached the
Gospel of the migrant, the Bedouin,
The one who knows that life is
Nothing but a journey;
The Gospel of blessedness
For those who hunger, mourn,
Offer mercy, seek peace,
approach life humbly, brush off
The pain of rejection for doing what’s right.He is clear about the destination and what
Getting there requires: To provide for any
Migrant who crosses the borders
of our consciousness:
Welcome, Shelter, Clothing, Food,
Drink, Security, Respect,
Companionship, Forgiveness,
Encouragement.Even in his final hours,
He offered His Body, His Blood
His Sweat, His Tears, for others.
In the end/beginning, He came,
Like all migrants, to a crossroads,
A choice between life for Him and His family,
Or death of the spirit of all He cared about.

And so He chose Life, the travail of
Journeying on behalf of His family,
to an unfamiliar, unwelcoming place,
To offer His gifts, His talents,
His toil, His passion, His heart,
His Spirit, His life, in order to find
a permanent home in our hearts.

Will you allow the Child, The Son, The Man/Christ
to cross the borders
of your fears, doubts, prejudices
to find a place to be born, to grow and mature?
Will you welcome the Mother and Father,
and countless migrant Mothers and Fathers,
who bear His image within them
Seeking to travel the road of Promise?

Will you welcome Him?

Fr. Larry Dowling
December 17, 2006

NFPC This Week – #695, 1/22-1/28/2017

Of Note This Week –

NFPC 49th Annual National Convocation of Priests April 24-27, 2017, Anaheim, CA


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Employment Opportunity

HannaThe Hanna Boys Center, a private non-profit residential center located in Sonoma, California, is looking for a Catholic priest in good standing to act as Chaplain.

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Nominations open for 2017 Father George W. Hunt, SJ Prize for Excellence in Journalism

America Nominations for the 2017 George W. Hunt, SJ Prize for Excellence in Journalism is now open. The Hunt Prize is awarded annually by the trustees of America Media and Saint Thomas More Chapel & Center at Yale University. The $25,000 prize will be awarded this year in the category Fiction Writing and Drama.

For more information on eligibility requirements and application process, go to:

Council Notes from Monterey (November 2016)

The first topic of discussion at the November meeting of the Monterey Council centered on campus ministry at University of California Santa Cruz and California State University Monterey Bay. Focus is on a long-term approach to campus ministry in light of decline in the number of priests in the future. Suggestion made to dedicate long term priestly ministers who are specially trained for the position. Consensus was a full service ministerial approach is preferable.

– The finance officer gave an update on the diocesan-wide Solar Energy Initiative. The diocese is collaborating with the Romero Institute, a Santa Cruz-based interfaith law and public policy center on this effort.

– The proposed Presbyteral summit is still under consideration. Securing the services of a priest of the Diocese of Orange to focus on the topic of an Intentional Presbyterate was mentioned.

– Minutes note a discussion about seminarian formation in light of the withdrawal of the Sulpicians from St. Patrick Seminary & University in Menlo Park. A consideration was put forth to use Assumption Seminary in San Antonio.

– The Vatican document updating guidelines on cremation (Ad resurgendum cum Christo – “To Rise with Christ”) was distributed. Outreach services to parishes are available through the Parish Relationship Manager.

– Minutes note a Catholic Army Chaplain reported that his salary was reduced. The matter may be raised with the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

– Bishop Garcia will send a letter to Pastors requesting three new members for the Pastoral Council Board. The Board has approximately 18 lay members.

– Consideration was discussed of having the Faith Formation Department host conferences in the North and South areas of the diocese.

– Two candidates have been chosen as finalists for the Director of Diaconate and Lay Ministry Leadership.

– Finally, Bishop passed around a copy of a book he received as a gift titled, “What if Your Pastor is a Dud?” by Brian T. Joyce (Aventine Press, Sept. 2016). Minutes note he thought some would find it interesting.

Professional Development Webinar Series – Confirmation – More Than Another Graduation, Jan. 31

AMP_NewAve Maria Press in partnership with NFPC, NALM, NCCL, and NACFLM present, Confirmation More Than Another Graduation

When  – Tuesday, Jan. 31, 3:00-4:00 pm EST

WesleyPresenter – Christopher Wesley, author of Rebuilding Confirmation (Ave Maria Press, 2017) says often especially with teens, Confirmation often feels like a graduation from religious obligation. Christopher will discuss how parishes can reimagine Confirmation preparation in new or existing programs so that teens will become active members of the Church. He was formerly director of student ministry at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland

For more information and to register, click here.