Archives for December 2017

Please change my address and email.
For Rev William L Stanfield
From – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
PO Box 68
North Lake, WI 53064
To – 9405 W. Howard Ave., Apt 371
Greenfield, WI 53228
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NFPC This Week, #740 – 12/24-12/30/2017

Of Note This Week –

NFPC welcomes Dan Snow

The NFPC is happy to announce a new temporary member of its team. Dan Snow, a native Chicagoan, joins us to be the new interim Project & Research Assistant and Editor of NFPC This Week during Alan’s transition.  Dan’s bio is below. Please join us in welcoming him:

My name is Dan Snow, and I am excited to be assisting the National Federation of Priest’s Councils. I am a lifelong Chicagoan from the city’s Northwest Side. I am a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago where I received my BA and MA, both in History. I primarily studied American urban history with a focus on immigration and religion in the industrial North, with special emphasis on Catholicism.

I am grateful to the NFPC for giving me the opportunity to work with them during this time, and am especially thankful for the assistance of Alan in welcoming me to the organization. I have been impressed by his commitment and his knowledge, and hope that I will be able to continue his work with the same dedication. My goal is to ensure a smooth transition for This Week as Alan ends his 21 years of service and to set up the newsletter for continued success moving forward. If you have any ideas, comments, or questions, do not hesitate to reach out via email at [email protected].

Thank you!

Father Larry Dowling’s Christmas Poem 2017

Father Larry Dowling, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and pastor of St. Agatha Parish, sent us his annual Christmas Poem, this year titled Christmas Surrender. For the text, click here.

Father Donald Cozzens on clericalism

The Dec. 26, 2017 edition of US Catholic magazine posted an essay by Father Donald Cozzens titled “Don’t put priests on a pedestal.” In the article he contends that clericalism is a “cancer crippling the Catholic world—from local communities to Vatican offices—is so deeply embedded in our past and present church fabric that we need a careful presurgery examination. So pull on your surgical gloves and join me in the pre-op room.”

In 2004 Fr. Cozzens wrote A Faith that Dares to Speak, (Liturgical Press) in which he delves into the clerical culture.

Fr. Cozzens received NFPC’s Touchstone Award earlier this year.

For the entire US Catholic essay, click here.

Ave Maria Press, in partnership with the NFPC, NALM, NCCL, and NACFLM, presents a free webinar: Adult Faith Formation Practices for Mature Adults

When  – Jan 23 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

Presenter –  Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP will explore some of background principles for what we might do in our parishes today as well as practical, usable, sensible, and realistic methods and practices.

For more information and to register, go to:

SLIconnect, the education resource of St. Luke Institute, presents From Toxic to Tolerable: Navigating a Difficult Workplace

When – Thursday, Jan. 25 -1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

Presenter Emily Cash – Emily Cash, Psy. D., director of the candidate assessment program for Saint Luke Institute and the director of Saint Luke Center, a ministry of Saint Luke Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, will offer strategies for thriving in a challenging ministry environment.

Cost – $25.00 [Includes unlimited access to the on-demand recording and resource materials.]

For more information and to register, go to:

NFPC Appeal Letter December 2017

My dear brother in Christ,

If you are like me, you have been inundated with the usual year-end pleas for donations. This is another one of those pleas. But this one is a little different. While there are many good causes that would benefit from your generosity, none of those has an impact on your life and ministry as a priest. The NFPC does.

Since our founding nearly 50 years ago, the NFPC has worked tirelessly for the communion, brotherhood and solidarity of priests in the United States. We began as a response to the call of Vatican II to greater collaboration. Along the way, we have advocated for wages and benefits, a code of conduct, priest personnel boards and much more.

We live in a fast-changing society and the priesthood has changed with it. The NFPC has endeavored to keep pace. As over 50% of us move through our 60s and 70s, our concerns have changed. And the NFPC continues to take up these concerns. Topics like pensions, living arrangements in retirement, long-term care issues. And in the meantime, the NFPC continues to be in the forefront of the conversation about multi-parish pastoring and the effects it is having on the American church.

Far from just advocacy, the NFPC continues to be a place where these conversations can happen. Through my travels around the country, talking with priests and councils about the issues they are struggling with, I have gained a perspective that I willingly share with all my brother priests. That is the genius of the NFPC – to be a conduit of communication, to tell people that the issues they are working on are also issues for others. In essence, to make our brothers across the country not feel isolated or alone.

This advocacy, communication and information do not come cheap. In a time when many dioceses continue to cut costs by ceasing to support the NFPC, I must turn more and more to the generosity of people like you to help me and the staff continue to be able to research on the very topics that will have an impact on your life and ministry as a priest. Recently, we received a request from a brother priest who had a rare form of cancer that impacted his ability to minister. He called to ask if we knew of any other priest that might have the same difficulty. Because of our formidable connectedness around the country, we were able to connect this man with someone who had found a way to minister with this condition.

So you see, even though we provide excellent workshops and publish important research studies (which you can read more about at, I am most proud of our ability to help a brother priest when he needed it most.

And so I ask you to help support the NFPC so that we can continue to make a difference in the life and ministry of priests, whether it be advocacy to help change the system or simply connecting a brother priest to the resources he needs to minister effectively where he is.

And finally, I invite you to join us and your brother priests for four days of rest, relaxation, world-class speakers and great conversation in a world-class city. On April 23rd, we will gather at The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago, the city of our founding, to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. You owe it to yourself and your parishioners to return to your parish with new ideas and new contacts, renewed and refreshed and ready for the Easter season. I promise you will be home in time for the weekend Masses. Check out the Convocation schedule and speakers at

Thank you for all you do as a priest of Jesus Christ. Thank you for continuing to support your NFPC and investing in
a healthy, holy priesthood.

Yours truly,

Rev. Anthony E. Cutcher

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NFPC This Week, #739 – 12/17-12/24/2017

Of Note This Week –

Editor’s Note: A truly blessed and peaceful Christmas filled with the joy and love of the infant Jesus.

Editor’s Note 2:

Dear Friends,

This issue of NFPC This Week is my last as editor. I am retiring from NFPC as of January 1. It was not an easy decision. I’m taking my cues from Father Ron Knott, who recently retired from writing his weekly column for the Louisville archdiocesan newspaper, The Record. “’Knowing when to quit’ is something that all of us have to deal with at different points of our lives. The opposite is ‘overstaying your welcome,’” Fr. Ron stated.

I’ve been very fortunate to have worked at a job I love for nearly 21 years. I’m grateful for the support over the years of five presidents and our Board and Council of Consultors. And most importantly, I am deeply grateful for collaborative, cooperative, and super coworkers.

At the end of his column Father Ron quotes an unknown author: “There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind, but keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.”

Father Ron received NFPC’s Touchstone award in 2008.

Thank you, our priest-readers, for your support and editorial comments through the years.

We’ll keep you posted on my replacement as soon as that decision is made.

Peace and all good,

Alan Szafraniec