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Stewardship – Developing a Culture of Philanthropy

Stewardship – Developing a Culture of Philanthropy 

Three priests, one of them NFPC president Father Tony Cutcher, reflect on their efforts in raising funds for the church’s mission.

The essay titled “Developing a Culture of Philanthropy: Three Pastors’ Perspectives” appeared in the March 2017 edition of Wisdom from ICSC Strategic Partners, a monthly publication from the International Catholic Stewardship Council.

In the essay, written Griffin O’Shea, senior director at CCS Fundraising, Father Tony and two other pastors, Monsignor William Belford, pastor of St. Teresa Parish in Staten Island, NY, and Father Cosme Fernandes, pastor of St. Martin of Tours Parish in Bronx, NY share their insights on three elements of successful Catholic philanthropy: stewardship, personal requests, and ownership.

For the entire essay, click here.

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NFPC This Week , #702 – 3/12-3/18/2017

Of Note This Week –

South Dakota priest named bishop of Cheyenne

Bishop-elect Steven Biegler. Photo courtesy of the USCCB

Pope Francis appointed Father Steven Biegler, a priest of the Diocese of Rapid City, SD, as bishop of Cheyenne. He replaces Archbishop Paul Etienne, who was appointed Archbishop of Anchorage in late 2016.

Bishop-elect Biegler, 57, a South Dakota native was ordained in 1993. He attended the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, Minnesota. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Sacred Theology degree (S.T.B.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a licentiate of sacred theology (S.T. L., Scripture) from the Pontifical University

He has served in a wide variety of pastoral and administrative assignments and is currently vicar general. He was diocesan administrator in 2010-2011.

His episcopal ordination is scheduled for June 5.

For the USCCB Press Release, click here.

For the Catholic News Agency (March 16, 2017) report, click here.

For a report from Rocco Palmo’s (March 16, 2017) blog, click here.

Update on the Catholic Second Wind Guild

Father Ron Knott, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville and founder of the Catholic Second Wind Guild, a ministry to help bishops and priests in the Caribbean islands of the Grenadines and Barbados, is looking for priests who would consider a “mission vacation” in the Caribbean.

We wrote about the Catholic Second Wind Guild in NFPC This Week, #675 – 8/28-9/3/2016 [http://nfpc.org/?s=Catholic+Second+Wind+Guild].

To find out more about a “mission vacation,” click here for a PDF.  Or contact Fr. Ron at (502) 303-4571. E-mail: [email protected]

Father Stanley Rother to be beatified in September

Fr. Stanley Rother. Illustration courtesy of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

The Catholic News Service (March 13, 2017) reported that Father Stanley Rother, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, who was gunned down in his rectory by assassins in Guatemala in April 1981 will be beatified on Sept. 23.

In an interview published March 13 by The Oklahoman daily newspaper, Archbishop Coakley said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, will be representing the pope at the beatification ceremony in Oklahoma City. It will take the priest one step closer to sainthood. In general, following beatification, a miracle attributed to the intercession of the person being considered for sainthood is required for that person to be declared a saint.

The Vatican congregation recognized Father Rother’s martyrdom last December. [See NFPC This Week, #688 – 11/27-12/3/2016]

A 2015 biography of Fr. Rother, published by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing described the life and ministry of the Okarche, OK priest. The book written by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, is titled “The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run: Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma.”   

For the CNS report, click here.

For the NFPC This Week annotated review of Fr. Rother’s biography, click here.

Employers “commit grave sin” if workers transferred or dismissed due to shady business deals: Pope Francis

Near the end of Pope Francis’ Wednesday general audience on March 15, he mentioned that businesses that close down factories and dismiss or transfer employees due to “unclear economic maneuvers or negotiations … commit a very grave sin.”

The pope was referring to the Italian television company, Sky Italia, hoping that “their employment situation may find a rapid solution, respecting the rights of all, especially families.”

According to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Sky Italia claimed the move was due to rising costs and an outdated digital infrastructure in Rome. Local workers’ unions have criticized the company’s decision that will force 300 workers to transfer from the capital while an estimated 200 employees will be left without a job.

For a transcript of the pope’s Wednesday general audience courtesy of Zenit News Agency (March 15, 2017), click here.

For the Catholic News Service (March 15, 2017) report, click here.

A report on the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgies

Crux News (March 11, 2017) reports on the Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgies at the University of Notre Dame. The program is sponsoring its biennial preaching conference at the Notre Dame campus July 24-26.

For the Crux report, click here.

For more on the Preaching Academy, click here.

16th Annual Acculturation Seminar for International Priests, June 19-23

The 16th Annual Acculturation Seminar for International Priests will take place from June 19-23 at the Queens Campus of St. John’s University in Queens, NY.

For more information contact, Vincentian Center for Church and Society, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Queens, NY 11439. Tel: (718) 990-1612. Fax: (718) 990-1901. E-mail: [email protected]. To go directly to the web site, click here.