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NFPC This Week, #725 – 9/10-9/16/2017

Of Note This Week –

Editor’s Note: Father Don Piraro

Editor’s Note: Father Don Piraro, a priest of the Diocese of Lake Charles, LA wrote to tell us that the Prayer for Hurricane Season, posted last week in NFPC This Week, was composed by Bishop Maurice Schexnayder, the second bishop of Lafayette, LA.  He wrote the prayer in response to Hurricane Audrey, which killed about 600 people in Cameron Parish in 1957. Thank you Fr. Don.

Council Notes from Monterey (August 2017)

Bishop Garcia announced that two Scalabrini priests will begin ministry as pastoral administrators in the diocese.

– The Priests Retreat is scheduled for Oct. 2-6. Bishop Gordon Bennett will be the retreat director.

– Plans for celebrating the diocese’s Golden Jubilee were discussed. The Anniversary Mass will take place on Dec. 14. The diocese was established on Dec. 14, 1967.

– The new Director of Finance was introduced.

– Active plan with a committee was formed to establish a parish council in each parish.

– Nominees are being sought for the Pro-Ecclesia Award.

– An extensive discussion took place in regard to training for priests to conduct the Rite of Exorcism and Deliverance Prayer.

–  The Safe Environment Audit was positive. A suggestion was made to diocese’s charter.

– Minutes note the diocese has 27 seminarians in various phases of Formation. Suggestions were made citing ways to encourage more local vocations.

– Teams from the Faith Formation Dept. and Catholic Charities are listing resource fairs throughout the diocese to interact with parish staffs. Minutes note a focus on developing potential lay leadership and type of training/education needed.

– A follow up discussion took place about the July Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando. Minutes note ways of reaching out as missionary disciples to those on the margins. A concern was raised about V Encuentro and the Priests Summit happening at the same time. Possibility of combining events was suggested.

– A conversation took place concerning the spiritual needs of the Latino community. Minutes note as group Latinos seem especially hungry for more and varied experiences. Discussion on this will continue.

– Finally, minutes note an increase in those who kneel to receive Holy Communion. Consensus formed that clarification from Bishop Garcia is needed on this issue.

Father Stanley Rother – reflections from those who knew him

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

A story on the Catholic News Agency (Sept. 13, 2013) website tells of the family history and recollections of Father Stanley Rother by two close relatives. Fr. Rother will be beatified on Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City.

One of the storytellers is Sister Marita, Fr. Rother’s sister and the other, Father Don Wolf, his second cousin.

Fr. Rother was martyred on July 28, 1981 in Guatemala.  It is the story about an unlikely priest, from an unlikely place, to take on an unlikely task, and die an unlikely death, now on an unlikely path to become a canonized saint.

Sr. Marita is a religious sister of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. Fr. Don is a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and pastor of St. Eugene Parish in Oklahoma City. He is past-president of NFPC (1997-2000).

For the entire CNA report, click here.

Monterey priest to receive Lumen Christi award

Fr. Enrique Herrera. Photo courtesy of the Catholic Extension Society

Father Enrique Herrera, a priest of the Diocese of Monterey and pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield, Calif. will received the Catholic Extension Society’s 40th anniversary Lumen Christi Award. He will receive the award at a Mass at his parish on Dec. 10.

In announcing the award, Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension, said, “The Lumen Christi Award shines brightly to honor and give recognition to people who are great missionaries in our country. Father Herrera is a great example. He has stood up as a shepherd for his flock and raised them up. He is a ‘voice for the voiceless,’ but he is also helping people to find their own voice, helping them to aspire and to dream. He is a true missionary.”

According to the National Catholic Reporter (Sept. 13, 2017), since arriving at Holy Trinity in the Salinas Valley, Father Herrera saw that parishioners were struggling to feed their families and had few opportunities for a brighter future, he decided that his parish would become a beacon of hope.

Together with his parishioners, he started new programs focused on strengthening faith, education and community.

“Hearts were opened. Individuals started changing. Families started changing. Neighborhoods started changing. Classrooms started changing. The Police Department, Fire Department, school officials, City Council and mayor all got on board.”

A city of 16,000, Greenfield is in the heart of the Salinas Valley. It is comprised mainly of immigrants who come to harvest lettuce, broccoli, grapes and strawberries. Half of the city’s population is under age 21. The average income there is almost 40 percent below the national poverty level.

Fr. Herrera is a member of the Monterey Presbyteral Council.

For the Catholic Extension Society posting on the Lumen Christi Award, click here.

For the NCR report, click here.

Pope speaks to newly appointed bishops

In an address to a class of new bishops on Thursday, Sept. 14, Pope Francis told them, “I invite you … to cultivate an attitude of listening, growing in the freedom to renounce your own point of view when it is shown to be partial and insufficient in order to assume God’s point of view.”

The pope told them their job is to “humbly — without attention-seeking or narcissistic behavior — offer your own concrete witness of union with God, serving the Gospel that is cultivated and helped to grow in that specific situation.”

Authentic discernment,” the pope said, “although definitive at every step, is always an open and necessary process, and can be completed and enriched.”

Although Francis did not make any direct reference on Thursday to the controversy surrounding his document on the family, Amoris Laetitia, and its cautious opening to allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion, many of the new bishops in his audience may have heard an echo of those debates at several points.

Pope Francis was speaking Sept. 14 at the end of several days of meetings at the Vatican for priests appointed as bishops for the first time, hosted by the Congregations for Bishops and the Oriental Churches and commonly referred to as “new bishops’ school.”

For the National Catholic Reporter (Sept. 14, 2017) summary, click here.

For the Crux (Sept. 14, 2017) report, click here.

For the Crux report from Sept. 9, 2017, click here.

Council of Cardinals talk about ongoing reform of the Curia

In meeting for the 21st time from Sept. 11-13 at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, one of the key talking points of the Pope’s Council of Cardinal’s was the selection of personnel in the Roman Curia, with an emphasis on making it more international, and with a higher number of young people and women and ongoing reform of the Roman Curia

In a briefing about the meeting, Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, said the group’s reflection included Pope Francis’ December 2016 address to the Roman Curia and his October 2015 address on the role of the Synod of Bishops in the church.

Burke called the latest meeting of the council, the group’s 21st since its creation in 2013, a “pause for reflection” led by Honduran Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, its coordinator.

The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 11-13.

For the Catholic News Agency report posted on the Crux website (Sept. 14, 2017), click here.

For the National Catholic Reporter (Sept. 13, 2017) summary, click here.

SLIconnect presents Human Formation in the Propaedeutic Year, Nov. 30

Tasha Dorsey

SLIconnect, the education resource of St. Luke Institute, presents, Human Formation in the Propaedeutic Year.

When – Thursday, Nov. 30 – 1:00-2:00 pm EDT

Presenter – Rev. David Songy, OFM Cap. S.T.D., Psy.D. will examine this introductory phase of seminarian formation, which identifies benchmarks for spiritual, psychological, and emotional development. Developing specific goals and objectives for human formation in the propaedeutic stage can provide a solid foundation for growth throughout initial formation.

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

For more information and to register, go to:


I Have Learned From the Least: My Life, My Hopes

I Have Learned From the Least: My Life, My Hopes, by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, is a 127-page paperback that could be described as a memoir. It’s done in the form of an interview that traces his upbringing in humble circumstances, his early vocation to the priesthood followed by theological studies in the United States, service on the International Theological Commission, and his surprising rise in the hierarchy of the Philippine Church and on the world stage. The questions are posed by Gerolamo and Lorenzo Fazzini, editors and journalists. The Contents page list the chapters as:

  1. Son of the People
  2. One Less Doctor, One More Priest
  3. Priests to Learn form the Poor
  4. Theology, a Second Love
  5. Manila, Philippines
  6. Asia Today and Tomorrow
  7. Ecology and the Vindication of Laudato Si’

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