Father Tony Talks NFPC & the Convocation on the Archbishop’s Hour, Santa Fe

Logo---Small-2An interview with Father Tony, December 12, 2016 on Immaculate Heart Radio’s Archbishop’s Hour with Mary Woods.

This more in-depth interview is an informative look into how NFPC developed as a national organization for priests, and its current strength in connecting the entire U.S. presbyterate.

After an opening introduction of Father Tony, his four parishes, and his trip to Rome and the events surrounding the Consistory of Cardinals, Father Tony speaks about the beginnings of NFPC.

He discusses that with Vatican II came an emphasis on greater collaboration, resulting in the development of Priests’ Councils.  In 1968, NFPC was begun to collaborate and share information between councils.  The organization gained a voice with the bishops and NFPC was able to advocate for priests through the Priests’ Councils, including a just wage, a code of ministerial conduct and priest personnel boards.

Fr. Tony continues with how NFPC connects priests today, especially through the National Convocation of Priests.  This year’s theme is Forging a Future with Pope Francis.  He elaborates on how the Convocation will explore how to put Pope Francis’ words into practice, including presentations on interacting with millennials, immigration and welcoming refugees, and how to live out the priestly ministry.

Priests from all over the country attend, with “a mix of new guys and veterans.” Father Tony described it like a family reunion, seeing brothers, catching up, having some fun and laughter, and learning something.  “New guys get to see us be brothers together across diocesan lines.”  The convocation is open to all priests; more participants help “this wonderful interchange of ideas.”

Mary said how valuable this organization and convocation is for our priests, for that support and sense of brotherhood, and being in solidarity.  Fr. Tony agreed “When you have a priest who knows that he is being valued for being a priest, that he’s not alone, that there is a brother priest out there that can be called, or… our national office…we keep everyone connected.”

“We don’t want priests to feel alone or lonely; there are other priests a phone call or a click away that can be there for our brothers.”

A shout out to Santa Fe’s Fr. Tim Martinez, Board member of NFPC!

More information on the convocation is at nfpc.org.  Father Tony especially welcomes newer priests to come to the Convocation to get an introduction to the national presbyterate.  He encourages the laity to make sure your parish priest knows about this and encourage him to come to the convocation. Tell him it’s okay for him to leave and that you will handle things so he can be with his brothers.

Fr. Tony speaks on Spirit Radio (Nebraska), Spirit Mornings with Jen Brown and Bruce McGregor, December 5, 2016

spirit-mornings-jpegIn a brief but informative interview on Spirit Mornings radio show, Father Tony introduces what a priest council is, and how the NFPC supports all councils, historically and today.

Historically, the NFPC has made major inroads for priests, including regular salaries, benefits, due process, and priests’ personnel boards to name a few.  Today NFPC’s focus is on communication: breaking free of the “silos” of parishes and dioceses, reaching out to one another to address new issues facing priests, such as retirement issues, priests’ shortages, and welcoming international priests.

A capstone of this focus on reaching out and discussing issues is our National Convocation of Priests, held this year in Anaheim CA.  Fr. Tony feels it is like a ‘family reunion’ of brothers in Christ, truly a highlight of our work (details on our website).

Fr. Tony included a shout out to NFPC Board Member, Fr. Bryan Ernest from Grand Island, NE.

When asked how the laity can help their priests, Fr. Tony said first of all make them a meal; even if the priest enjoys cooking, they often don’t have time.  When it comes to the convocation, let your priests know they can leave for a few days and things will be fine; give them permission to get away.  He suggests it might also be helpful to take up a collection to help him with costs associated with attending the convocation.

Fr. Tony’s past with the U.S. Navy on a ballistic missile submarine has taught him organization skills and attention to detail, and also that no matter what happens in the parish, it will all work out because: “We’re not launching missiles!” Nobody is going to die; just take a breath.


morning-air-thumb-270Father Tony and John Harper speak in this Morning Air interview about priestly ministry and NFPC’s National Convocation of Priests.

Father Tony shares that although priests aren’t trained in administration, a good part of their work is just that, and it is time consuming and often very draining.  Priests need periods of relaxation.

The NFPC National Convocation for all priests is designed for prayer, learning, conversation with brother priests from across the U.S., and relaxation.  With the theme, Forging the Future with Pope Francis, speakers will discuss Priestly Ministry, Immigration, and connecting with Millennials, with the emphasis from Pope Francis on getting out from behind your desk and going to be with the people, ‘among the sheep.’

John asks Father Tony for his input on how to support your parish priest’s vocation, and Father Tony says one way is to encourage him to take his day off each week, and to also take time away from the parish for vacation or to spend with brother priests; give him permission to go.  Reassure him you can handle whatever comes up until he comes back.

In assisting multi-parish pastors, Father Tony encourages parishioners to understand they are all part of the bigger community, using the example of each parish being like individual children with gifts and talents, but all part of one family.

Inspired by the Spirit, John asks if it might be a good idea for parishioners to actually do a small fund raiser to provide their priests with the funds to attend the National Convocation of Priests.  Father Tony says, Absolutely!

Fr. Tony Cutcher talks with Gus Lloyd on the Catholic Channel’s Seize the Day, October 5, 2016

catholic-channel-soundcloud-logoFather Tony talks to listeners about his journey to the vocation of priesthood, which led to his serving as the current President of the NFPC.  He describes NFPC’s history and what they do today in service to all priests and bishops.

Father Tony goes on to stress the importance of the relationship between bishops and priests, as well as the importance of putting the right priest with the right parish, both areas in which NFPC offers programs.

He describes how NFPC addresses the vocation issue by supporting retention of current priests.  NFPC also assists with communication channels, and offers an opportunity for priests to relax and rejuvenate with brother priests through the yearly Convocation for all Priests, this year April 24-27, 2017 in Anaheim, CA.

Gus Lloyd closes by repeating Fr. Tony’s suggestion to let your parish priest know how much you appreciate him!

Immaculate Heart Radio interviewed Fr. Tim Martinez, NFPC Board Member, and President Fr. Tony Cutcher on The Archbishop’s Hour

Immac_RadImmaculate Heart Radio interviewed Fr. Tim Martinez, NFPC Board Member, and President Fr. Tony Cutcher on The Archbishop’s Hour with Mary Woods from their New Mexico Feed.   The interview gives a wonderful overview of the practical workings of the NFPC, as well as a great summary of what to expect at the 2016 National Annual Convocation of Priests in Indianapolis, April 18-21.

Fr. Tim explains that NFPC was initially established to exchange information between Priests’ Councils.  It has developed in many ways since that time but today its major function is still in promoting communication between dioceses and between priests.

Fr. Tony hopes that the Convocation will allow all the priests attending some much needed time for relaxation, so they can “go home renewed and reinvigorated for ministry having been with their brother priests….with some new ideas and a better understanding of what the Pope is asking of us and how we can do what he’s asking.”

Fr. Tony’s interview begins at 17:06 with introduction and his vocation; 22:55 NFPC; 27:29 Convocation specifics.

Father Tony interviewed on Relevant Radio on March 8th about the upcoming 2016 48th Annual Convocation for Priests

morninng-air-thumb-270NFPC President Father Tony Cutcher was interviewed on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air® with John Harper on March 8th, 2016. He speaks about our 48th Annual Priests’ Convocation, April 18-21 in Indianapolis: “..we gather priests from all over the country, and they don’t have to be part of a priest council to come….for a time to relax, hear some good speakers, trade ideas, war stories, just simply to be with brother priests, and that is just so vitally important right now as we become more and more stretched and isolated.” He also mentions what the laity can do to help. Listen below.

Father Tony summarizes Convocation highlights in April 24th interview on Relevant Radio

In a follow-up interview with host John Harper on the Morning Air radio program, NFPC President Father Tony Cutcher shares highlights from NFPC’s 47th Annual National Priests’ Convocation held in Louisville, KY, April 20-23, 2015. Fr. Tony focuses on key topics from all speakers, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Fr. Lou Cameli, Joe Ollier, and Father Ralph O’Donnell. Listen below.


Father Tony’s April 16th Relevant Radio Interview

NFPC President Father Tony Cutcher was interviewed again on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air® with John Harper on April 16th. He summarizes how NFPC serves all priests, and then speaks about our 47th Annual Priests’ Convocation, April 20-23 in Louisville, KY and why it is so important that priests come together in fellowship: “Welcome to the family reunion!” Listen below.

Father Tony Cutcher interviewed on Vocation Boom! Radio

NFPC President Father Tony Cutcher was interviewed by host Jerry Usher on EWTN’s Vocation Boom! Radio on April 11th. Father Tony talked about his personal call to the priesthood, and then spends time clearly explaining NFPC and the communication focus that is key to all NFPC does. Listen below.

Father Tony Cutcher interviewed on Relevant Radio

NFPC President Father Tony Cutcher was interviewed on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air® with John Harper on March 5th, speaking on NFPC, which he states is “the best kept secret of the Catholic Church in the United States.” Listen below.