NFPC This Week, #750: March 4-March 10, 2018

Of Note This Week:

Over the past few weeks, the sense of urgency for US lawmakers to act on new gun legislation has gained momentum. Chicago’s Archbishop, Cardinal Blase Cupich, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have added their voices to the call for Congressional action to curb the gun violence epidemic.


Celibacy Revisited – Fr. Ron Rolheiser’s Reflections

Catholic Second Wind Guild – Great Opportunities for Retired Priests


Vatican confirms canonization of Paul VI set for Late October

March 8 – International Women’s Day Celebration

Pope Francis clears way for Archbishop Romeo’s Canonization

Vatican Announces a New Marian Feast Day


Francis hailed for catapulting concerns of working people and labor

Catholic institutions must heed Pope Francis’ call to respect the worker


Book Review “Revolutionary Saint – The Theological Legacy of Oscar Romero” (Orbis Press)


Avoiding Priest Burnout – What the Laity Can Do


Fr. James Martin – Encountering Jesus: Meeting the Christ of Faith and the Jesus of History

Fr. James Martin Lenten Reflection – Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus


Pope Francis clears way for Archbishop Romeo’s Canonization

Pope Francis issued a decree on March 6, 2018 recognizing a second miracle attributed to the intercession of slain Salvadoran Archbishop, Blessed Oscar Arnolfo Romero Galdamez.  Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, made the announcement on behalf of the Vatican on Wednesday, March 7.

Approval of the second miracle clears the way for the canonization of the martyred Bishop. No official date has been announced but there is speculation that the Pope will set a joint canonization for both Blessed Romero and Blessed Pope Paul VI later this year at the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops.

Blessed Romero, an outspoken critic of government killings and kidnappings in El Salvador, and a champion of human rights, was celebrating Mass on the evening of March 24, 1980 when a gunman emerged from a vehicle and shot him, his body slumping over the altar.

Romero’s cause for canonization was opened in 1993 and reached the Vatican in 1997 where it lingered for nearly two decades. Neither Pope John Paul II nor Benedict XVI took any action to move Romero’s cause ahead. In February 2015, two years after his election, Pope Francis advanced Romero’s cause issuing a formal decree that Romero was assassinated as a martyr for the Catholic faith. Three months later, the Pontiff authorized Romero’s beatification, the last step before sainthood.  In a portion of Pope Francis’s letter, which was read at the beatification ceremony, he characterized Romero as one who “knew how to lead, defend and protect his flock.”

For complete details in the National Catholic Register – please click here

A review of “Revolutionary Saint – The Theological Legacy of Oscar Romero” is also included in This Week

NFPC This Week, #749: February 25-March 3, 2018

Of Note This Week

Labor News

Fr. Clete Kiley’s remarks for the Chicago Labor Solidarity Day, February 24, 2018

Fr. Michael Seavey at Supreme Court on Feb. 26, 2018 during rally for Labor

Blog: Catholic tradition and pastoral practice sides with labor and organizing workers

National and International News

Confession: Parish-Person-Priests/Pope Francis “Confessional is a place of forgiveness, not threats.”

Bill spurred by Nassar case concerns Catholic Church

Mr. Graham Goes to Washington: First Pastor Honored in US Capitol

Bishop Pepe of Las Vegas retires; Bishop Thomas to succeed him

United States Supreme Court Denies Federal Government’s Petition to end DACA

Capitol Police Arrest Scores of Catholic Leaders During National Day of Action for Dreamers


Webinar:  Adult Formation With Older Adults

“A Theology of Wealth and Security”

Commemorating Chiara Lubich: A life of Dialogue


NFPC This Week, #748: February 18-February 24, 2018

Of Note This Week -.



NFPC This Week, #747: February 11-February 17, 2018


In honor of President’s Day, February 19, 2018, the National Federation of Priests’ Councils will be closed.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.


Father Tony talks ‘Priest Burnout’ with Gary Zimak on Spirit in the Morning, February 12, 2018

National and International News

Ash Wednesday – February 14, 2018

2018 Chinese New Year

Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign Revived After 50 Years

Open letter calls on Vatican to rethink China deal, calling it a “regrettable mistake”

Flu Season Prompts Dioceses to Take Measures at Mass

FEMA Shift Opens Door to Disaster Funds for Religious Groups

Priests in the News

Bishop of Saginaw Asks for Prayers Following Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich and Amoris Laetitia Developments


Professional Development Webinars for Parish Ministers

February 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST



NFPC This Week, #746: February 4-February 10, 2018

Here is your NFPC This Week for February 4-February 10, 2018:

Clergy News:

Fr. Joel Konzen New Auxiliary Bishop in Atlanta

The ‘Dreamer’ Who Grew Up to be a Priest

National and Global Highlights:

Pope Francis’ 2018 Message for Lent

Transition of Catholic Leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Chaput on “Charity, Clarity and their Opposite.”

Pilgrim pope: Benedict Says He’s Journeying Toward God

Pope Paul VI Will Soon be St Paul VI

Olympic Committee Invites Delegation from Holy See to the Winter Games

February 8 – International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Trafficking




NFPC This Week, #745: January 28-February 3, 2018

Here is your NFPC This Week for January 28 to February 3, 2018:


Self-Awareness – A Leadership Skill All Pastors Should Practice

Clergy News:

Hispanic Bishops’ Visit to Holy Land

National and Global Highlights:

Pope’s Morning Homily: Shepherds Do Not Put Up Signs With Hours

Pope Will Send Delegate to Investigate Bishop Barros Charges in Chile

Archbishop Chaput & Cardinal O’Malley Make a ‘Friendly Wager’ on Super Bowl

Why Are Young Catholics Leaving the Church?

Let Laity Lead Parishes

Inspiration and Guidance from Thomas Merton Trappist Monk Models 4 Ways Priests Can Grow in Holiness

Carter G. Woodson, ‘The Father of Black History Month” and Contributions of Black Catholic


NFPC This Week, #744: January 21-27, 2018

Here is your NFPC This Week for January 21 to January 27, 2018:


Dan Snow will no longer be compiling This Week. Responsibility for the e-letter will pass on to the NFPC’s newest employee, Vill Harmon ([email protected]).

Vill joined the NFPC following a seven-year tenure with the Archdiocese of Chicago in the Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Department.  A native Chicagoan, Vill is also very active at Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she recently completed ten years of service as a Catechist, and most recently, became a member of the parish’s newly-formed Interfaith Committee. Vill is also very involved with the Chicago area Focolare Movement.


“Proud to be Catholic: a groundbreaking America survey asks women about their lives in the Church” – A reflection by Fr. Jim Hewes

Clergy News

‘If they come for you, they come for me’: A ‘dreamer’ priest faces deportation — and a divided congregation

Dairy farm to the episcopate: Stockton gets a new bishop

Archbishop-Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB, 79, has died at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

7 Steps to Support the Newly Ordained

Chicago priest pledges hunger strike to support ‘Dreamers’

National and Global Highlights

Catholic bishops side with labor unions in Supreme Court case

10 Roman Catholic priests arrested in protests in Congo

Pope tells 1.3 million in Peru to get involved, spurn ‘Jonah syndrome’

Creating a ‘Safe Haven’ From the Pornography Pandemic

Pope Francis Unusually Isolated in Chilean Priest Sex Abuse Scandal


Seventeenth Annual Acculturation Seminar for International Priests

Association of Chicago Priests’ 51st Annual Mardi Gras & Ministry Awards

NFPC This Week, #743 – 1/14/2018-1/20/2018

Here is your NFPC This Week for January 14 to January 20, 2018:

Priests in the News

Bishop Knestout Installed as Thirteenth Bishop of Richmond

Missile alert prompts Bishop of Honolulu to give general absolution to deacon group

Father Martin Linebach named vicar general of Louisville

News Highlights

Proud to be Catholic? A groundbreaking America survey asks women about their lives in the church

With new U.S. administration, USCCB enters policy debates more often in 2017

Francis tells Chile’s clergy to seek pardon for abuse and betrayed trust

Book Review

“On Hope” by Pope Francis (Loyola Press)

NFPC This Week, #742 – 1/7/2018-1/13/2018

Here is your NFPC This Week for January 7 to January 13, 2018:


Principles of clustering for a new Mass schedule by Father Jim Hewes 

USCCB Homily Help/Liturgical Aid 


Council Notes from New Orleans (December 2017)


Cardinal Cupich welcomes gifts of ‘new Magi’ at migration Mass

Aging in community: how elderly priests are cared for by their religious communities

US bishops: End of protected status for Salvadorans is ‘heartbreaking’

Why some priests leave


Pope Francis’s trip to Chile and Peru

Alliance for Catholic Education organizes run fundraiser for Georgia school

FOCUS Student Leadership Summit – Equipping young people with tools to evangelize

Pope Francis addresses North Korea, says world peace depends on right to life and disarmament

Participating in the March for Life? There’s an indulgence for that


How HR Gets a Seat at the Table – Webinar – February 6

From Toxic to Tolerable: Navigating a Difficult Workplace – Webinar – January 25

Adult Faith Formation Practices for Mature Adults – Webinar – January 23