Council Notes from Louisville (January 2017) 

The chancellor circulated information on ways in which parishes could invest their savings in various saving products. He went on to say the Investment Subcommittee of the Archdiocesan Finance Council would be responsible for reviewing the designs of the alternatives offered screening them to ensure that are consistent with the Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines of the USCCB.

  • The chancellor updated members on finance issues during the first six months of the current fiscal year. Based on this, he presented three recommendations for the 2017-2018 fiscal year:
    • A reduction of 0.25% in the General Assessment,
    • A new goal for the Catholic Services Appeal,
    • A salary increase in the 2.0% to 2.5% range.
  • It was pointed out that perhaps a better way of talking about “obligations” of Catholics to their church is to frame it in terms of positive witness of active, responsible parishioners. Regions were encouraged to discuss the topic in greater depth.
  • Archbishop Kurtz talked about his upcoming trip to Vietnam, his recent pastoral letter that will lead tom discernment process in parishes, and the upcoming Synod on young people.
  • The chancellor discussed upcoming changes in location of some archdiocesan offices.
  • A new director of Youth Ministry will begin on April 1.
  • He gave an update on the V Encuentro process and added that over 50% of Catholics under the age 18 are Latino.
  • The vicar for priests introduced the assistant vicar, Father Matthew Hardesty.
  • Planning continues for the June 5-8 Presbyteral Assembly.
  • Consultation with parishes, which will be open-listed, is ongoing.
  • The vicar for priests expressed gratitude to a priest who took over as administrator of a parish and went on to thank all retired priests who continue to assist with many needs in the archdiocese.
  • The Transitional Diaconate ordination will take place on March 25. Ordination to the Priesthood happens on May 27.
  • The next Provincial Priests’ Council Meeting will be take place in Louisville, Nov. 28-29. Ways to encourage younger priests to attend was discussed. A concern was raised about the decrease in number of priests who attend the provincial meetings.
  • A concern was raised at the February Region 3 meeting in reference to decreasing options for dental and vision insurance upon retirement, just when those benefits are needed the most.
  • Minutes from the January Region 6 meeting included the following topics:
    • Funerals in funeral homes
    • Hispanic ministry
    • Matters before the State Legislature
    • How to motivate more priests to attend the provincial assembly.
  • The January Region 9 meeting took place at Gethsemane Family Retreat Center