Council Notes from Louisville (March 2017)

Council Notes from Louisville (March 2017)

The first item on the Louisville Council’s March meeting was a report from the Diaconate director on the current formation program. There are 23 married men in the program, which focuses on the four pillars; i.e. human, intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral. St. Meinrad’s handles the intellectual part of formation. Two years of supervised ministry are now a part of the program. One year in hospital ministry and another of ministry is chosen from various options. Pastors are encouraged to identify possible candidates from within their parishes.

  • A discussion took place in reference to Laudato Si’. Members shared ways they have preached about integral ecology and “best practices” used in their parishes.
  • Archbishop Kurtz shared that he is reading and recommends  “The Harp of Prophecy: Early Christian Interpretation of the Psalms,” by Fr. Brian E. Daley, SJ. (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015).
  • Archbishop commented on the success of the annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) and commented on the increase of participants.
  • Archbishop also spoke to the issues of refugees and the undocumented and offered he uses the principle of constructive dialogue to guide him. He noted that government officials cannot enter church or parish property without a search warrant unless they believe a crime is happening at that time.
  • The chancellor reported that the new Personnel Policy & Procedures Manual will take effect July 1. A new feature includes a Christian Witness Statement. Maternity/Paternity has been extended to two weeks.
  • Minutes note a few parishes are piloting the Discernment Process. The process will then be open for all parishes.
  • The vicar for clergy reported that the process of planning for Associate Pastors in still going on. Feedback about priests’ compensation is being received from several regions and individuals.
  • Region 3 March minutes reported an extensive conversation on priests’ compensation focusing mainly on health care, especially in retirement. “Health is not a luxury item.”
  • Finally, Region 6 March meeting minutes noted a report from the diaconate director reporting on the number of deacons. A question was asked: “Can we have a training program to help some [deacons] become administrators of parishes?”