Council Notes from Monterey (November 2016)

The first topic of discussion at the November meeting of the Monterey Council centered on campus ministry at University of California Santa Cruz and California State University Monterey Bay. Focus is on a long-term approach to campus ministry in light of decline in the number of priests in the future. Suggestion made to dedicate long term priestly ministers who are specially trained for the position. Consensus was a full service ministerial approach is preferable.

– The finance officer gave an update on the diocesan-wide Solar Energy Initiative. The diocese is collaborating with the Romero Institute, a Santa Cruz-based interfaith law and public policy center on this effort.

– The proposed Presbyteral summit is still under consideration. Securing the services of a priest of the Diocese of Orange to focus on the topic of an Intentional Presbyterate was mentioned.

– Minutes note a discussion about seminarian formation in light of the withdrawal of the Sulpicians from St. Patrick Seminary & University in Menlo Park. A consideration was put forth to use Assumption Seminary in San Antonio.

– The Vatican document updating guidelines on cremation (Ad resurgendum cum Christo – “To Rise with Christ”) was distributed. Outreach services to parishes are available through the Parish Relationship Manager.

– Minutes note a Catholic Army Chaplain reported that his salary was reduced. The matter may be raised with the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

– Bishop Garcia will send a letter to Pastors requesting three new members for the Pastoral Council Board. The Board has approximately 18 lay members.

– Consideration was discussed of having the Faith Formation Department host conferences in the North and South areas of the diocese.

– Two candidates have been chosen as finalists for the Director of Diaconate and Lay Ministry Leadership.

– Finally, Bishop passed around a copy of a book he received as a gift titled, “What if Your Pastor is a Dud?” by Brian T. Joyce (Aventine Press, Sept. 2016). Minutes note he thought some would find it interesting.