Council Notes from New Orleans (October 2017)

Archbishop Aymond thanked the members of the planning committee of the September priests convention for their fine work. Minutes note the convention was positively received by many.

– The result of the election of officers is as follows:

Father Nghiem Nguyen – Chairman

Father Jimmy Jeanfreau – Vice-Chairman

Father Daniel Green – Secretary

– The Confirmation Preparation Policy is undergoing final consultation before it returns to the committee that will take input from the consultations and draft a new policy. It will be reviewed by priests, deacons, directors of religious education, school personnel, and youth ministry directors for final approval.

– Members approved the recommendation that the Office of Family Life Apostolate be changed to Office of Marriage and Family Life.

– The Pastoral Practices Committee report included a suggestion by Archbishop that an electronic manual be published so parishes that want to celebrate certain observances would be readily able to do so.

– The Continuing Formation Committee reviewed the positive feedback from the priests’ convention. Materials will be kept on file for the next convention in four years.

Finally, during Archbishop’s remarks, a member asked if the US bishops’ conference was planning any initiatives concerning the issue of gun violence.