Council Notes from Owensboro (August 2017)

Bishop Medley reported on the Convocation of Catholic Leaders held in Orlando, July 1-4. A list of links to the keynote addresses was posted.

  • There was a local Encuentro on Aug. 19 at the Cathedral.
  • Bishop reported on the success of the Disciples Response Fund workshops.
  • Permanent diaconate ordinations took place on Sept. 16.
  • The 4th annual VOCARE event to raise funds to support seminarians and religious like was held Sept. 22
  • Listening sessions with youth and young adults are being conducted throughout the diocese in preparation for the Synod of Bishops, which will be held in Fall 2018.
  • 225 women were registered to women’s August retreat.
  • Pastors were asked to encourage youth to consider attending the November biennial gathering of the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis Nov. 16-18.
  • Bishop reported on diocesan staff changes over the summer.
  • The chancellor gave a report on the Annual Appeal (attached to minutes).
  • The new Chief Financial Officer was introduced to members. A review of the parish assessment policy took place. The CFO will take the proposed wording and rework it in light of consensus of Council Members. He will bring back the updated policy for members’ review at a future Council meeting.
  • An extensive discussion took place about refurbishing/updating the Bishop Cotton Apartments priests retirement residence. A questionnaire will be developed and circulated at the deanery level to elicit input from the priests.
  • The Called by Name program was discussed. A suggestion was made to keep the program year-round. Pastors were asked to speak about the program at Mass twice a year. Suggestion: World Day of Prayer for Vocations and National Vocations Awareness Week.
  • NFPC president Fr. Tony Cutcher conducted a Priests and Bishops in Council Workshop on Sept. 18.
  • A question was raised about the purpose of the September Mass counts. The topic will be placed on the agenda of a future meeting.
  • Finally, a member asked if any priest would be interested in learning to say Mass in Spanish. Request topic be discussed at the deanery meetings.