Council Notes from Owensboro (October 2017)

On October 7, Bishop Medley celebrated the Rite of Admission to Candidacy with seven Hispanic men on track to be ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2020.

On October 14, he celebrated the Rite of Admission to Candidacy with twelve Anglo deacon candidates on track to be ordained in 2020.

– Bishop had lunch with members of the FOCUS ministry serving Western Kentucky University. As they settle in, he hopes they involver themselves in diocesan activities.

– A Jubilee Celebration for religious took place on Oct. 21.

–  He attended the National catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis.

–  The Director of the Office of Evangelization gave an extensive presentation on the diocesan four-year plan for new evangelization (Outline attached to minutes). The overarching theme is “Living as Missionary Disciples.” Members affirmed the plan and encouraged participation.

–  Bishop reported there are eight seminarians in various phases of formation. He emphasized that every priest is a vocation director and shares in the responsibility to promote vocations.

-Some observations from NFPC president Fr. Tony Cutcher’s September presentation on Priests and Bishops in Council to members of the Owensboro Council:

– limit discussion times; be flexible when a topic deserves additional time

– affirm sense of brotherhood among council members

– list expected outcome of agenda items, i.e. “informative,” “instructive,” “approved by priests’ council.”

– find a way to make council membership representative of presbyterate. Ensure International Priests’ representation.

– membership read together “Death by Meeting,” by Pat Lencione

– members to have pertinent information reviewed prior to meeting

– new council members to receive a brief orientation

– examine frequency of meetings.

– A concern was raised about the practices of some permanent deacon candidates. Bishop addressed particular incidents.

– Finally, the last touches are being made on the diocesan Policy Manual. It will be available online soon.