NFPC announces 2014 Touchstone and Mandatum Award Recipients

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Reverend Jan Michael Joncas

NFPC is pleased to announce its 2014 Touchstone Award recipient is Reverend Jan Michael Joncas.

Father Joncas was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 1980. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor’s degree in English He went on to earn a Masters degree in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate from the Pontifico Istituto Liturgico of the Ateneo S. Anselmo in Rome.

Upon returning from studies abroad Father Joncas served as a parochial vicar, a campus minister and parochial administrator.  Since 1991 Father Joncas has been a member of the faculty at the University of St. Thomas teaching classes in liturgy and worship. In 2012 he was named a university Artist in Residence and Research Fellow in the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas.

Father Joncas is the author of five books and over two hundred articles and reviews in journals such as Worship, Ecclesia Orans, and Questions Liturgiques.  He has composed and arranged over 300 pieces of liturgical music.

As many priests influenced Fr. Joncas’ formation and ministry, so too priests now are now formed and inspired by his liturgical leadership. His unique combination of liturgical scholarship and pastoral ministry has helped priests and seminarians alike in developing a solid foundation for presiding and preaching.

Fr. Joncas’ appreciation for liturgical movements in the church, especially through the prism of the Second Vatican Council, his love of scripture and rigorous scholarship are enhanced only by placing all the knowledge and practice at the service of the wider church. Through his preaching, teaching, and liturgical leadership his main hope is to place the core scriptural narratives, the positive values of culture and civilization in the direction of the Gospel.

The Touchstone Award is presented to the priest, who in the view of the president and Board of Directors of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils, is one whose service in the Gospel of Jesus Christ exemplifies the purpose and goals of the Federation.

In particular, his leadership enhances the ministry of others and his words and deeds support the life and ministry of priests; thus he, as it were, a touchstone for genuine, quality priesthood.


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Mary Jo Moran

NFPC is pleased to announce its 2014 Mandatum Award recipient is Mary Jo Moran, Executive Director of the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators.

Mary Jo has served as the Executive Director of NACPA since June 2005. She earned a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from The Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California and has achieved the Senior Professional in Human Resources [SPHR] certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute recognizing her as one who has mastered the strategic and policy making aspects of Human Resource management in the United States.  She is recognized as an expert in Human Resource Management in the US Church and works tirelessly to promote NACPA’s mission of promoting justice in the workplace where the Church is the employer.

In addition to her leadership and management responsibilities for NACPA,

Mary Jo directs salary surveys for various Church constituencies––priests, religious congregations, arch/dioceses and Catholic Charities.  She also acts as a consultant to various Church entities in order to provide organizational development support so that they can engage and align their people in order to maximize efficiency and more effectively achieve their mission. In particular, NFPC is grateful to Mary Jo for her yeoman effort in preparing the 2013 edition of The Laborer Is Worthy of His Hire.

Previously, Mary Jo had a coaching and consulting practice where she earned a reputation of providing skilled and practical guidance as a coach, organizational development consultant and a facilitator in both the not-for-profit and for profit sectors. In addition to her clients in the United States, she has worked internationally in Singapore, Budapest, Dublin, South Africa and throughout Mexico and Canada.

The Mandatum Award was established in 2008 by NFPC’s president and Board of Directors to commemorate the 40th anniversary the Federation’s founding. The award is presented to the individual or organization whose service to the Gospel of Jesus Christ exemplifies the purpose and goals of the Federation.

In particular, the leadership of this individual or organization enhances the ministry of presbyteral councils, seeks to expound on the issues and concerns of priests, and champions the mission and goals of NFPC in the public square.