Issue #162 - January 6, 2014
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(Items marked with a * are new or updated items)
1. Executive Director’s Reflection*
2. Please join me in welcoming Annie Kulhanek to the NACC staff!*
3. Watch for the January-February Vision this week!*
4. Please consider writing articles for the March-April Vision.*
5. Order NACC World Day of the Sick Prayer Cards today!*
6. Notice: Increase in initial certification application fee beginning with the September 15, 2014, application deadline*
7. Reminder: February 2014 Initial Certification Application Deadline is approaching!*
8. 2014 Conference Registration Brochures are being mailed this week!*
9. 2014 Conference speaker, Dr. Daniel Sulmasy receives the Paul Ramsey Award*
CHAPLAINCY NEWS, EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTS
10. In case you did not see the Member feedback from survey on ministry settings other than acute care…*
Executive Director’s Reflection*
11. NACC seeks to identify and create learning groups among members working in settings other than acute care.
12. 2014 local gatherings in Florida and Arizona!*
13. NACC member, Charles Sidoti, interviewed for Open to Hope Foundation*
14. Healing Tree: a request for prayers*
15. Recent job postings*
16. Positions wanted*
Happy and blessed 2014 to you!
It was good to hear the opening words from the reading of the prophet Isaiah (60:1-6) yesterday, “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory.” Then the later verse of that reading: “Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart shall throb and overflow.”
Why was it good? Well, as we enter 2014, I find myself well aware of the darkness and thick clouds that seem present to us. Whether they are in the lives of the people we serve or among our own family and friends or in the form of the uncertainties about the future as we face the changing nature of our work settings, the ongoing fiscal and service delivery challenges in health care, or the hardships that come with less or no employment, we experience them. Yet our faith calls us to “rise in splendor” because our “light has come” and over us “appears his glory.” Somehow we live with the promise that we will be “radiant at what we see” and our “heart shall throb and overflow.”
As you, as I, review priority lists for 2014 and launch into this year with trust and the renewal of faith that comes from the Christmas feast we just celebrated, may we be renewed and strengthened daily by the invitation to live with a riveted, reverential regard for the Mystery unfolding in our midst, especially in the most challenging of moments. The people around us, I believe, need to experience in us the magi ministry of tracking and treating with homage the Holy in our midst, especially when everyone around us might only see darkness or clouds.
May your hearts “throb and overflow” as you live out 2014.
NACC Now and its success
As we look to 2014, I am deeply grateful to the many members who alert us of news, events, resources, and other items that we can notify our members of through NACC Now. As you learn of resources, articles, books, educational events, and news items about yourself or other members, please let us know or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our member feedback to NACC Now is quite positive, and you are the ones to make it a success for one another. Thank you!
David Lichter, D.Min.
Please join me in welcoming Annie Kulhanek to the NACC staff!*
Please join us in welcoming Annie Kulhanek who tomorrow, January 7th, will be joining our NACC staff as the Administrative Specialist/Education Programs to work closely with both the NACC Executive Director, David Lichter, and Jeanine Annunziato, the Administrative Specialist/Conference and Renewal of Certification, to project manage or support the implementation of programs, initiatives, activities, and events related to the professional education programs of members. A graduate of St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, Annie brings both a nonprofit background and experience in planning and executing events. Annie’s email will be email@example.com.
Watch for the January-February Vision this week!*
In the next couple of days you will be receiving a special notice that the January-February 2014 issue of Vision will be available on the NACC website. We are grateful to the many authors who contributed to this issue dedicated to palliative care. As mentioned in the prior NACC Now, this issue is the final issue edited by Laurie Hansen Cardona. Mr. David Lewellen, who had been the Vision editor prior to Laurie Hansen Cardona, will be resuming the editor responsibilities of Vision. David currently is a copy editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and a full-time husband and dad of two (Ben and Sophie). Over these past six years David has kept up with NACC through regular reading of both NACC Now, which he helped launch, and Vision. Please join us in welcoming David back. You can contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider writing articles for the March-April Vision.*
The March-April 2014 issue of Vision will be dedicated to the disaster spiritual care ministry. Many of our chaplains have been trained for the Spiritual Care Response Team with the American Red Cross, and served within the disaster spiritual care ministry. We hope several of you will share this ministry with us. Please contact David Lewellen (email@example.com) about writing for this issue. The submission deadline is four weeks from today, Monday, February 3, 2014.
Order NACC World Day of the Sick Prayer Cards today!*
The NACC 2014 World Day of Sick Prayer Cards for the Sick and the Caregivers are here and are available to order. We always have a limited supply and they go quickly so please order soon! Visit the NACC website to preview and order cards. Purchase orders must be accompanied by a WDS Prayer Card order form. For questions, please contact Cindy Bridges (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Notice: Increase in initial certification application fee beginning with the September 15, 2014, application deadline*
At its November 15, 2013, meeting, the NACC Certification Commission voted to raise the initial certification application fee to $475 for all future deadlines beginning with the September 15, 2014 deadline. The last initial certification application deadline with a $400 application fee will be the February 15, 2014 application deadline. The raise in the application fee is intended to offset natural increases in the expenses related to the essential certification functions carried out by the NACC National Office. This conclusion was reached after a study of reports related to expenses and income in the certification area, including interview weekends. We remain supportive of the efforts of all of our applicants for certification and thank you for your continued dedication to your certification process.
Reminder: February 2014 Initial Certification Application Deadline is approaching!*
The NACC National Office is now accepting applications and supportive documents for the upcoming February 15, 2014, deadline. All documents must be postmarked January 1-February 15 for consideration for an October 2014 certification interview. For questions or concerns, please contact Lindsey Tews at Lindsey.Tews@nacc.org or at 414-483-4898, extension 304. Thank you!
2014 Conference Registration Brochures are being mailed this week!*
We hope you have all marked May 17-20, 2014 on your calendar for our 2014 National Conference in St. Louis, MO! The Conference Registration brochures are being mailed this week! Watch for them, and join us in St. Louis!
2014 Conference speaker, Dr. Daniel Sulmasy receives the Paul Ramsey Award*
One of our 2014 Conference plenary speakers, Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and Divinity School at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, has been honored with the Paul Ramsey Award. This award is bestowed on someone who has made “an outstanding contribution to the bioethics discussion” and is “actively engaged in society; facing the challenges of the 21st century, profoundly defending the dignity of humankind, and enthusiastically embracing ethical biotechnology for the human good. The Ramsey Award is given to those who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in the field of bioethics.” For more information about the award and comments about Dr. Sulmasy go to:
CHAPLAINCY NEWS, EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTS
In case you did not see the Member feedback from survey on ministry settings other than acute care…*
We alerted you in the prior NACC Now to these survey results, but we alert you again to them so you can access them. Thanks to the 697 members who provided feedback on their work in settings other than acute care. Here is a link to an executive summary of that research: www.nacc.org/docs/resources/NACC Outpatient Survey.doc. Also, here is a link to the full research outcomes: www.nacc.org/docs/resources/2013 Outpatient Survey Summary with Comments.pdf. The NACC Strategic Plan Goal I Task Force is reviewing these results, but welcomes your observations about the research. Please go to catholicchaplains.wufoo.com/forms/nacc-comments-on-2013-outpatient-survey/ to offer your observations.
NACC seeks to identify and create learning groups among members working in settings other than acute care.
Given the results of the survey on settings other than acute care, the NACC Goal I Task Force seeks to identify and create learning networks among our members working in these types of non-acute settings. The survey revealed many working in these settings. Are you one of them? Would you let us know? We want to create networking groups among our members. Letting us know about your ministry, and what skills translated well to the other settings, and what new skills you needed to learn, will hopefully help you and all our members professionally. You can let us know by sending email to Cindy Bridges (email@example.com).
2014 local gatherings in Florida and Arizona!*
Mark your calendars!
NACC member, Charles Sidoti, interviewed for Open to Hope Foundation*
NACC member Charles Sidoti, BCC, participated in an interview with the "Open to Hope Foundation," a wonderful organization dedicated to helping people find hope after loss. The interview was posted on December 4th to the Open to Hope website:
Healing Tree: a request for prayers*
Please let us know if you would like our membership to pray for your health and healing. Also please let us know when you want us to remove your name from our Healing Tree.
We continue to pray for: Mary Beth Moran, Jeff Michel (brother-in-law of David Lichter),
Thomas from Chicago (12 years old), Thomas Smiley (brother of member Diane Smiley),
Marga Halala, Donn Renfro (son-in-law of Karen Pugliese),
Amy in Atlanta (friend of NACC member Theresa Sullivan),
Thomas (grandson of NACC member Ginny Grimes Allen), Beth from Boston (friend of NACC member Dana Sandlin),
Sr. Janet Bielmann, Kelly Folan (daughter of NACC member Marty Folan),
Mary Potts (twin sister of Deacon Francis Potts), Elizabeth A. Walsh,
Francesco Marshall, Glenn and Pat Teske,
Susan Murphy, Fr. Jim Radde, SJ, Sr. Mary Clare Boland, SP,
Sr. Phyllis Ann DiRenzo, Kathy Brier (daughter of NACC member Theresa Brier),
Gloria Troxler, Fr. Kevin Ikpah, Lourdes B. Ruta (wife of Peter Ruta), and
Kelly Elizabeth Sexton (daughter of NACC member Melyssa Sexton).
Recent job postings*
The following positions have been posted recently on our Positions Available page. Please go to www.nacc.org/positions/available.aspx for more information.
DIRECTOR OF PASTORAL CARE
White Lake, MI - Sanctuary at White Lake
Lemont, IL - Franciscan Village Retirement Community
DIRECTOR of CHAPLAINCY
Mitchell, SD - Avera Queen of Peace Hospital
Everett, WA - Providence Regional Medical Center
VICE PRESIDENT, MISSION INTEGRATION
Lubbock, TX - Covenant Health
Hastings, MN - Regina Senior Living, Benedictine Health and Allina Health Regina Hospital
Duluth, MN - Essentia Health
DIRECTOR, SPIRITUAL SERVICES
Milwaukee, WI - Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
In this time of change and uncertainty it is more important than ever to use every resource available. If you have lost your job recently, if you’re just seeking a new or better position, or if you are an employer seeking a chaplain for your organization, be sure to visit our Positions Wanted webpage. NACC members can take advantage of this free service by placing a job-seeking ad, for free, which will run for 60 days. To see the ads, visit www.nacc.org/positions/wanted.asp.
Here are some recent ads from our members:
Chaplain- Part-time, Southern California (San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, LA Basin)
I’m a chaplain in the process of NACC certification. I worked as a chaplain resident for the past year at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, and as a chaplain intern the previous year for Vitas Hospice. I just graduated with my Masters in Pastoral Studies and finished my fourth CPE unit. I am experienced with diverse ethnic and faith communities and spent four years previous to chaplaincy ministering to hospital patients with my registered pet therapy dog. If you need a devoted and empathetic Catholic chaplain please call or email:
– Posted January 3, 2014
CHAPLAIN - Part-Time, Louisville or Southern Indiana Area
I am a Board Certified Chaplain through NACC, with a diverse background in Chaplaincy experience. I am seeking a part-time Chaplaincy position, preferably during weekdays for a Hospital, Residential Facility, or Catholic Parish. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Posted December 18, 2013
CHAPLAIN, Full Time
Hello! I am a Board Certified Chaplain through NACC with 12 years experience in Chaplaincy. I am seeking a new Full-Time position, preferably for a Hospital or Residential Facility in the coastal areas of MA, RI, MD, VA, or NC. Please contact MaryAnn at email@example.com or 401-793-0755.
– Posted November 22, 2013
To place your own ad, send an email to Phil Paradowski: firstname.lastname@example.org.