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Issue #111 - December 12, 2011

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1. Executive Director’s Reflection *
2. You can still order your 2012 World Day of the Sick prayer cards. Do so today! *
3. Reminder – Peer Reviewers for Renewal of Certification *
4. Welcome to our new NACC members who joined us in November 2011! *
5. Check out the Vision on Long-term Care
6. Are you a non-member receiving NACC Now?
7. Have you moved recently and not told us?


8. Conference Brochure is being finalized. Look for it in early 2012. *
9. Plan to attend the NACC 2012 National Conference
10. NACC announces 2012 National Conference Weaver
11. 2012 National Conference – Day of Reflection
12. NACC announces 2012 National Conference Plenary Speakers


13. Did you see the recent article on chaplaincy in the Wall Street Journal? *
14. Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook *
15. Spanish-Language Brochure about Palliative Care *
16. New book on spirituality of parenting in the NICU experience *
17. Funding Opportunity: Building Capacity in Chaplaincy Research in Palliative Care *
18. Announcement from Reflective Practice
19. Are you interested in writing about connection of virtues and values?
20. New “No One Buried Alone” program receives attention
21. NACC member has new book published
22. CLC Network offers resources for children during the holidays
23. DIA Learning Ethics Education
24. 2012 NACC audio conferences being finalized! *
25. 2012 NACC local/regional events *
26. The New SCC 2011 Salary Survey is now available!
27. Spiritual Care Champions Webinar Series
28. ACPE Webinar Series
29. APC Webinars
30. HealthCare Chaplaincy Webinars
31. Are you planning to give any presentations on chaplaincy?
32. Order your video promoting the chaplaincy profession
33. Accessing the chaplaincy profession video on YouTube
34. Healing Tree: a request for prayers *
35. Recent job postings *
36. Positions wanted *

Executive Director’s Reflection *

What inspiring readings for yesterday’s liturgical readings! (www.usccb.org/bible/readings/121111.cfm) I am always struck by the interplay of the three readings along with the response to the first reading. For instance, the evocative power of Isaiah 61:1 (“The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God.) helps us view John the Baptist more boldly in the Gospel of John. (“I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘make straight the way of the Lord,’“ as Isaiah the prophet said.”) However, I was even more struck by the interplay of the next line in the Isaiah reading, (“I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul; for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation and wrapped me in a mantle of justice…”), the use of Luke’s Magnificat for the response to the first reading (My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked upon his lowly servant.), and the verse from I Thessalonians (Brothers and sisters: Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.) It’s pretty clear that joy, gladness, rejoicing, and gratitude should never be lost in the midst of our call to serve and our advocacy efforts on behalf of those we serve, because we believe in the promised redemption, the Second Coming, the “already and not yet.” And, yes, this is also traditionally “Gaudete” Sunday!

These readings reminded me of a recent email I received from a member who is in professional straits because his healthcare employer’s controller was using as justification for limiting our chaplain’s role and access of medical records a 2007 article, “Healthcare and the Hospital Chaplain, “ by Roberta Springer Loewy, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor, Bioethics Program, University of California, Davis, and Erich H. Loewy, MD, Professor (Emeritus) and Founding Endowed Alumni Association, Chair of Bioethics, Associate (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1924976/). The article attempts to discredit chaplaincy as a recognized profession.

I was certainly saddened by this article and the narrow use of it in the case of our colleague. While there do not appear to be many articles like this one, the fact that chaplains have to defend our profession against such articles, had me feeling an urgency to respond, and a certain temptation to frustration and despondency. However, I was quickly bolstered by rapid replies from our members (whom I had emailed) that shared how they would reply to the member, and the gratitude and faithfulness of the member himself who initially alerted me to the article and his situation. He was living the tone of this Sunday’s readings.

No sooner did I email him last Monday some collected observations about his situation, than he emailed me last Sunday’s Wall Street Journal article, “Bigger Roles for Chaplains on Patient Medical Teams.” The message came clear to me. Live your call out of joy, gladness, and gratitude, trusting that God is at work in ways you do not know, and, most importantly, in the Advent people, like you our members, who live this Gospel.

A blessed Gaudete Sunday to all of you! And a blessed Christmas to you!

David Lichter, D.Min.
Executive Director


You can still order your 2012 World Day of the Sick prayer cards. Do so today! *

We have extended the deadline for ordering our NACC 2012 World Day of the Sick cards. Please order them by this coming Friday, December 16, 2011. Please do not send your payment with the order as you will be invoiced when the prayer cards are sent. You can go to www.nacc.org/resources/wds/ for the order form or to preview the cards (click on the images to enlarge). For questions, please contact Cindy Bridges (cbridges@nacc.org).

Reminder – Peer Reviewers for Renewal of Certification *

Just a friendly reminder that your Peer Reviewer must be an ACTIVE or RETIRED CERTIFIED Chaplain or CPE Supervisor who is a current member of the NACC with whom you do not share a reporting relationship (either report to or they report to you). Additionally, while we value the service of our Inactive and Emeritus members, according to our certification procedures, an Inactive or Emeritus certified member cannot be a peer reviewer.

Welcome to our new NACC members who joined us in November 2011! *

We extend a warm welcome to the following NACC members who joined us in November:

Full Members

Lawrence Ejiofo
Ann Pennington

Student Members

Charles Halley
Kiskama Lemor
Francis Obu-Mends
Virginus Osuag-wu
Pamela Sipos

Associate Members

Grace Forsyth
Melinda Riley

Check out the Vision on Long-term Care

Be sure to read the November-December Vision, which focuses on Long-term Care. Compare notes with chaplains who have worked in both acute care and long-term care. Read about a proposal to change CPE so that it better equips chaplains to work with residents in long-term care settings. You no longer need your member number to access the Vision; just go to www.nacc.org/vision! Continued thanks to Laurie Hansen-Cardona and the Editorial Advisory Panel for their excellent work!

Are you a non-member receiving NACC Now?

Are you one of the more than 1,000 non-members who has subscribed to NACC Now? We are delighted you find this a valuable tool to advance the ministry of spiritual care and chaplaincy. Have you considered becoming an NACC Member? Join the more than 2500 members who advance the ministry of spiritual care, and support one another’s ministry! Receive additional members’ benefits! Visit the NACC website for more membership information. Join today! www.nacc.org/membership/categories.asp

Have you moved recently and not told us?

When you have moved personal residences or places of employment, or have a new e-mail address or phone number, please don’t forget to contact Mary Pawicz (mpawicz@nacc.org), our membership support staff person at the NACC office, to let her know! Please note that a valid, working email address and a current phone number are very important. For reasons of convenience and cost these are the most likely methods we will use to contact you. We don’t want you to miss our communications to you!



Conference Brochure is being finalized. Look for it in early 2012. *

The NACC 2012 Conference brochure is being finalized and sent to print. Please watch for the brochure in early January 2012

Plan to attend the NACC 2012 National Conference

Please remember and mark your calendar with the dates of our NACC 2012 National Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 19-22, 2012. The theme for the conference will be Reconciling Journey: A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance. Go to www.nacc.org/conference for critical conference questions.

NACC announces 2012 National Conference Weaver

This year, the 2012 National Conference Planning Task Force is pleased to announce an added benefit of a “Conference Weaver” at this year’s conference. Our Conference Weaver is Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, a monk of the Camaldolese Congregation, musician, composer, writer, and teacher. Fr. Cyprian will help us to move through our journey with the plenary speakers, provide times of meditation and contemplation, and draw our theme across the four days we are together here in Milwaukee. Additionally, Fr. Cyprian will be giving a concert during his time with us. For more information about Fr. Cyprian click here. Also, Fr. Cyprian’s website is: www.cyprianconsiglio.com.

2012 National Conference – Day of Reflection

We are pleased to announce the theme and facilitators for the 2012 national conference Day of Reflection (formerly called our “retreat”) which will take place on Friday, May 18, 2012 prior to the conference. This year’s theme is “Saved by Beauty – Living from the Inside Out”. Our facilitators are Anne and Tom Butler from Bon Secours Health System in Maryland. Anne is an Internal Consultant for Chronic Care/ Palliative Care and Tom is the Director of Mission Services. More information on the optional Day of Reflection will be included in the Conference Registration Brochure, which will be mailed in January.

NACC announces 2012 National Conference Plenary Speakers

The 2012 National Conference Planning Task Force is pleased to announce our speakers for the 2012 National Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 19-22, 2012. The task force has worked very hard to bring national speakers to our conversation about our theme: Reconciling Journey: A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance. Dates and times will be forthcoming!

C. Vanessa White, D.Min.
Assistant Professor of Spirituality
Director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program
Catholic Theological Union

Jean deBlois, CSJ, Ph.D.
Professor of Systematic Theology
Director of the Master of Arts in Health Care Mission Program
Aquinas Institute of Theology

Most Rev. Blase J. Cupich, S.T.D.
Bishop of Spokane, Washington

John Dear, SJ, M.Div.
Priest, pastor, peacemaker, organizer, retreat leader, author/editor

Click here for more information, including speaker bios.



Did you see the recent article on chaplaincy in the Wall Street Journal? *

On December 6th, the Wall Street Journal published a good article on chaplaincy in healthcare. Click here to read it.

Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook *

The new book of our professional colleague, Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, MBA, BCJC, Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook, is now published! It is an excellent resource, as the first general comprehensive resource for spiritual and pastoral care that offers the latest theological perspectives and tools, along with basic theory and skills from the best pastoral and spiritual care texts, research and concepts. The contributors to this resource are experts in their fields and include eight current or past presidents of the major chaplaincy organizations, as well as three of our NACC members: Sr. Norma Gutierrez, Linda Piotrowski, and Tim Serban. Click here to order from Amazon.com.

Spanish-Language Brochure about Palliative Care *

The National Institute of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, has developed a Spanish-language brochure, Cuidados Paliativos: El Alivio Que Necesita Cuando Tiene Síntimos de Una Enfermedad Grave or Palliative Care: The Relief You Need When You’re Experiencing the Symptoms of Serious Illness, explaining palliative care to patients and family members. The brochure is copyright-free and can be downloaded and reproduced at no charge. In addition, the institute will provide up to 25 print copies at no charge to organizations requesting the brochure, which is also available in English:
Spanish version (PDF)
English version (PDF)

New book on spirituality of parenting in the NICU experience *

Our NACC member, Carole Weber, let us know that in her hospital in Scottsdale, AZ, her level 3 NICU frequently calls on the Spiritual Care staff to journey with these families in their particular stresses and joys. She recommends a helpful book for anyone involved in the NICU experience, as family, clinician or chaplain. This book, A Crisis of Heart and Hope: A Premature Birth Spiritual Care Guide for Parents, Families and Caregivers, not only follows the journey from the family’s perspective, but also provides a beautifully illustrated section to help young siblings of a newborn understand the story of a NICU baby brother or sister. Author Sharon Beshoar has served as chaplain in many areas. Her expertise in the NICU area is enhanced and illuminated by her personal experience with a NICU grandson. The artwork is simple, yet exquisitely touching. This resource not only gives the readers a window into the whole emotional and clinical experience, but it also suggests accessible resources for readings, poetry, music, prayer and ritual for families to help give voice to this very human and sacred time.
The book is available at amazon.com

Funding Opportunity: Building Capacity in Chaplaincy Research in Palliative Care *

Robert Wolf, J.D., Senior Vice President of Innovation and Development, HealthCare Chaplaincy, informed us that the HealthCare Chaplaincy will release in mid-December a Call for Proposals (CFP) for a pioneering grant-making initiative aimed at growing the field of chaplaincy research in palliative care. This initiative seeks to create sustainable, collaborative, interdisciplinary research networks of experienced researchers and board-certified chaplains and to support approximately 6-10 field-advancing, hypothesis-driven, research projects to better understand chaplains’ contributions to palliative care. The deadline for online submission of applications is March 15, 2012. He will contact us again in mid-December after the CFP has been released to provide us with a link to their applicant web site. A webinar for applicants is planned for Thursday, January 12, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET. This initiative is being made possible by the John Templeton Foundation.

Announcement from Reflective Practice

The Editorial Board of Reflective Practice is pleased to announce that Volumes 27 - 31 of Reflective Practice AND Volumes 22 - 26 of the Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry are now available FREE online at journals.sfu.ca/rpfs. You do not need to register or login! Simple go to journals.sfu.ca/rpfs, click on ARCHIVES and select which journal you want to read.

Are you interested in writing about connection of virtues and values?

Reflective Practice has been a significant contributor to our profession. The editors seek and urge NACC members to contribute an article. Have you been involved in shaping your hospital values and might be willing to write about the connection between Virtues and Values? Please consider this. Contact Herbert Anderson, Editor (handerson@plts.edu) or Rod Seeger, Managing Editor (rodseeger@aol.com).

New “No One Buried Alone” program receives attention

Our NACC member, Fr. Gabriel Ghanoum, shared with us the “no one buried alone” program. This is a beautiful program to give dignity to those who have no one. Here is the link: thefloridacatholic.org/iv/remembering_the_forgotten.

NACC member has new book published

Our NACC member, Sister Jane McConnell, OSF, Director, Mission Integration, St. Mary's Health System, Evansville, IN, has a new book, Daily We Seek Thee, which contains prayers and reflections for various occasions, including staff meetings, and other gatherings. She writes:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Most of you may not have known this, but I have been in the process of writing a book for the past 2 years. This adventure began at the request of several employees whom I work with at St. Mary's Medical Center.

While serving in my role as Chaplain and now as Director of Mission Integration, I have written and continue to write Daily Reflections and Prayers which go out via e-mail each morning, Gathering Prayers for staff meetings, seasonal prayers and various other prayers for staff and others to use. I have been encouraged to consider putting these in a book, so the journey toward doing this began. As of this week, the book has been printed and is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Outskirts Press (the publisher). I want to share this news with you today. I have one of the first copies in my hands right now. This is pretty exciting. It has been a rigorous and challenging learning experience going through the process of completing the book. It has been fun and rewarding to finally accomplish.

In case you might be interested, the title is Daily We Seek You. The ISBN # is 978-1-4327-8165-1. The book has 220 pages. The publisher is Outskirts Press, Denver CO.

The back of the cover gives an introduction:

Renew Your Life   Refresh Your Spirit
This book includes inspirational reflections and prayers for every day of the year. It also includes prayers for significant times along life's journey, and seasonal prayers to share with family and friends. You will feel refreshed and renewed as you use these prayers each day.

When the first shipment arrives, the book will be available to purchase also in St. Mary’s Gift Shop. Any profits, after publishing and printing costs, will go 50% to St. Mary’s Care of the Poor Fund and 50% to Sisters of St. Francis Ministries.

Bishop Gettelfinger, the head of my Congregation, one of our physicians, and a nurse director wrote recommendations for the book to be published. Their statements are in the Forward of the book.

Blessings to each of you as we celebrate this Thanksgiving week!

Sister Jane McConnell, OSF

CLC Network offers resources for children during the holidays

Children who experience and live with disabilities along with their families often struggle with the many changes in routine due to the excitement and celebrations that surround Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. Whether that child has a specific disability, a personality that resists change, or struggles with sensory overload - the attached ideas may help parents, grandparents, teachers, neighbors and friends put together a "Holiday Plan" that transcends all the disruption the Holiday Season brings. Download CLC Network’s 2011 Not Just Surviving the Holidays Guide for some great ideas. www.clcnetwork.org

DIA Learning Ethics Education

DIA Learning is pleased to announce that its five on-line Ethics Education courses are available to help you attain your CEH requirements. Each course is divided into 15 chapters, is worth 15 CEH’s and can be completed on-line at your own pace. You can register for any of the courses at nacc.dialearning.com. SPECIAL PRICING will be in effect until the end of the year. Buy 2 courses at $75 apiece and save $45 each. We also have a course titled “Grieving in the NICU, Supporting Families and the Health Team when a Baby Dies.” This course is worth three CEH’s and is available at www.grievingforbabies.org. There are also two DVD’s available on this website: Mending Broken Hearts When a Baby Dies and Supporting Family and the Health Team When a Baby Dies. Purchasing and viewing either DVD is also worth three CEH’s. The course and DVDs focus on coping with grief issues faced by families and caregivers in the neonatal intensive care unit. Chaplains feature prominently throughout each. For additional information please contact them at info@dialearning.com.

2012 NACC audio conferences being finalized! *

We are preparing the 2012 NACC audio conferences. Look for their announcement in early January 2012. Thank you to all those presented for and participated in the 2011 audio conferences!

2012 NACC local/regional events *

We are in the midst of preparing the 2012 local events. Scheduled so far are the following. Mark your calendars today!

The New SCC 2011 Salary Survey is now available!

We are pleased to announce that the new SCC 2011 Salary Survey is now available. We are grateful to have partnered with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) to conduct this survey. We thank all our members who participated in the survey. This survey report is copyrighted material. Members of APC and NACC have access to this salary survey as a member benefit. Members are asked not to duplicate this survey for others. Non-members can consult the website of the Spiritual Care Collaborative, www.spiritualcarecollaborative.org to purchase a copy for a nominal fee. You can access this survey through the membership portal.

SCC 2011 Salary Survey for NACC members: www.nacc.org/resources/salarysurveyintro.asp
SCC 2011 Salary Survey for nonmembers: www.spiritualcarecollaborative.org/salary_survey.asp

Spiritual Care Champions Webinar Series

Please consider the webinar offerings of the Spiritual Care Champions Series offered on Wednesdays. Go to www.che.org/mission/index.php?id=46.

ACPE Webinar Series

Look for ACPE webinars being offered. More info: www.acpeacademy.com/2010-webinars/

APC webinars *

Please note that APC has graciously extended a special discount on APC Professional Chaplaincy Webinars to members of their Organizational Partner associations, AAPC, ACCA, ACPE, CASC, NACC, NAJC and NAVAC.

Our NACC members are invited to use a special promotion code that a member can access by going to this Member Only page on the NACC website:
www.nacc.org/resources/apc_webinars.asp There you can also link to APC Store where you can use the code to register for live or recorded webinars. The code, when entered on the payment screen during final checkout, will deduct $20 from your webinar order. APC requests that we not share this code beyond our membership.

More info on these and other offerings: APC webinars

HealthCare Chaplaincy Webinars

More info: plainviews.healthcarechaplaincy.org/content/Conferences.aspx

Are you planning to give any presentations on chaplaincy?

We continue to encourage members to promote the chaplaincy profession. Please remember that the NACC office staff want to make sure you have resources to share. If you are planning to do a presentation, please contact Cindy Bridges (cbridges@nacc.org) so that she can send you brochures. Also we remind you that you can access on our NACC website the Chaplaincy Ministry video (or order one – see below) as well as two PowerPoint slideshows to use as a basis for the presentation at www.nacc.org/advancing/promo.asp.

Order your video promoting the chaplaincy profession

Our video on Chaplaincy, both a recruitment version (that begins and ends with “Is God Calling You?”), and a version without this question, is available in DVD format. The charge is just $6.00, the cost of production and shipping. You may preview the video at this link. To order copies please email Cindy Bridges for instructions.

Accessing the chaplaincy profession video on YouTube

Do you know that you can also access the Chaplaincy video on YouTube? Since YouTube now allows more than 10 minute clips, we have been able to have YouTube host our video. You can access the video at www.nacc.org/advancing/promo.asp and visit the NACC’s YouTube channel (click “subscribe” to receive notifications when we add new content to our channel): www.youtube.com/user/CatholicChaplains.

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: Joe Floryance, husband of Melissa Casanta-Floryance (cancer), Francesco Marshall, Tom Landry (at the death of his father, Thomas), Nancy Flaig, Glenn and Pat Teske (recuperation from injuries suffered in car accident), Bonnie Burnett (recuperation from surgery), Anna Maria Marabella (Surgery), Marian Louwagie (Cancer), Susan Murphy (recovering from hospital stay), Sr. Margaret Dougherty, DC (cancer), Fr. Jim Radde, SJ (cancer), Sr. Mary Clare Boland, SP, Sr. Phyllis Ann DiRenzo (treatment for breast cancer), Kathy Brier (hospitalization-daughter of NACC member Theresa Brier), Ginny Conron (POP surgery), Marcella Keefe-Slager (lung cancer and treatment), Gloria Troxler (preventive chemotherapy after ovarian surgery), Fr. Kevin Ikpah (eye troubles), Lourdes B. Ruta (wife of Peter Ruta, in recovery), and Kelly Elizabeth Sexton (cancer: daughter of NACC member Melyssa Sexton).

Recent job postings

The following positions have been posted in the last two weeks. Please go to www.nacc.org/positions/available.aspx for more information.

      Kenosha, WI - United Hospital System

      Columbus, OH - Mount Carmel

      Kansas City, KS - University of Kansas Hospital

      Kansas City, MO - Carondelet Health

MAYO CLINIC CPE Residency positions
      Rochester, MN - Mayo Clinic

Positions wanted

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.

To place your own ad, send an email to Phil Paradowski: pparadowski@nacc.org.