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Issue #113- January 16, 2012 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, and Mathew Ahmann, Executive Director of the
National Catholic Conference for Interrracial Justice, in a
crowd, 08/28/1963]

(Items marked with a * are new or updated items)


1. Executive Director’s Reflection *
2. Inviting NACC members to apply to be NACC Board candidate *
3. Death of a member *
4. Have you accessed the January-February 2012 Vision? *
5. Would you like to write for future Vision issues? *
6. Are you aware of the various special networking calls? *
7. Are you a non-member receiving NACC Now?
8. Have you moved recently and not told us?


9. Plan to attend the NACC 2012 National Conference
10. Special February Audio Conferences on Conference Theme *
11. Plenary Speaker John Dear, S.J., had been nominated for Nobel Peace Award *
12. 2012 National Conference – Day of Reflection *
13. Seeking Items for the Silent Auction – NACC 2011 Conference *
14. Remember the deadline for submitting posters for conference presentation! *
15. Did you get your Conference Brochure? Did you complete it yet? *


16. 2012 NACC audio conferences being finalized! *
17. Are you familiar with the most recent work of Harold Koenig? *
18. Request: what electronic system are you using for assessing/recording spiritual needs? *
19. Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook
20. Online spiritual care knowledge base being developed
21. 2012 NACC local/regional events *
22. Spiritual Care Champions Webinar Seies *
23. APC webinars *
24. ACPE Webinar Series
25. HealthCare Chaplaincy Webinars
26. The New SCC 2011 Salary Survey is now available!
27. Are you planning to give any presentations on chaplaincy?
28. Order your video promoting the chaplaincy profession
29. Accessing the chaplaincy profession video on YouTube
30. Healing Tree: a request for prayers *
31. Recent job postings *
32. Positions wanted

Executive Director’s Reflection *

2012! If the Mayan calendar revelation is correct, we have a lot to accomplish this year!! So, what’s on your mind and mine? The NACC words that are on my mind that repeat themselves, often in mantra-like form, at the beginning of this year are: serving emerging markets beyond acute care, value, research, evidence-based, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, … None of these is new to us, and most of the efforts around these are still a “work in progress” for us.

At my former company we always marked documents that were not yet a “draft” but that were being circulated among several of us to read, comment, and add our two cents as a “work in progress.” This meant “don’t consider it yet a draft ready for comprehensive editing.” I like this phrase related to these repeated words noted above, as they are work in progress. Good work is happening; and progress is being made in each area. It was very helpful to read through Rabbi Stephen Roberts’ Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care as it shows in one volume the work and progress that has been and is being made in our field of chaplaincy.

Let me use one example. This past week I received a call from one of our board certified members inquiring about being certified for palliative care. She informed me that her hospital has designated a team composed of an MD, nurse, social worker, and herself to head their palliative care effort, and they were researching where to go (together) to be certified in palliative care. While we discussed the progress that is being made by HealthCare Chaplaincy, with involvement with some members of our association, in vetting palliative care competencies to be used for a special palliative care certification and developing a curriculum for preparing chaplains for certification, I was more excited for her that the four of them together would be certified as a team, thus lessening the possibility of initial territorial barriers that are often present to interdisciplinary work.

I hear from many of you that being a peer among the professionals is still a challenge, and I learn from others that many of our members might be competent in what they have learned about the patient and family but are not yet comfortable or equipped (language, approach) to share with peers what they know. Thus we have work to do to help our members progress in that interdisciplinary competency. We will be offering education and training options in this area.

However, Linda Piotrowski, in her contribution to Robert’s book, wrote the article “Transdisciplinary Relationships,” in which she shares efforts (especially in palliative care) toward another progress in interdisciplinary team work. She shares the vision of a professional team of healthcare providers that provide comprehensive care by putting aside “their professional territoriality to listen and plan for the best possible care of a patient… Transdisciplinarity represents the highest progression in the process of patient care.” She views the chaplain with a key role within this team, with the “excellent position to initiate, advocate, educate, and facilitate care planning meetings and/or patient rounds.” She goes on to state four functions of the chaplain: assessor, advocate, educator, and coordinator. She argues that, “In these days of heightened fiscal concerns and the demand for increased professionalism as well as productivity, the board certified chaplain is in a unique position to model the humility and maturity required to function in an interdisciplinary manner.”

The chaplain who asked me about our progress towards a certification specialty in palliative care actually described the makings of the “transdisciplinary” team, as they planned to go together to be certified. Knowing her, she has the comfort to be and is equipped to function as the chaplain that Linda describes. Her own ministry/profession will be a work in progress too.

Those mantra-like words above will guide much of NACC’s efforts this year. These efforts will be work that will progress. Where is your work in progress for 2012?

Blessings on 2012!
David Lichter, D.Min.
Executive Director


Inviting NACC members to apply to be NACC Board candidate *

The NACC Board of Directors will have one elected board member seat to fill for January 2013, as our current Board Chair, Alan Bowman, will be completing his two three-year terms on December 31, 2012. The Board continues its leadership discernment process. We invite members to consider presenting themselves as a potential candidate for Board consideration. Please review the Board responsibilities and criteria, and consider applying by completing the application form or encouraging another who meets the criteria to apply. We will accept applications until February 3, 2012. All applications are reviewed based on criteria and current board needs. If you have questions, please contact the Nomination Panel chair, Jim Letourneau at letournj@trinity-health.org.

Death of a member *

We are saddened to learn of the recent death of Sr. Marian Louwagie, CSJ.

Her friend and colleague Fr. Stephen LaCanne wrote us this morning:

Sr. Marian Louwagie passed away on Friday and her Mass of Christian Burial was yesterday. She started to have trouble again with the cancer returning this Fall. She had more treatments which seemed to help. She attended our HealthEast Spiritual Care Christmas dinner December 20th and she came in for more treatments several times after that. She was in palliative care for not even two weeks. She was at her home with her Sister-roommate of 24 years, Linda Taylor when she died.

We had a beautiful Liturgy yesterday at the CSJ motherhouse near St. Catherine’s with many family and friends attending. Her priest brother Fr. Vincent OMI presided...many wonderful testimonies and songs about her life. It was a beautiful celebration of her life and more than 40 years of health care ministry. She started out as a RN out of college and she had preceded me as Director of Spiritual Care here at St. Joe’s for 10 years and another 10 years following that at Woodwinds.

When she was Director here at ST. Joe’s Marian was a leader in serving the minorities in our midst -- the Native American, the homeless, single mothers, the immigrating Hmong population -- welcoming not only their customs, interpreters and rituals but also providing cutting edge service that no one else was doing twenty five years ago. She had a spirit of inclusivity which speaks to the best of our Catholic Health Care tradition: she served the whole patient. Yes, she was a Vatican II example of the best leadership in health care.

She will be greatly missed.

You can read her obituary at www.marshallindependent.com/page/content.detail/id/531944/Sister-Marian-Louwagie.html.

Have you accessed the January-February 2012 Vision? *

The January-February 2012 Vision is available on the NACC website. This issue is dedicated to two themes: To Serve the Poor and One Book, One Association. Remember that 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!

Would you like to write for future Vision issues? *

Vision is seeking writers on the next two Vision issues. Their themes are:

If interested, please contact Vision editor, Laurie Hansen-Cardona at vision@nacc.org.

Are you aware of the various special networking calls? *

In the coming weeks we have scheduled several special conference calls for members. If you are not on the email list for these calls and want to be, please let us know by contacting Cindy Bridges (cbridges@nacc.org).

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!



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.

Special February Audio Conferences on Conference Theme *

As part of our preparation for our 2012 Conference, Reconciling Journey: A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance, we are very pleased that Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S,. is offering our first audio conferences of 2012 on Reconciliation: Meaning, Spirituality, and the Spiritual Care Profession, February 16 and 23, 2012 – 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Robert Schreiter is an internationally-recognized expert on inculturation, world mission, and reconciliation, having published seventeen books in these areas. To register for these audio conferences, go to www.nacc.org/resources/edops.aspx#16feb2012.

Plenary Speaker John Dear, S.J., had been nominated for Nobel Peace Award *

In 2008, Archbishop Desmond Tutu nominated Fr. Dear for the Nobel Peace Prize writing that John Dear “is the embodiment of a peacemaker. He has led by example through his actions and in his writings and in numerous sermons, speeches and demonstrations.” For more on Fr. Dear, go to www.johndear.org.

2012 National Conference – Day of Reflection *

The theme of this year’s conference Day of Reflection, Friday, May 18th, 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. Look for the optional Day of Reflection registration form included with the Conference Registration Brochure.

Seeking Items for the Silent Auction – NACC 2011 Conference *

We invite members to bring to the 2012 Conference handmade or other types of items, including items from your institution, for our silent auction to be held at the conference. Share your talents and gifts to benefit other members! Proceeds will go towards conference scholarships. If you are interested in contributing an item, please contact Susanne Chawszczewski at schaw@nacc.org.

Remember the deadline for submitting posters for conference presentation! *

Sunday, May 20, 2012, we have set aside time and space for you to present a poster about your work. Your poster will be a visual presentation of your spiritual care department or CPE program, a special project you’ve developed or a description of works in progress (including research). Beyond pre-conference workshops and 75-minute conference workshops, poster displays offer your colleagues additional ways to learn about creative and innovative programs and research in spiritual care. Please note that applications for Posters are due by February 17, 2012. All applications must be submitted electronically. To learn more about poster presentations and to download an application form, please click here.

Did you get your Conference Brochure? Did you complete it yet? *

The NACC 2012 Conference brochure should have arrived. If not, let us know. We are very excited to showcase our national plenary speakers and conference weaver, as well as quality workshops. Complete your registration today! The brochure is also online at www.nacc.org/conference/.



2012 NACC audio conferences being finalized! *

We have announced above the February audio conference. We are finalizing the rest of the 2012 NACC audio conferences. Look for their announcement in the near future. Thank you to all those presented for and participated in the 2011 audio conferences! As an added benefit this year, we will be continuing the audio conferences focusing on theological topics but adding a four part series on Spiritual Care Leadership. The first of these will be in March. Please mark your March calendar with these dates.

Are you familiar with the most recent work of Harold Koenig? *

In November 2011 Templeton Press published Harold C. Koenig’s Spirituality and Health Research: Methods, Measurement, Statistics, and Resources, templetonpress.org/book/spirituality-and-health-research. Dr. Koenig, well known for this field, provides a rich resource on conducting research in our field, a review of the strengths and weakness of research already conducted in this field, and ways to conduct research in this field, and seek funding.

Request: what electronic system are you using for assessing/recording spiritual needs? *

Our NACC member, Thomas Rowan, BCC, works in pastoral care at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. This is an acute care hospital that recently installed electronic medical records (EMR), called Eclipsys, thus doing away with all paper files. This current system has nothing in it about spiritual assessments. If any of our members are utilizing Eclipsys and have a system for assessing and recording spiritual needs that can be added/integrated with Eclipsys, please let Tom know at Thomas_rowan@stbarnabas-ny.org.

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 four of our NACC members: D.W. Donovan, Sr. Norma Gutierrez, Linda Piotrowski, and Tim Serban. You can order from Amazon.com at www.amazon.com/Professional-Spiritual-Pastoral-Care-Practical/dp/1594733120.

Online spiritual care knowledge base being developed

John J. (Jack) Gleason, APC BCC (Retired), is building a free online spiritual care knowledge base as a resource for anyone to use in challenging spiritual care situations--such as issues of aging, fear of cancer recurrence, bad news--with over 200 samples in 24 categories. See what someone actually did and learned in a situation similar to yours. At www.acperesearch.net click on "Ideal Intervention Project." Locate your category in the Table of Contents, and then proceed to the appropriate page. E-mail Jack at mariejohn50@att.net regarding how to contribute your own experiences.

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!

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.

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

ACPE Webinar Series

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

HealthCare Chaplaincy Webinars

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

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

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), Glenn and Pat Teske (recuperation from injuries suffered in car accident), Anna Maria Marabella (Surgery), 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.

     Providence Health & Services, California Center for CPE

     Boston, MA - Massachusetts General Hospital

     Olympia, WA - Providence St. Peter Hospital

     Denver, CO - Join Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital

     Eau Claire, WI - Sacred Heart Hospital

     Portland, OR - Providence Health & Services-Oregon

     Durango, CO - Mercy Regional Medical Center

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.