(Items marked with a * are new or updated items)
1. Executive Director’s Reflection *
2. Please provide us your feedback on the second public draft of new Strategic Plan *
3. Welcome to our new March members! *
4. Annual Member Campaign has begun! *
5. Certification interviews the weekend of April 21-22, 2012
6. Have you accessed the March-April 2012 Vision yet?
7. Have your considered joining NACC now?
8. Have you moved recently and not told us?
9. Only one week left for Early Bird Special! Ends April 16th! *
10. Enjoy Reflections by John Dear, SJ, one of our Plenary Speakers *
11. Would you consider being a Vision writer for the 2012 Conference?
12. Would you contribute items for the Silent Auction for the NACC 2012 Conference?
13. 2012 Conference Looking for Bloggers
14. Memories of Milwaukee
15. Did you read the recent article by our NACC member, Susan Mitchell? *
16. Vatican Approves Texts for Blessing of a Child in the Womb *
17. New book by Dr. Ira Byock recently released *
18. News from the Disaster Operations for the Red Cross International *
19. NACC local/regional events *
20. The 2012 NACC audio conferences!
21. Spiritual Care Champions Series 2012-2013 Webinar Series begins this Wednesday! *
22. April 16th is the 5th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day *
23. APC webinars
24. ACPE Webinar Series
25. The SCC 2011 Salary Survey is available!
26. Are you planning to give any presentations on chaplaincy?
27. Order your video promoting the chaplaincy profession
28. Accessing the chaplaincy profession video on YouTube
29. Healing Tree: a request for prayers *
30. Recent job postings *
31. Advertisers, administrators, and directors! Post an ad on our job page and watch the applications roll in!
32. Positions wanted
In Rome, there used to be, perhaps there still is, the phrase for Pasquetta or Little Easter (the Monday after Easter Sunday -today!), “Natale con i tuoi; Pasqua con chi vuoi.” At Christmas you spend it with your own (family), and Easter you are with whomever you want. One could reflect on this traditional saying and see it lived in the area of Rome by people heading out to parks for picnics, enjoying the early springtime, and milling about with a variety of people. Not a bad idea if you are not working today. If you are working today, perhaps this reflection might simply be a brief invitation to take a two minute mental, emotional, or spiritual journey beyond the exigencies of your work day to let your awareness and heart be “con chi vuoi” or “with whom you want to be.”
That’s it for my reflection today. Rather than your spending two more minutes reading my thoughts, let yourself enjoy and be nourished by your own Pasquetta or Little Easter. Whom do you want to be with for the next couple of minutes? Please do…
A blessed Easter season to you,
David Lichter, D.Min.
Top of page Please provide us your feedback on the second public draft of new Strategic Plan *
Last week we sent you an invitation to provide your feedback on the second public draft of the new NACC Strategic Plan. You have until Tuesday, April 17th to provide your feedback to us. Why wait? It will only take a few minutes. To access the draft go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/NACC2ndDraftFeedback. The Board of Directors will review all feedback and develop Draft III on April 26, 2012. On May 21, 2012, members will comment on Draft III at National Conference and on May 22nd the Board will review these member comments and refine the Final Draft. Thank you for your feedback!Welcome to our new March members! *
We are delighted to welcome the following new members who joined us in March!
Stephanie Petersen Kucera
You have most likely received your invitation and request to participate in the 2012 Member Support Campaign. This Campaign is so vital for the health of NACC, as it supports you, our members, by helping us keep our educational offerings reasonably priced and enables us to waive or reduce program fees for members in need, provide extra networking calls, offer scholarships as we can, and be extra responsive when challenging financial circumstances arise due to family job losses and other family circumstances. Please be as generous as you can. If you have not given in the past, please consider offering some support this year. Blessings on you!Top of page Certification interviews the weekend of April 21-22, 2012 *
The NACC is happy to announce that the next certification interviews are taking place on April 21st and 22nd. We are interviewing 55 applicants from across the United States in the following cities:
Middletown (Hartford), CT
Silver Spring, MD
St Louis, MO
In addition to the 55 applicants, we are hosting 9 Site Coordinators, 13 Interview Team Educators, and 68 interviewers. Thank you to everyone who is working so hard to make this event possible. Please keep everyone involved in the interviews in your thoughts and prayers.Have you accessed the new March-April 2012 Vision yet?
The March-April 2012 Vision is now available on the NACC website. The main theme is on collaborating with our professional colleagues and serving on interdisciplinary teams. It is a very helpful issue. 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!Have you considered joining NACC now?
Are you one of the more than 1,100 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 2,500 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! If you have questions about being a member, please contact Cindy Bridges (email@example.com). www.nacc.org/membership/categories.aspHave 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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!Top of page
The Early Bird Special does not last much longer! April 16th is one week from today! Don’t miss our national plenary speakers and conference weaver, as well as quality workshops. Complete your registration today! Also, please be sure to make your hotel reservation! Rooms are filling up! The brochure is also online at www.nacc.org/conference/.Enjoy Reflections by John Dear, SJ, one of our Plenary Speakers *
John Dear, SJ, one of our plenary speakers, has a blog at the National Catholic Reporter website. Most recently, he reflected on Holy Thursday and the concepts of friendship and betrayal. See his blog at ncronline.org/blog/1122.Would you consider being a Vision writer for the 2012 Conference?
The Vision is seeking members who are attending the 2012 Conference who would be interested in writing articles about the 2012 Conference for the July-August 2012 Vision. If you are would like to consider this opportunity and service to our members, or want to ask more questions about what this might entail, please contact Laurie Hansen Cardona at email@example.com. Article deadlines for these articles will be June 8, 2012.Would you contribute items for the Silent Auction for the NACC 2012 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Conference Looking for Bloggers
The NACC is planning to set up a blog for the 2012 Conference in Milwaukee. We are looking for experienced bloggers who are NACC members and are planning to attend this year’s conference. If you are interested in helping to blog live from the conference, please contact Susanne Chawszczewski at email@example.com.Top of page Memories of Milwaukee
Back by popular demand -- we are pleased to offer two special local events during our 2012 conference. Join us for the opportunity to make special memories of your time in Milwaukee.
Friday Night Fish Fry - Friday, May 18, 2012
On Friday night in Milwaukee, just about every restaurant has one, and everyone is always looking to find their favorite – the Friday Night Fish Fry. Join us for a Wisconsin tradition at a local Milwaukee favorite, the American Serb Hall. Serb Hall has been serving the community for over 50 years and their hospitality is just as good as their food.
The $25 cost includes transportation and an all-u-can-eat Haddock fish fry (served family style) with sides, soda, and coffee. Bus Pick up at the hotel is at 5:30 p.m. and Dinner is at 6:15 p.m.
Milwaukee Church Tour - Saturday, May 19, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join us for a guided tour of three of Milwaukee’s local churches. We will travel by bus to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, the Islamic Center, and St. Mary and St. Antonious Coptic Orthodox Church. Three continuing education hours will be offered.
The $35 cost includes the three-hour guided tour, transportation, and a light snack.
Registration and payment is due by April 16, 2012. To download a registration form, click here.
Our NACC member, Susan Mitchell, recently was invited to write an article on the chaplaincy ministry for publication in Ministry and Liturgy. It was published in its April 2012 issue. You can read Susan’s article by going to rpinet.com/ministry/3903f4.html. If you would like to provide Susan your comments personally, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.Vatican Approves Texts for Blessing of a Child in the Womb *
The Vatican has approved the publication of the “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb,” which will be printed in English and Spanish in a combined booklet by Mothers’ Day. The blessing was prepared to support parents awaiting the birth of their child, to encourage community prayers for and recognition of the precious gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society. It can be offered within the context of the Mass as well as outside of Mass. While not available yet at this time, you can check back with USCCB Publications in May at www.usccbpublishing.org.Top of page New book by Dr. Ira Byock recently released *
The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care through the End of Life by Ira Byock, MD, has recently been released. As we approach the 5th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day, Dr. Byock’s book is a convincing and a passionate appeal made with story after story for more listening, more individualized care through family dialogues, and more advance directives to lessen the needless suffering and wasteful expenses around end-of-life care. It’s a great book for our profession. Read more and order through www.irabyock.org/reviews.htm.News from the Disaster Operations for the Red Cross International *
Our NACC member, Tim Serban, informed us that a Disaster Spiritual Care Newsletter has been released. You can access it here. The upcoming pre-conference orientation at the NACC conference in May will be just one of two scheduled opportunities to learn how the new Disaster Spiritual Care activity of the American Red Cross will work. Tim mentioned that their work to integrate both board certified chaplains along with community spiritual care providers is developing well. He noted we are fortunate to have four Disaster Spiritual Care leaders supporting the orientation in Milwaukee and we have close to 30 registrants so far.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!
Please see below our program for 2012. As an added benefit this year, we will be continuing the audio conferences focusing on theological topics, but have added a four-part series on Spiritual Care Leadership. Mark your calendars for the following dates.
This Wednesday, April 11th, the 2012-2013 Spiritual Care Champions Series begins with Healthcare Delivery in the 21st Century. An introduction to the major shifts occurring in U.S. health care, including its delivery, payment, technology, and other considerations in reference to healthcare reform and related trends. The presentation will be given in light of how this new environment will shape spiritual care. This first of three is being offered by Catholic Health Initiatives’ Alan Bowman, VP, Ministry Formation, and Rose Shandrow, System Director, Mission Operations and Spiritual Care, Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, WA. For more information go to www.che.org/mission/index.php?id=46.April 16th is the 5th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day *
Join Americans across the country in making future healthcare decisions known to family, friends and healthcare providers. Share your wishes and complete your advance directive, because…YOUR DECISIONS MATTER. Learn more about National Healthcare Decisions Day and get free information at www.nhdd.org.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
Look for ACPE offerings by going to: acpe.edu/ACPEAcademy.htmTop of page 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
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 (email@example.com) 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.Top of page 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: Marybeth Harmon (breast cancer surgery), Joe Floryance, husband of Melissa Casanta-Floryance (cancer), Francesco Marshall, 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.
MAYO CLINIC CPE
Merced, CA - Mercy Medical Center
La Crosse, WI - Gundersen Lutheran Health System
DIRECTOR of SPIRITUAL CARE SERVICES
Baraboo, WI - St. Clare Hospital
DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL CARE
Fresno, CA - Saint Agnes Medical Center
ASSOCIATE CHAPLAIN/SACRED HEART HOSPITAL/PRN
Pensacola, FL - Sacred Heart Hospital
Gilbert, AZ - Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
Get your ad posted on a page that sees hundreds of visitors each week. A 100-word ad costs only $225 to run for two full months on our Positions Available page and is also included in two successive issues of NACC Now. For more information and a complete table of ad rates go to www.nacc.org/positions/adinfo.asp.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: firstname.lastname@example.org.