1. Executive Director’s Reflection
2. NACC staff availability will be limited until January 4, 2011
3. NACC staff will be moving to a new office at the end of January 2011
4. NACC Episcopal Liaison, Bishop Paul Coakley appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Oklahoma City
5. Inviting NACC members to apply to be NACC Board candidate
6. Order your 2011 World Day of the Sick Prayer Cards early!
7. Online Vision now available!
8. Writers needed for March-April 2011 Vision theme
9. Have you moved recently and not told us?
10. Receiving NACC Now, but you are not an NACC member?
11. May in Milwaukee! Mark your calendars for the 2011 National Conference!
12. NACC Distinguished Service and Outstanding Colleague Recipients Have Been Named!
13. Seeking Items for the Silent Auction – NACC 2011 Conference
14. Plans for the 2011 NACC audio conferences are being completed!
15. Are you planning to give any presentations on chaplaincy?
16. Order your video promoting the chaplaincy profession
17. Local/regional event dates
18. Healing Tree: a request for prayers
19. Recent job postings
20. Positions wanted
A blessed Christmas and 2011 to all of you!
In the healing ministry, we daily encounter the Word made flesh
who overcame our darkness and made us children of the Light. What a gift!
May the sacredness and wonder of our ministry surround us these days,
inviting us to give glory to God for what we witness
in the human heart and spirit
in the midst of suffering, illness, and death!
Blessings on all of you!
David A. Lichter, D.Min.
NACC staff availability will be limited until January 4, 2011
During the next two weeks several NACC office staff members will be taking needed vacation time, thus we will have minimum staff coverage. Particularly the areas of certification and renewal of certification will not have regular support. We will do what we can but please anticipate responses on or after January 4, 2011. The office will be closed December 23, 24, 31, 2010 and January 3, 2011.NACC staff will be moving to a new office at the end of January 2011
January 2011 will be a very busy time for the NACC office staff! We will be moving to a new office just a few buildings north of our current office, downsizing the space but moving up (5th floor from lobby level)! This decision is based on good stewardship of NACC resources. This will be a three-year lease, starting February 1, 2011. Although we will have a new address, we will be keeping all of our other contact information: phone, fax, e-mail, etc. Watch for details.NACC Episcopal Liaison, Bishop Paul Coakley appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Oklahoma City
On December 16, 2011, the Holy Father appointed Bishop Paul Coakley of Salina, Kansas, as metropolitan archbishop of Oklahoma City. David Lichter sent Bishop Coakley a congratulations communication, promising him the NACC’s prayer and support. Click here for details.Inviting NACC members to apply to be NACC Board candidate
At its October 2010 Board meeting, the NACC Board discerned its board needs for the coming years. As you know we have two newly elected Board members for 2011, Jane Mather and Mary Lou O’Gorman. We will need another member elected Board member for 2012, thus our leadership discernment process has begun anew. Please review the Board needs and criteria, and consider applying by completing the application form or encouraging another who meets the criteria to apply. If you have questions, please contact the Nomination Panel chair, Jim Letourneau at firstname.lastname@example.org.Order your 2011 World Day of the Sick Prayer Cards early!
The NACC has the new 2011 World Day of the Sick Prayer Cards ready for ordering. Our cards are published both in English and Spanish. We have two prayer cards, one for the care giver and one for the sick person. Order today and avoid the deadline rush! Final order day to assure arrival is January 15, 2011. You can order them now by going to www.nacc.org/resources/wds to download the order form.Online Vision now available!
Have you looked at the online Vision yet? Please click here. The Vision site on the NACC website is getting exceptional hits! The online version of Vision has caused a huge jump in traffic to the NACC website. In the seven-day period between November 8th and 15th, the November/December issue saw over 1,000 visitors. The sharing options are even more robust since two weeks ago. The main content is “members only” and is accessed through your membership number. We welcome your comments/suggestions/feedback. Please contact email@example.com.Writers needed for the March-April 2011 Vision theme
Vision’s Editorial Advisory Panel seeks writers for articles related to the March-April 2011 Vision theme: Care plans, spiritual assessments and charting (time management priorities). Please consider your experience and expertise. For more information or to volunteer ideas, yourself as writer, or others as sources, contact Laurie Hansen Cardona, Vision editor, at Lcardona@nacc.org.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), our membership support staff person at the NACC office, to let her know! We don’t want you to miss our communications to you!Receiving NACC Now, but you are not an NACC member?
If you are one of the 800+ who are not members of NACC but are receiving NACC Now, 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!
May in Milwaukee! Please mark your calendars! The 2011 Conference Planning Task Force continues its planning for the 2011 National Conference in Milwaukee, WI, May 21-24, 2011. Workshop application is almost completed. It’s going to be a great conference.Distinguished Service and Outstanding Colleague Recipients Have Been Named!
Please join us in congratulating and honoring Sr. Colette Hanlon, SC, M.E.D., M.A., BCC, upon her selection to receive the Distinguished Service Award at the 2011 National Conference. With the Distinguished Service Award, the NACC recognizes outstanding dedication and service to advancing the mission of NACC and the ministry of chaplaincy in a significant and lasting way. Click here for background on Sr. Colette and the Award.
The NACC will also be recognizing Christina Puchalski, M.S., M.D, with the NACC Outstanding Colleague Award, for her pioneering research and education in spirituality and medicine. With the Outstanding Colleague Award, the NACC recognizes an individual or a group whose work has proven complementary to, supportive of, or otherwise has contributed to the advancement of the profession of chaplaincy in a significant and lasting way. Dr. Puchalski is also one of our plenary speakers at the NACC 2011 National Conference. Click here for background on Dr. Puchalski and the Award.Seeking Items for the Silent Auction – NACC 2011 Conference
We invite members to bring to the 2011 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 at email@example.com.
We are excited to share with you our plans in progress for the 2011 NACC Audio Conferences. They will again be offered on Thursdays at noon (Central Time). More details will follow. Here are the presenters and topics for all but December 2011.
For questions about our audio conferences, please contact Jeanine Annunziato (firstname.lastname@example.org).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 (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.Local/regional event dates
Please review the list below, and mark your calendars. More details of events will be in future NACC Now's.
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: Fr. James Radde, SJ (cancer), Sr. Mary Clare Boland, SP, Sr. Mary Ruth Krack, OSB (pancreatic cancer), Sr. Phyllis Ann DiRenzo (treatment for breast cancer), Jane Smith (macular hole in right eye – eye surgery), Kathy Brier (hospitalization-daughter of NACC member Theresa Brier), Ginny Conron (POP surgery), Marcella Keefe-Slager (lung cancer and treatment), Sr. John Marie Stack, OSF (lymphoma cancer), Gloria Troxler (preventive chemotherapy after ovarian surgery), Fr. Kevin Ikpah (eye troubles), Sr. Micheletta McGee, RSM (pancreatic cancer), Lourdes B. Ruta (wife of Peter Ruta, in recovery), Fr. Bob Nee, BCC, LICSW, CT (intractable epilepsy), Kelly Elizabeth Sexton (cancer: daughter of NACC member Melyssa Sexton), Joyce Fink (heart attack/recovery from open heart surgery), Fr. Bill Spacek (detached retina and other eye issues); Sr. Nancy Crane, OP (cancer treatment), and Sr. Hilda Mallet, MHS (cancer treatment).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.
CATHOLIC PRIEST CHAPLAIN
Fort Lauderdale, FL - St. John’s Nursing Center/St. Anthony’s Rehabilitation Hospital
CHAPLAIN ASSOCIATE - PER DIEM/ON CALL
Mission Viejo & Laguna Beach, CA - Mission Hospital
BOARD CERTIFIED CHAPLAIN
Oxnard, CA - St. John's Regional Medical Center
PASTORAL CARE CHAPLAIN
Maywood (Chicago), IL - Loyola University Medical Center
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.