Issue #246 – April 10, 2017
(Items marked with a * are new or updated items)
1. Executive Director’s Reflection*
2. Welcoming our new members who joined us in March 2017*
3. NACC 2016 Annual Report is now available on NACC Website for your review.*
4. We extended deadline to participate in Member Survey. If you have not, please do!*
5. Our gratitude to all those contributing to May 20-21, 2017 Certification Interviews*
6. Death of a former member*
7. Read about the conference on our NACC blog!*
8. Read today in Vision: NACC participation in Transforming Chaplaincy*
9. 2017 NACC Networking calls for May, June 2017*
CHAPLAINCY NEWS, EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTS
1. Executive Director’s Reflection*
So, this week is Holy Week. What a blessing for us. How many people have I heard comment in the past week, “Wow, where did Lent go? Next week is Holy Week!” Yes, it is. Now, the gift to us is to be present to God’s grace for us in this Holy Week.
I was reminded last week by Sr. Romona Nowak, OP, our NACC member who received at our NACC Conference last year her Advanced Certification Hospice and Palliative Care (ACHPC) only to discover within weeks that she was diagnosed with cancer and has personally been living the palliative care and hospice journey these past months, as she prepares for, what she has named, her PHD (preparing for a happy death). Over these past weeks, she has shared her thoughts with the sisters of her community and friends. Among her reflections last week she wrote, “The greatest gift we have is the NOW. As I ponder ‘quality of life’ I realize that it becomes real when I do. It is not looking outside for the giftedness but within the moment.”
I was deeply struck by her observation, “As I ponder ‘quality of life’ I realize that it becomes real when I do. It is not looking outside for the giftedness but within the moment.” I found myself in deep agreement with and recognizing the painful truth of how much the quality of life “becomes real when I do.” That it is contingent on own self-awareness, self-honesty, self-intent, and self-surrender in each moment. How much my lack of presence to people diminishes the quality of the encounter!
So I reflect on this Holy Week, and pray that it be a “quality of life” Holy Week for you and me, and for those we love and care for. My prayer with you during this Holy Week is what Sr. Romona noted as, “My prayer and hope is in the preciousness of each moment, being human, grateful and authentic.” Within each moment of each liturgical service of this Holy Week or within the moments of worship within your ministry when you stand by one who is the suffering Christ, may you be blessed with the awareness of each moment’s preciousness, of its reality, of you being there, human, grateful and authentic.
Blessings on your Holy Week and Easter!
David Lichter, D.Min.
2. Welcoming our new members who joined us in March 2017 *
We extend a warm welcome to our new members who joined us in March 2017!
Rev. Michael Barimah-Apau (West Hempstead, NY)
Rev. Michael C. Bliss (Peoria, IL)
Mr. Steven B. Drennan (Eureka, IL)
Rev. Solomon Farinto (Walnut Creek, CA)
Rev. Felipe De J. Legarreta (Bloomingdale, IL)
Brother James Lonon (Beverly Hills, CA)
Scott J. Martin (Perryopolis, PA)
Ms. Eloise Williamson (Cudahy, WI)
3. NACC 2016 Annual Report is now available on NACC Website for your review. *
As part of our accountability and stewardship to our members, we annually prepare and present to you an Annual Report on the NACC. This includes summary of activities by various NACC leaders, include Board Chair, Mary Lou O’Gorman, and Executive Director, David Lichter, as well as the financial review of 2016. Please take the time to read this report. We are grateful to all our members for their commitment to the NACC mission.
4. We extended deadline to participate in Member Survey. If you have not, please do! *
Many thanks to our members who have so far responded to the 2017 NACC Member Engagement Survey! For those of you who have not had the opportunity to make your views known, we’ve extended the close date through the end of this week, Good Friday, April 14, 2017. Please take the time to participate. We need to know about your interests and needs.
Your responses will help drive NACC direction and initiatives into the future. Please lend your voice by responding to our survey. We appreciate your taking the time to do this!
Survey link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/QGFYGR3
5. We are grateful to the many people contributing to the May 20-21, 2017 Certification Interviews! *
The National Office and many volunteers have been busy completing preparations for the May 20-21, 2017 certification interviews. The interviews are being held in five locations: Milwaukee, WI; Middletown, CT; Indianapolis, IN; Omaha, NE; and Torrance CA. There are at least 120 people involved in the interview weekend: 47 applicants, 51 interviewers, 11 Interview Team Educators, 5 Site Coordinators, 1 Certification Commissioner-on-Call, and 5 Pastoral Presence Volunteers as well as Other Volunteers. Thanks so much for all our volunteers’ hard work and dedication to the NACC Certification process! Please keep our certification applicants, and all of those involved, in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare for certification interviews.
6. Death of a former member *
Our Former NACC member, Sister Anne Marie Snyder, OP, died on March 30, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, MI. Sister Anne Marie joined NACC in 1982, was certified in 1994, and retired from NACC in 2009. Please join in prayer for her, as she enjoys now the fullness of God’s peace. You can read her obituary at:
7. Read about the conference on our NACC blog! *
To provide our members with more timely conference coverage in the May-June issue of Vision, we are experimenting this year with a new NACC blog. Vision editor David Lewellen will post several articles about the conference before members have caught their flights out of Albuquerque, and more coverage will follow during the following week as you settle back into your daily routines. To read all about it, remember to visit https://www.nacc.org/nacc-blog/
8. Read today in Vision: NACC participation in Transforming Chaplaincy *
The Transforming Chaplaincy program, which equips hospital chaplains to use research in their work, has benefited from the NACC’s participation in its multiple initiatives. In the current issue of Vision, Caterina Mako and Kathryn Lyndes provide details on this exciting collaboration.
9. 2017 NACC Networking calls for May, June 2017 *
If you wish to participate on any of these calls and are not already on that particular call list, please contact Ramune Franitza at [email protected].
- NACC Outpatient Group Call – Monday May 15, 2017 – 10 am CT
- NACC Palliative Care/Hospice Call – Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 10:30 am CT
- NACC Canadian Group Call – Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – 2 pm CT
- NACC Palliative Care/Hospice Call – Thursday, June 22, 2017 – 11 am CT
2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE APRIL 28-MAY 1, 2017
For news and information on our 2017 National Conference, go to:
CHAPLAINCY NEWS, EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTS
For information on our NACC 2017 Webinar Series, please go to:
10. Second Request: Do you provide any e-chaplaincy and are you willing to have a brief conversation with another member about it? *
Our NACC member, Mary Jo Zacher, is seeking to speak with any member whose system is utilizing some form of e-chaplaincy. If you do and are willing to contact her, you can reach Mary Jo at either
[email protected] or her cell phone at 309-253-5173. She really appreciates it!
11. Healing Tree: a request for prayers*
Please let us know if you would like our membership to pray for your health and healing. We will leave the person’s name on the Healing Tree list for three months, unless you ask us to remove your or the person’s name earlier. You can always request us to leave the name on longer.
We continue to pray for: Bernadette Bolton (mother of NACC member, Patrick Bolton), Sr. Marie V. Janousek CSJ, Fr. Jude Nwachukwu (on the unexpected death of his sister on New Year’s Eve), Frances Langdon (wife of member Jerry Kaelin: prayerful thanks for successful cancer surgery, an experience of realized eschatology this Advent), Sr. Romona Nowak, OP, Sr. MariaTheresa Hronec, Sr. Mary Thecla Kuhnline, Fr. Jim Radde, SJ, Mason Richter, Shane Rebholtz, Rosemary Benya BCC, Sr. Nancy Beckenhauer, Linda Dickey, Marilyn and Chuck Silkey (sister and brother-in-law of NACC member Kathy Ponce), Dr. David Nile (Husband of recently deceased NACC member Lucy G. Nile BCC), Amy in Redwood City, CA (friend of NACC member Teresa Sullivan); Julie Bablin, Marie Coglianese, Nancy and Sheila Amrich (nieces-in-law of NACC member Sr. Paracleta Amrich), Isabelita Boquiren, Sister Stephanie Morales, FMI, Susan Balling, Maria Meneses, Sister M. Dianna Hell, Betty and Louis Skonieczny, Jim and Frances Castello, Thomas Smiley (brother of member Diane Smiley), Marga Halala, Glenn and Pat Teske, Sr. Mary Clare Boland, SP, Gloria Troxler, and Kelly Elizabeth Sexton (daughter of NACC member Melyssa Sexton).
12. Recent job postings*
The following positions have been posted recently on our Positions Available page.
For more information go to www.nacc.org/resources/positions.
CHAPLAIN – Full Time or On Call
Milwaukee & Racine, WI – Ascension Healthcare
CHAPLAIN – Full Time – Day Shifts (4 days, 10 hours)
Reno, Nevada – St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
CHAPLAIN – Part time
Elk Grove Village, IL – AMITA Health Care
DIRECTOR of SPIRITUAL SERVICES – Full Time
Glendale, WI – Ascension Health
CATHOLIC PRIEST (Full-Time)
Saint Louis, Missouri – Barnes Jewish Hospital
DIRECTOR of PASTORAL CARE and MISSION
Waterville, Maine – Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation
Park Ridge, Illinois – Presence Resurrection Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
SPIRITUAL CARE MINISTERS
Green Bay, Wisconsin – St Vincent Hospital
Miami, Florida – Miami Children’s Hospital
FT PRIEST CHAPLAIN
Paterson, New Jersey – St. Joseph’s Healthcare System
DIRECTOR of PASTORAL CARE
Baltimore, Maryland – Bon Secours Health System
CHAPLAINS – PA & NJ
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Holy Redeemer Health System
CATHOLIC PRIEST CHAPLAIN
Blue Springs, Missouri – St. Mary’s Medical Center
Kansas City, Missouri – St. Joseph’s Medical Center
View these jobs and more at: www.nacc.org/resources/positions.