Issue #316 – January 6, 2020
(Items marked with a * are new or updated items)
1. Executive Director’s Reflection *
2. A heartfelt thank you to all those who made our 2019 Annual Member Campaign a remarkable success! *
3. A warm welcome to our NACC new members who joined us in December 2019! *
4. 2020 NACC Staff changes bring goodbyes and welcome *
5. Saturday, February 15, 2020 is the DEADLINE for Initial Certification and Palliative Care and Hospice Advanced Certification (Track 1-Interview) Applications *
6. Learn more about our 2020 NACC Distinguished Service and Emergent Leader Awardees! *
7. The January-February Vision is here! *
8. You will be getting a “We Need Your Help” e-announcement this week *
9. NACC Networking call for January 2020 – All are welcome to participate! *
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
2020 CONFERENCE, Monday, May 11 – Thursday, May 14 in Cleveland, Ohio!
CHAPLAINCY NEWS, EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTS
12. Registration is now open for the 2020 NACC webinar series! *
13. Register now for the first of our 2020 series webinars – it is not too late! *
14. Don’t miss this special 3-part February NACC webinar series on “Her Smile Is Enough for Me: Critical Care Pediatric Chaplaincy”, presented by Jim Manzardo and Glenda Spearman. *
15. The NACC is offering a free webinar: Preparing Our People to Provide Pastoral Care: NACC Partners in Pastoral Care. Register now! *
16. NACC Local Events *
17. Save the Date! – Chaplain Learning & Networking Luncheon at AAHPM Annual Assembly – San Diego, CA – March 18, 2020 *
18. Healing Tree: a request for prayers *
19. Recent job postings *
1. Executive Director’s Reflection
Blessings on your 2020! New year! New decade! New Life!
When reading about or viewing over the past couple of weeks all the highlights of the second decade of this century, the significance of another decade began to hit me. I confess it was not on my radar until the past couple of weeks. On New Year’s Eve, our son, Dan, stopped over to borrow a shirt, vest, and bowtie and Brixton hat for a “roaring 20’s” themed New Year ’s Eve party. I thought, “That’s cool.” Only later did it hit me, “Oh! Roaring 20’s? 2020! New decade of the 20’s!” I was slow to catch this! So, the potential significance of a new 20’s decade has begun to sink in.
At our New Year’s Eve gathering, we shared reflective questions. One was, “What do you imagine yourself to be doing and to be ten years from now in 2030?” Most responses focused on doing things that bring purpose and meaning, being with family, and enjoying friends and good health. In other words, they addressed one’s understanding of spirituality – what brings purpose and meaning, and lifegiving relationships. It’s good to be thinking this way. What do you imagine yourself to be doing and be ten years from now in 2030? How hard is it to imagine that far out?
Yesterday’s readings for the feast of the Epiphany, especially from Isaiah 60, struck me differently in light of this turn of the decade. The Israelites had returned from exile and faced many severe problems and challenges. It’s difficult to imagine returning to one’s homeland after decades away. Certainly, current photos of refugees and displaced people can stir our imaginations a little.
The writer of Isaiah 60:1-2 provides his historical commentary with metaphorical language (see, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples), while at the same time describes a new day and new time for his community of faith (Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you…but upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory.) One gets the impression that whatever God’s people were encountering historically, God’s presence and promise to the people abides. It has not changed. They will shine forth God’s glory.
The sense of discovering anew God’s presence and promise in this new decade is relieving as much as enlightening. As dismal or discouraging as historical times can be, we still live in the belief and realization that “Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you…”
We bring into 2020 where we ended in 2019. We carry forth into 2020 our own, our family’s, our workplace’s, our nation’s, and our world’s “darkness” and “thick clouds.” Yet, how do I, as the people of Israel did, renew myself in the sense of a new day, a new time, a new decade of God’s presence and promise. How will I embody the next verse of Isaiah 60:3, “Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance”? Will those whom I encounter and those with whom I minister be able to walk by my light and by my shining radiance?
So, ten years from now, in 2030, will people be able to look back at my decade and remark, “S/he was light to/for me.” Could someone say about me that I embodied God’s presence and promise to be with us?
Blessings on your 2020!
David Lichter, D.Min.
2. A heartfelt thank you to all those who made our 2019 Annual Member Campaign a remarkable success!
We are so deeply grateful to all of you who have helped make our 2019 Annual Member Campaign a remarkable success! We closed out 2019 with $64,379 from 532 gifts. In 2018, our NACC Annual Campaign total was $59,877 from 493 gifts. Thank you so much!
3. A warm welcome to our NACC new members who joined us in December 2019!
We extend a very warm welcome our new NACC members who joined us in December 2019. We are grateful for your membership and ministry!
Mrs. Kathryn M. Mach (South Bend, IN)
Mr. Andrew Q. Nguyen (Palo Alto, CA)
Rev. Athanasius N. Okeiyi (Austin, TX)
Rev. Christopher N. Onuoha (Omaha, NE)
Rev. Jung Ju Seo MI (Wauwatosa, WI)
Rev. Cornelius SSekitto AJ (Portland, OR)
Mrs. Cheryl L. J. Bedell (Durham, NC)
Ms. Margaret K. Catone (San Antonio, TX)
Mrs. Eliana M. Plimpton (Carmichael, CA)
4. 2020 NACC Staff changes bring goodbyes and welcome
Andris Kursietis, who has been our Administrative Specialist/Education Programs providing support to our webinars, local events, and conferences, and Linda Yanasak, who has been our Administrative Specialist/Membership Services, have left our office staff. We have combined these two part time positions into one full time position of Administrative Specialist/Member Services that will support our members both as they join and maintain their memberships, as well as when they participate in our webinar and local event education programs. Our new staff member, Pamela Jones, brings to us her gifts and her experience/expertise from diverse education roles and responsibilities. We are deeply grateful to Andris and Linda for their years of service to us, and warmly welcome Pamela to our team. We are also grateful to Andris and Linda for their willingness to help orient and mentor Pamela in her responsibilities with us. To view our NACC staff, please click here.
5. Saturday, February 15, 2020 is the DEADLINE for Initial Certification and Palliative Care and Hospice Advanced Certification (Track 1-Interview) Applications
Your application portfolios for initial certification need to be mailed to the office or uploaded on our website by midnight on Saturday, February 15, 2020! Palliative Care and Hospice Advanced Certification applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or would like informational materials on initial or advanced certification, please contact Lisa Sarenac at email@example.com or call (414) 483-4898 Ext. 304. Please keep our applicants and those considering Board Certification in your prayers.
6. Learn more about our 2020 NACC Distinguished Service and Emergent Leader Awardees!
Come to know more about our 2020 Distinguished Service and Emergent Leader Awardees! Go to
https://www.nacc.org/about-nacc/annual-awards/ and read about:
Distinguished Service Award
Denice S. Foose, MBA, MAPS, BCC, Director, Catholic Chaplain Corps, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Houston, TX
Katherine Piderman PhD, BCC, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Coordinator of Spiritual Research at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Emergent Leader Award
Ruth Jandeska, BCC, Director of Spiritual Care at Providence Hospitals in Columbia, SC.
7. The January-February Vision is here!
The January-February issue of Vision has just been posted.
This issue’s theme is “Ministry to Veterans: Unique experiences, unique challenges,” and the articles cover topics such as PTSD, moral injury, sexual trauma, addiction and much more. Please click on the link below to read your colleagues’ thoughts on this important ministry.
8. You will be getting a “We Need Your Help” e-announcement this week
The NACC office will be sending an email asking if you would help promote chaplaincy at a local level. An opportune time may be the weekends surrounding the World Day of the Sick (February 11, 2020). Over the past year we have developed and distributed Choose Chaplaincy materials, as well as created our www.ChooseChaplaincy.org webpage. This webpage has consistently ranked among the top three most visited pages on our website. (Yes, job postings and the certification pages were also among the top three!) We do need your help! Please consider taking these steps. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org with a request for brochures and posters.
9. NACC Networking call for January 2020 – All are welcome to participate!
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 12 p.m. CT NACC Palliative/Hospice Networking Call
To sign up or for more information, questions, comments or concerns contact Ramune Franitza at email@example.com.
You must reply to participate and receive the ZOOM code for the call. If you replied, we will forward ZOOM passcodes for a visual connection via internet or, if you prefer, you can still call in via a phone line. Registering for the call, even if you cannot participate, will allow you to receive notes of the conversation and resources shared.
If you’ve had difficulty in joining calls using ZOOM please let Ramune Franitza (firstname.lastname@example.org) know so that we can address the difficulty. THANK YOU!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
2020 CONFERENCE, Monday, May 11 – Thursday, May 14 in Cleveland, Ohio!
10. Monday May 11 – Thursday, May 14, 2020, for 2020 Conference!
Mark your calendars for the Vision 20/20 The Future of Spiritual Care Conference in 2020! This conference will be held Monday, May 11, through Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. It will be preceded by pre-conference workshops (PDI). Plan to join us!
11. Watch in mid-January 2020 for the registration announcement!
Final plans for the 2020 Conference are shaping up. Watch in mid-January for the on-line registration announcement!
CHAPLAINCY NEWS, EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTS
12. Registration is now open for the 2020 NACC webinar series!
You can now register for the 2020 NACC webinar series! The series comprises 11 webinars, plus free webinars on Certification with the NACC, Renewal of Certification, and Certification of Associate Chaplains with the NACC. Details of each of the webinars and information on how to register for them are available on our website: https://www.nacc.org/education-resources/nacc-webinars-and-audio-conferences/.
For NACC members the registration fee for each individual webinar is $40 per connection for the live sessions or $40 to purchase access to the recordings. There is a special rate of $20 per webinar for those who have NACC student membership. For non-members the registration fee is $55 per connection for the live sessions or $55 to purchase access to the recordings. We are offering a special package that includes all of our regular January – December 2020 webinars at a discounted rate of $340 for NACC members ($170 for NACC student members) and $450 for non-members.
To register online and pay by credit card, please visit the registration page by clicking on this LINK. NACC student members wishing to register online should use the following special link: STUDENTS. If you prefer to register using a paper registration form and pay by check, a downloadable registration form can be accessed at this LINK.
NOTE: All of the NACC webinars are recorded, and online access to the recordings is made available to all registrants. If you cannot participate live, you still have the opportunity to enhance your learning (and earn CEHs) by means of the recordings.
13. Register now for the first of our 2020 series webinars – it is not too late!
Thursday, January 16, 2020. Caring for Survivors of Domestic Violence: You Can Make A Difference! presented by Kristin B. Godlin, MDiv, STM, MPH, BCC.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience violence by an intimate partner. While many of them will seek medical care, few will receive evidence-based interventions by trained chaplains. This session will examine the empirical research surrounding domestic violence, the ways in which women use religion to cope with violence, and the ways in which chaplains can intervene to help the survivors they serve.
As a result of this webinar, participants will:
- Become familiar with research literature surrounding domestic violence.
- Learn to assess for abuse in patient visits.
- Learn how domestic violence affects survivors’ religion/spirituality.
- Learn interventions for promoting the spiritual, mental, and physical health of survivors.
Rev. Kristin Godlin, MDiv, STM, MPH, BCC is a Transforming Chaplaincy fellow, hospital chaplain, and doctoral student at the University of Illinois. The focus of her graduate work is on the relationship between religious coping and mental health in survivors of domestic violence. She has twice spoken at national conferences about her current research, “Predictors of Post-traumatic Growth in Survivors of Domestic Violence”. Her continued commitment to the empowerment of survivors has been recognized in her local community where she has also received the Fred S. Bailey Fellowship for Community Leadership, Service, and Activism.
To register online and pay by credit card for this webinar, or for any other NACC 2020 regular series webinar, please visit the registration page by clicking on this LINK. NACC Student members wishing to register online should use the following special link: STUDENTS. If you prefer to register using a paper registration form and pay by check, a downloadable registration form can be accessed at this LINK. Information about our 2020 webinars can be found at the following link: 2020 webinars.
14. Don’t miss this special 3-part February NACC webinar series on “Her Smile Is Enough for Me: Critical Care Pediatric Chaplaincy”, presented by Jim Manzardo and Glenda Spearman.
This case-based three-part webinar series builds on the presentation “Her Smile Is Enough for Me: Critical Care Pediatric Chaplaincy”, given at the 2019 NACC National Conference, and is a response to both positive feedback and requests for more specific interventions. The presenters will describe the pediatric patients’ world through the developmental spectrum, the parents/caregivers’ world, and the healthcare providers’ world and ways the chaplain assesses and responds to the breadth of situations and needs.
Jim Manzardo, BCC is a chaplain at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where he has worked for the past two years in the pediatric intensive care unit. Previously, he was the primary chaplain for the Hematology-Oncology-Stem Cell Transplant service for nineteen years. He also has been part of the Palliative Care and Ethics teams and is a facilitator of a nursing transitions program for new nurses during their first year of nursing. Jim also has been incorporating mindfulness meditation into the hospital environment.
Glenda R. Spearman, MDiv, BCC, is currently a Senior Staff Chaplain at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital) where she has served since 2000. Glenda was board certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in 2008. Glenda coordinates the Minister of Care volunteers who bring Communion to the Catholic patient families at Lurie Children’s. Glenda has been Primary Chaplain for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the past ten years. Glenda facilitates the hospital’s Schwartz Rounds, and is a member of the hospital-wide Bereavement Committee, and Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Glenda is part of the Spiritual Care Chaplain Team who provides Mindfulness Meditation to staff. Glenda coordinates the annual televised Christmas visit by the Cardinal to the hospital’s patient families. In October 2017, Glenda was awarded the Bishop Quarter Award by Chicago’s Blasé Cardinal Cupich for the many years of ministry as a pediatric hospital Chaplain, especially to the Catholic patient families.
Participant cost for these three sessions is $75 for NACC members, $90 for non-members, which includes all three sessions. A special rate of $30 is available to NACC retired and student members. This series will provide 4.5 CEH’s.
The three sessions will take place on the following dates:
- Wednesday, February 19 (12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Central Time)
- Wednesday, February 26 (12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Central Time)
- Wednesday, March 4 (12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Central Time)
For further details, including information on how to register for this webinar series, please click on the following link: REGISTER.
15. The NACC is offering a free webinar: Preparing Our People to Provide Pastoral Care: NACC Partners in Pastoral Care. Register now!
On Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. Central Time), Harry Dudley, DMin, and David Lichter, DMin will present a free webinar on the topic of Preparing Our People to Provide Pastoral Care: NACC Partners in Pastoral Care.
In October 2016, the NACC, with the support of a Raskob Family Foundation Grant, first convened leaders from several Catholic ministry associations and USCCB to explore where pastoral care is being provided, and what competencies are needed for individuals to provide pastoral care in diverse settings, such as homebound, prison/corrections/detention centers, senior care or other facilities. Since then, our Partners in Pastoral Care have teamed with the NACC to develop many resources for pastoral care preparation with plans for more: https://www.nacc.org/about-nacc/partners-in-pastoral-care/. This free NACC webinar aims to introduce this Partners in Pastoral Care initiative, and the current resources and future plans for pastoral care preparation.
- NACC members
- Diocesan pastoral care formation leaders
- Permanent diaconate formation leaders
- Lay formation program leaders
- Graduate theological school leaders
- All ministers working in diverse pastoral care settings, including homecare, senior care, correctional and prison settings
As a result of this webinar, participants will:
- Learn the background and purpose of the Partners in Pastoral Care Initiative
- Gain an understanding of its current resources and how to utilize them
- Come to know the plans for future resources
- Learn how to become a partner in this national initiative
About the Presenters
Harry Dudley, DMin, with his wife, Pat, heads Ambulans Vobiscum Consulting that helps non-profits and churches develop curriculum, leaders and formation for service. Harry was the first to hold the role of the Director for Certification of Ecclesial Ministry for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in the Secretariat for Catholic Education. He has a lifetime of experience and expertise in the formation of men and women for ministry. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition. He received the 2019 NACC Outstanding Colleague Award and has been a key partner in the development of the Partners in Pastoral Care Initiative.
David Lichter, DMin, has been Executive Director of the NACC since 2007, and has helped shepherd this Partners in Pastoral Care initiative from its outset. He also serves on the Catholic Health Association Pastoral Care Advisory Committee and on the Steering Committee of the Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition.
Although this webinar is offered at no charge, you are requested to register so that we can send you the access information. You can register online at this LINK. Alternatively, please complete the form below, and mail it to the national office: Pamela Jones, NACC, 4915 S Howell Avenue, Suite 501 Milwaukee, WI 53207.
16. NACC Local Events
- Tucson, Arizona
On February 6, 2020, the NACC is hosting a gathering of area chaplains at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona. Bonnie J. McCulley, LPC, Ch.T., BCC will present on the topic of “Gravitate to the Highest Energy”. Based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown’s best-selling book, Daring Greatly, we will explore how developing shame resilience, understanding trust, and practicing vulnerability can grow the connection we have to others, to ourselves and in God. NACC Executive Director David Lichter will be in attendance and will inform participants about trends and movements in professional chaplaincy. For further information and details on how to register, please use this LINK.
17. Save the Date! – Chaplain Learning & Networking Luncheon at AAHPM Annual Assembly – San Diego, CA – March 18, 2020
“Taking the Lead in Difficult Conversations” – Rev. Katy Hyman, MDiv, BCC, VitalTalk Faculty & Program Coordinator for Palliative Care at Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center in Long Beach, CA
“Nurturing the Future of Palliative Care & Hospice Chaplaincy” – Discussion led by Chaplain Allison Kestenbaum, BCC, ACPE, Sojourns Scholar, UC San Diego Health
18. 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: Marybeth Harmon, Fr. Art Schute, Kathi Schaaf (Sister of Sr. Charlene Schaaf CDP who recently died and for Sr. Charlene and her family), Nolan (4-year-old grandson of member Dale Recinella), Fr. Jim Radde, SJ, Isabelita Boquiren, Susan Balling, Jim and Frances Castello.
19. 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.
PART TIME CHAPLAIN POSITION
Oakland, CA – MERCY Retirement and Care Center
MISSION & SPIRITUAL CARE DIRECTOR
Brainerd, MN – Essentia Health
FULLTIME STAFF CHAPLAIN
Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital
ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST CHAPLAIN
Boston, Massachusetts – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
FOUNDING CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATOR/FACULTY POSITION
Baton Rouge, LA – Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
Kalamazoo and Grand Blanc, MI – Ascension
PASTORAL CARE CHAPLAIN
Adrian, Michigan – The Adrian Dominican Sisters
FULL-TIME STAFF CHAPLAIN
La Crosse, WI – Gundersen Lutheran Health System
PASTORAL CARE STAFF MEMBER
Peoria, IL – OSF HealthCare