Issue #214 – January 4, 2016
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(Items marked with a * are new or updated items)
1. Executive Director’s Reflection
2. Welcome to our new NACC members who joined us in December!
3. Death of former NACC member, Sister Joelise Restle, SSND
4. We are setting 2016 dates for networking calls. Would you like to be included?
5. Have you seen our NEW website?
NACC – 50 YEARS OF CONTINUING THE HEALING MINISTRY
6. We are preparing online editions of the ministry stories and NACC history
2016 NATIONAL CONFERENCE APRIL 22-25, 2016
7. Mark your calendars for the NACC 2016 National Conference: April 22-25, 2016!
8. Registration Brochures for the NACC 2016 Conference have been sent out!
9. Conference Registration and Payment Options
10. Roommate Referral Service
11. Preconference Day of Reflection will provide time for reflection and renewal.
CHAPLAINCY NEWS, EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTS
12. Sign up today for NACC webinars in January and February 2016!
13. NACC 2016 Local Gathering
14. Some helpful resources for ministering to the non-religious
15. Resources for Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy that opened on December 8, 2015!
16. Other Educational Opportunities
17. Healing Tree: a request for prayers
18. Recent job postings
Executive Director’s Reflection*
So how do I enter 2016? How will I look at the year? What will I seek to view differently? Will I seek a new set of eyes? What will I be looking for? These are some of the questions that arose within me as we commemorated the feast of the Epiphany yesterday.
Were you also struck by the many “visual” references that were present in yesterday’s readings from Isaiah 60 and Matthew 2?
See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples;
but upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory… Raise your eyes and look about… Then you shall be radiant at what you see… (Isaiah 60: 1-60)
“… behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem… We saw his star at its rising… behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them… They were overjoyed at seeing the star… and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. (Matthew 2: 1-12)
Perhaps, this feast of the Epiphany is an apt reminder of how important our eyes of faith must be day in and day out. I realize how easily I can become narrow-sighted or too predictable in what I might expect. This feast of the Epiphany is a call for fresh eyes and perspectives.
One of my favorite quotes of Charles de Foucauld is: “The moment I realized that God existed, I knew that I could not do otherwise than to live for him alone . . . Faith strips the mask from the world and reveals God in everything. It makes nothing impossible and renders meaningless such words as anxiety, danger, and fear, so that the believer goes through life calmly and peacefully, with profound joy – like a child, hand in hand with his mother.”
It is a challenging quote, is it not? Does my faith “strip the mask from the world and reveal God in everything?” Is that how I view each event of each day? I know I seek to feed myself with fresh perspectives through reflective reading and quiet prayer. I know I try to approach each day as a new day, and to view each day, my responsibilities, and my relationships with new eyes. Some days it is very challenging.
However, are we not grateful for the gift of faith that unmasks all that is not of God, and leaves us a bit unsettled because of our new perspective? Perhaps that gift is experienced a bit like T.S. Eliot’s last lines of his Journey of the Magi: We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,/But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,/With an alien people clutching their gods. Perhaps this is part of the gift of faith for our 2016, seeing things that leave us “no longer at ease here” because our new eyes of faith have helped us see beyond what we took for granted but in some way weighed us down spiritually and we did not recognize it, and now we do.
I pray that 2016 will lead each of us on a magi journey to help us see, raise our eyes, look about, be radiant at what we see.
Blessings on your 2016!
David Lichter, D.Min.
Welcome to our new NACC members who joined us in December!*
Please join me in welcoming our new NACC members who joined us in December 2015!
Fr. Eduardo J. Gabriel OP (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Felix U. Anyikwa (Lubbock, Texas)
Rev. Jean S. Bruno (Saint Albans, New York)
Ms. Nancy E. Forrester (Bluffton, South Carolina)
Mr. Edward J. Jahnke (Marshfield, Wisconsin)
Ms. Kathleen V. Kaczor (Lake Oswego, Oregon)
Jennifer Cobb (Chesterfield, Missouri)
Mr. Scott A. McConnaha (Plymouth, Wisconsin)
Ms. Berlotte Antoine (Brooklyn, New York)
Ms. Amy E. Chabot (Coon Rapids, Minnesota)
Mrs. Kris R. Fitzgerald-Rohr (Broomfield, Colorado)
Mrs. Jennifer J. Onuoha (Paducah, Kentucky)
Dr. Don A. Oyao (Benica, California)
Death of former NACC member, Sister Joelise Restle, SSND*
We have been notified that our former NACC Member, Sister Joelise Restle, SSND, died on Dec. 22, 2015, at the age of 89. Sr. Joelise joined NACC in 1981 and was certified in 1983. We are grateful to her for her years of chaplaincy ministry, and may God grant her the fullness of Peace. www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?n=joelise-restle&pid=177036749
We are setting 2016 dates for networking calls. Would you like to be included?*
We are in the process of setting early 2016 networking calls for the following groups. If you have not been part of these networking calls and would now like to participate in any of these calls, please contact Tim Charek (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bilingual Hispanic Latino
Directors of Spiritual Care Departments
45 and Under
Long Term Care
Mission Leaders in Charge of Spiritual Care
Chaplains with Nursing Background
One Person Departments
Palliative Care and Hospice
Research Journal Calls
Scheduled NACC networking calls in January, 2016
Email notices have been sent to members that are on the specific networking call lists.
If you would like to participate or have not received an email for these or other networking calls, please contact Tim Charek (email@example.com).
- Tuesday, January 12, at 2:00 p.m. Central Time — NACC Retired/Emeritus Members
- Thursday, January 14, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time — NACC Retired/Emeritus Members
- Wednesday, January 20, at 11:00 a.m. Central Time – Deacon Members
- Thursday, January 21, at 9:00 a.m. Central Time – Chaplains in Outpatient Settings
- Thursday, January 21, at 2:00 p.m. Central Time – Chaplains with Nursing Backgrounds
- Thursday, January 28, at 11:00 a.m. Central Time – Palliative Care/Hospice Setting
Have you seen our NEW website?
We are excited to announce the launch of our new website! If you haven’t already, please visit today at www.nacc.org!
We are still in the process of bringing pages and materials over from the old website so don’t be discouraged if you run into a missing page or item. We plan to have everything in place and working correctly by the end of the year, but until then, please use the search function, look for a likely place using the navigation menus, or ask for help (see below).
Our webmaster welcomes feedback about the site of any kind, as well as reports of missing items and broken links. You can send notes to Phil Paradowski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also contact him if you need help locating a resource or page from the old website.
A note on member login and credentials…
Please note that the former login system for Member Pages on the old website has been completely removed. NACC members will now use the new Web Portal to perform all member activities online: paying dues, registering for local events or the national conference, updating member information, and accessing any protected member-only content. To visit the NACC Members’ Web Portal, go to https://nationalcatholicwiassoc.wliinc32.com/Portal/PortalStartPage.aspx. Your username will be your membership number OR email address. Contact Phil for login assistance or follow the directions on the website.
NACC – 50 YEARS OF CONTINUING THE HEALING MINISTRY
We are preparing online editions of the ministry stories and NACC history
Throughout 2015, NACC Now included in each issue a vignette of NACC history, and an NACC member’s reflection on chaplaincy ministry. We are in the process of compiling the reflections on ministry and the NACC historical moments into two separate PDF documents that will be placed on our website for your reading and use. We hope you find them helpful. We believe the ministry reflections document will be a very helpful resource for those who wonder what chaplaincy ministry is like and can serve as an inspirational tool for those considering chaplaincy.
2016 NATIONAL CONFERENCE APRIL 22-25, 2016
Mark your calendars for April 22-25, 2016, for the NACC 2016 National Conference!
Please mark your calendars for our 2016 NACC National Conference to be held Friday, April 22, to Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare near Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
Registration Brochures for the NACC 2016 Conference have been sent out!
The 2016 Conference registration flyer has been mailed out. If you haven’t received it yet, please contact the NACC office (email@example.com) and let us know so we can mail you one. Please note the new format for the registration brochure. Rather than the traditional full registration brochure, we have moved to a streamlined registration flyer. This flyer contains much of the key information regarding our 2016 conference, and all other detailed information (like workshop descriptions) will be found on the NACC website. The conference webpages are a “one-stop shop” for all conference-related information. Can’t find something you are looking for? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions section on the website OR email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
Conference Registration and Payment Options
There are three options for registering and paying for the Conference.
- Register online using the registration portal and pay with Visa or MasterCard.
- Register online using the registration portal and indicate you wish to be billed and will mail your payment.
- Register by completing a paper registration form and mail the form with your payment (check/money order) to the NACC office.
Roommate Referral Service
The NACC is pleased to again facilitate a Roommate Referral Service. Follow the link below to find out how to submit your information and get onto the list. We will send you a list of potential roommates. It will be up to you to contact individuals on the list to discuss the suitability of rooming together. The last date that names will be accepted is Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
To sign up for Roommate Referral click here.
Preconference Day of Reflection will provide time for reflection and renewal.
On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the preconference Day of Reflection will take place at the Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center in Techny, IL. The theme will be In the Making: A Spirituality of Creation, Call, and Engagement and will be led by Monica Meagher, MDiv. Please plan on joining your colleagues for this day. For more information go to: www.nacc.org/conference/day-of-reflection.
CHAPLAINCY NEWS, EDUCATION, PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTS
Sign up today for NACC webinars in January and February 2016!*
As you know, on December 8, 2015 the Catholic Church entered the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Given that you will be asked to help interpret this Jubilee of Mercy in your various pastoral settings, we thought it would be helpful to devote a webinar to the main themes of this Jubilee Year and explore their implications for our spiritual care ministry. In his Misericordiae Vultu, the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy and other writings, Pope Francis provides us rich teachings on mercy. Felipe Legarreta will share some of these insights, and potential implications for our chaplaincy ministry.
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Central Time, What does the Jubilee Year of Mercy and Pope Francis’ insights of mercy have to offer our chaplaincy ministry? Presented by Felipe de J. Legarreta, PhD. To register online, please click on this LINK.
We are pleased that Felipe de J. Legarreta, PhD, Clinical Instructor, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago, is able to be our presenter. Felipe has been offering presentations on this theme in the greater Chicagoland area, and is in the process also of preparing his materials for board certification with NACC. To learn more about Felipe Legarreta go to: blogs.luc.edu/ips/faculty-profile-felipe-legarreta-castillo/
One of our new NACC Standards for Certification that will be implemented beginning with the February 15, 2017, Application Deadline is: 305:7 Articulate how primary research and research literature inform the profession of chaplaincy and one’s spiritual care practice. How do we prepare ourselves for this standard?
The research enterprise creates well over one million new articles annually. In any given health specialty profession, this could mean needing to keep up with tens of thousands of articles a year! Although the number of evidence-based chaplaincy articles published each year is still manageable, the task of keeping up can easily get out of hand if one adds searching the medical, nursing, social work, and other related professional literatures for studies that are relevant to providing spiritual care. What’s a chaplain to do?
This webinar is designed to provide chaplain viewers/listeners a strategy for learning how to find relevant research literature and to quickly peruse even the most complex published articles in a way that allows for a basic understanding of the purpose, methods, and findings of any study. A brief review of the basic understanding of types of research approaches will lay the groundwork for beginning inquirers. This is followed by a presentation on how to find and access research articles. Lastly, a “speed reading” method used by many physicians to keep up with the literature will be presented.
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Central Time. How to Speed Read a Research Article: A Beginner’s Guide to Research Literacy, Presented by LaVera Crawley, MD, MPH
Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify the differences between types of research approaches (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods)
- Identify strategies for accessing research literature (introduction to literature databases and other strategies) and finding research articles relevant to chaplaincy or spiritual care (introduction to search strategies)
- Use a method for “speed reading” research articles (understanding how research literature is structured to allow for quickly gleaning the gist of an article).
We are pleased that LaVera Crawley, MD, MPH, will be able to conduct this webinar. LaVera joined NACC in 2011 and is an ACPE Supervisory Candidate. She has served on the NACC Research Task Force and is now on the NACC Research Advisory Panel. For more than 30 years, LaVera has had successful careers in medicine and ethics, and academic research in health disparities in end-of-life care for which she received national and international recognition. LaVera received her MD from Meharry Medical College; completed her Family Medicine residency and chief residency at USCF; her MPH from UC Berkeley; an Ethics Fellowship at Stanford; and a Palliative Care Education Fellowship at Harvard. Along with her CPE supervisory work, she also serves on the Palliative Care Team at the Alta Bates Campus. As a Catholic lay woman, LaVera is active in the social justice programs in her parish.
To register online, please click on this LINK.
NACC 2016 Local Gathering*
We have begun planning NACC local events for 2016. If you would like to consider hosting and helping plan an NACC local event during 2016, please contact Andris Kursietis (email@example.com)
• Thursday, February 11, 2016, San Antonio, TX – Watch for details.
Some helpful resources for ministering to the non-religious*
There is available, as “open access” articles, a three-part series on ministering to the non-religious person. The series is authored by Mary Martha Thiel, Sara Paasche-Orlow, and Mary Redner Robinson. The series titles are:
1. Part One: Spiritual Care for the Non Religious
2. Part Two: Teaching Spiritual Care of the Non Religious
3. Part Three: Spiritual Care of American “Jews of No Religion”
They can be accessed at plainviews.healthcarechaplaincy.org.
Resources for Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy that opens tomorrow, December 8, 2015!
Tomorrow, December 8, 2015, the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy begins, ending on Sunday, November 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King. Please go the Vatican website to the Jubilee Year’s wonderful website with many resources. www.im.va/content/gdm/en.html. Those resources include:
• Pope Francis Prayer for Mercy. www.im.va/content/gdm/en/giubileo/preghiera.html
• The vibrant logo, rich with meaning. www.im.va/content/gdm/en/giubileo/logo.html
Also, rich in content was Pope Francis’ Papal Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Misericordia Vultus, promulgated April 11, 2015.
A summary of Misericordia Vultus can be found at:
NACC will also be hosting its first 2016 webinar on Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:00-1:30 p.m., on Pope Francis’ Jubilee theme of Mercy and its implications for our spiritual care ministry.
Other Educational Opportunities*
We recently received notice of the following educational offering. Please see the NACC Website for other educational offerings.
- Gonzaga University offers online Master of Arts in Theology & Leadership with Scholarship Opportunities: Gonzaga University’s Online Master of Arts in Theology & Leadership (MATL) program forms leaders equipped to serve in a variety of community and ecclesial positions. Whether students are already in a ministry or mission-oriented position, are interested in moving into this type of vocation, or just want to understand the spiritual dimensions of professional life in a theological way, the Master of Arts in Theology and Leadership brings theological reflection and leadership formation together. For more information go to https://online.gonzaga.edu/masters-theology-leadership.
- Spring 2016 special course offerings at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago include Theologies of Suffering” with Dr. David Lichter (online) and “Mindfulness and Pastoral Ministry” with Dr. Timone Davis (Cuneo Mansion—Vernon Hills). For a full list of online course offerings click here.
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: Albert Rinaldi, Maritza Ramos-Pratt, Jane Chiamaka Onuoha (very young baby of our NACC member Michael Onuoha), Kathleen (Kate) Sullivan, Sandy Tiefenbrun (spouse of Anita Barni), Marie Coglianese, Nancy and Sheila Amrich (nieces-in-law of NACC member Sr. Paracleta Amrich), Isabelita Boquiren, Diana Annunziato (Mother-in-law of NACC staffer Jeanine Annunziato), Sister Patricia Watkins, GNSH, Rev. Gerald U. Onuoha, David Markiewicz (grandson of recently deceased NACC member Roberta Markiewicz), Sister Stephanie Morales, FMI, Marybeth Harmon, Renato Fallico, Susan Balling, Maria Meneses, Chaplain Julia Mary Sweeney (mourning the death of her sister, Margaret Maureen Lewis, BA Honors), Sr. Sheila Prendeville, CPPS, Sister M. Dianna Hell, Sister Maria Theresa Hronec, Betty and Louis Skonieczny, Jim Castello, Jeff Michel (brother-in-law of David Lichter), Thomas from Chicago (12 years old), Thomas Smiley (brother of member Diane Smiley), Marga Halala, Donn Renfro (son-in-law of Karen Pugliese), Amy in Atlanta (friend of NACC member Theresa Sullivan), Thomas (grandson of NACC member Ginny Grimes Allen), Beth from Boston (friend of NACC member Dana Sandlin), Sr. Janet Bielmann, Elizabeth A. Walsh, Francesco Marshall, Glenn and Pat Teske, Susan Murphy, Fr. Jim Radde, SJ, Sr. Mary Clare Boland, SP, Sr. Phyllis Ann DiRenzo, Kathy Brier (daughter of NACC member Theresa Brier), Gloria Troxler, Fr. Kevin Ikpah, and Kelly Elizabeth Sexton (daughter of NACC member Melyssa Sexton).
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.
DIRECTOR OF PASTORAL CARE
Topeka, Kansas – Stormont-Vail HealthCare
Rockford, Illinois – Presence Life Connections
Saint Louis, Missouri – SSM Saint Louis University Hospital
Olympia, Washington – Providence Health & Services
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Ketchikan, Alaska – PeaceHealth’s Ketchikan Medical Center
SACRAMENTAL PRIEST CHAPLAIN
Austin, Texas – Seton Healthcare
Joliet, Illinois – Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center
CPE Residency & SES
La Crosse, Wisconsin – Gundersen Health System