ATFE Update - January 29, 2021
I hope each of you have had a blessed Christmas. Even in the midst of all that we are facing as a world, we find the hope and joy of Christ's incarnation in the midst of little moments everyday. I hope you have been able to relax and retreat a little in order to attune your heart to this incredible Joy.
One of the silver linings of this pandemic has been the effort on the part of all of you to gather monthly to encourage one another, to share best practices and to build community. It has been lovely getting to know some of you a little better through our monthly zooms. Fr. Andy, Carolyn and I look forward to gathering with you regularly in the new year too!
In place of our January gathering we are encouraging everyone to gather for the Virtual Mini-Biennial that ATFE is hosting on January 29th. The ATFE leadership team has put together a great series of conversations on "Reconfiguring ATFE for the next 75 years." I hope you will be able to join us for this gathering. Information on the event and registration links are provided below. As chair of the Research & Publications committee for ATFE, I am hosting one of the break out rooms at the end of the day, so I look forward to meeting up with any of you that are able to at that smaller conversation.
Our February gathering will take place on the afternoon of February 19th. More details will come later in January.
Again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope you can join us on January 29th. Peace, Chrissy Zaker
Another Virtual CATFE Meeting - December 4, 2020 at 12PM (EST)
Tuesday, January 29: Arrive at Crowne Plaza, Asheville/ Casual CATFE dinner
Wednesday, January 30:
10-12 CATFE Input Session (Zoom teleconferencing available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for link)
12-1 Lunch in meeting room
1-3 CATFE Business Meeting (Zoom teleconferencing available. Contact email@example.com for link)
3-5:30 ATFE New FE Workshop
5:30-6 All about ATFE
6-7 ATFE Reception
7-8:30 ATFE Opening
8:30 Dessert Buffet
Thursday, January 31
9:15 ATFE Plenary Session
10:30 Table Discussions 12 11 Lunch and ATFE Business Meeting
1:45 Session with Christina Zaker (CTU) on FE as “Field Hospital” or other options
3:15 Session with ATS New Accreditation – most of our schools are also under ATS
5PM Depart for Tour of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. followed by Catholic Caucus Dinner
Here ends CATFE/AFTE though there are two more days of talks, including our own Daniel Rhodes (Loyola, Chicago) on Saturday Morning.
Young Adult American Catholics by Maureen Day
As per her announcement at the 2018 CATFE Conference in Camarillo, Maureen Day from Franciscan School of Theology, CA has finished her book on Young Adult American Catholics. Here is the link:
There was quite a bit of interest in this topic and its influence on those we are currently teaching in ministry. Check it out.
Catholic Chaplaincy Question from Michael Skaggs, PhD
Project Manager, Department of Sociology Brandeis University
Im writing on the advice of Fr. David Endres in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, of whom I had originally asked these questions. He suggested CATFE would be in a position to offer some thoughts on the project I’m currently pursuing.
I’m an ND grad currently working with a faculty member at Brandeis University on some projects involving chaplaincy, understood in as broad of terms as possible. We’re pretty familiar with what other denominations are doing but we have zero idea what’s going on in Catholic education as far as preparing people specifically for chaplaincy roles (hospitals, prison, military, etc.), whether lay or clergy. Might you know anything about this / people involved / etc.? We’ve got a huge map showing all the chaplaincy training programs around the country, but there’s a glaring lack of Catholic institutions. It’s my understanding that there is some training in chaplaincy-type work for seminarians, but unless I’m mistaken it’s not usually with the idea that a priest will be assigned immediately to full-time chaplaincy upon ordination. I suppose the summary of all of this is: what is the current state of training for chaplaincy in American Catholicism?
A huge question, to be sure, but I appreciate anything you might be able to offer in response!
Michael Skaggs, PhD
Project Manager, Department of Sociology
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453
CATFE Biennial at St. John's Seminary, CA - January 25-27, 2018
Twenty-three members of CATFE gathered at St. John's Seminary in 2018. The Keynotes on Current Context in the Church were offered by St. John's Rector, Msgr. Marc V. Trudeau and Dr. Christina Zaker of CTU. Later that day there was a Panel Discussion: Current Contexts for Young Adult Catholics and Discerners including the following guests from the Los Angeles Archdiocese:
- Sr. Jennifer Zimmerman, SND – USC Catholic Ctr., Campus Minister of Spiritual Life
- Fr. Jonathan Meyer – Newly Ordained and New Formator at Queen of Angels Center for Seminary Formation
- Mr. Jason Coito – Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
At the CATFE Business Meeting I we discussed the following, a rich interchange that made us realize how valuable this group is and can be in the future:
- Who do we want to be as a body? What is the CATFE vision? Goals? (i.e., Ratio Fundamentalis contribution to PPF, Catholic Publishing, etc.)
In the evening of the first day we visited Casa Pacifica, one of the FE Placements for St. John's seminarians. This institute works with highly at-risk children and families: https://casapacifica.org.
The second day of the Biennial included the following three discussions:
- Evangelization, Spiritual Pastoral Ministry (CPE) and Teaching Parish Program: Rev. Allen Kuss and Sr. Charlotte Berres, CSJ, St. Paul Seminary
- Supervision and Evaluation Consultation: Kathleen Castillo, Christ the King, NY, facilitator
- Assessment Consultation: Msgr. Marc Trudeau and Sr. Mary Leanne Hubbard, facilitators
At the CATFE Business Meeting II we discussed Membership, Leadership and Finance Update The conclusion of the conference was a trip to Ventura and a tour and hospitality at San Buenaventura Mission.