Topic: General Announcements

Media Coverage of CMSM National Assembly

The 2018 CMSM National Assembly and Pre-Assembly Workshop were featured in articles by the St. Louis Review and the National Catholic Reporter:

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Fr. Frank Donio, SAC, joins National Board

Rev. Frank Donio, SAC

Pallottine Father Frank Donio was elected to the National Board of CMSM as an at-large member during the organization’s 2018 National Assembly, July 31-August 3, in St. Louis, Missouri. Three other Board members were re-elected for second terms: Fr. Jim Gannon, OFM; Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ; and Bro. Sean Moffett, CFC.

Fr. Mark Padrez, OP, president of CMSM, and Bro. Larry Schatz, FSC, recognize Fr. Brian Terry, SA, as he concludes his term as president.

Dominican Father Mark Padrez, who has served as president-elect for the past year, was installed as president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men during an August 2 Mass. He succeeds Father Brian Terry, SA.

This year’s National Assembly focused on young adults and discernment, in preparation for the Synod on Young People. Speakers included Tulsa Bishop David Konderla; Curtis Martin, the founder of FOCUS; and a lively discussion panel with Jesuit Father Tom Gaunt, president of CARA; Dr. Mary Hess of Luther Seminary; and three young adults: Br. Javier Hansen, FSC, Andrew Paulsen, a high school teacher in Newark, and Brian Miller of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Marist Brother Sean Sammon facilitated the panel and Assembly.

Participants also heard from Fr. Joseph Brown, SJ, professor of Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University, who challenged religious in a luncheon talk on racial justice and religious institutes. On August 1, nearly 50 participants gathered with local clergy, activists and young adults at St. Alphonsus “Rock” Church in N. St. Louis for a racial justice dialogue and prayer.

The week concluded with a Mass celebrated by St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

Jesuits Beatification Cause & Franciscan Martyrs

The beatification process for Servant of God Pedro Arrupe, SJ, is moving ahead, Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa announced this week. Father Arrupe served as superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1965-1983 and 15 years as president of the Union of Religious Superiors General (1967-1982). Father Arrupe was the master of novices at the Jesuit novitiate in Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb. Read more about Father Arrupe and the status of the beatification effort here.

Georgia Martyrs

In Georgia, Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., is promoting the cause of the Georgia Martyrs, five Franciscan friars who served in the Spanish missions along the Georgia coast until being killed in a local uprising in 1597.

The diocese launched a new website this year to promote their cause. The cause for their beatification was opened in 1984 and the documentation sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints by Bishop Hartmayer’s predecessor, Bishop Kevin Boland, in 2007. Bishop Hartmayer will visit the Congregation in September to provide an update on promotion efforts.


National Assembly Update: Vatican Releases Synod Document; Hotel Deadline

The Vatican released the working document for the  Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment on June 19 (in Italian). The document has three primary sections: recognizing, interpreting and choosing with regard to vocation in life.

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri introduced the working document, noting, “The Synod’s primary aim is to make the whole Church aware of her important and not at all optional task of accompanying every young person, without exclusion, towards the joy of love; secondly, by taking this mission seriously, the Church herself will be able to reacquire a renewed youthful dynamism; thirdly, it is also important for the Church to take this opportunity to carry out vocational discernment, so as to rediscover how she can best respond today to the call to be the soul, light, salt and leaven of our world.”

News Coverage: Catholic News Service | National Catholic Reporter

Hotel Deadline is July 6

If you are attending the Pre-Assembly Workshop and/or National Assembly, reserve your hotel room by July 6 to get our special conference rate of $135/night and to guarantee a room. “Youth & Religious Leadership Together: Discerning in Missionary Discipleship,” is July 31-Aug. 3, in St. Louis, Missouri. Learn more here. If you have questions, please contact Susan Gibbs.

Catholic Apostolate Center and Fr. Frank Donio Receive Award

Frank Donio received award

The Catholic Apostolate Center and its Director, Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C., were honored with the Gaudium et Spes Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM) on June 1, 2018 at an awards luncheon jointly hosted by NALM and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL). The awards luncheon took place during the 2018 conference hosted by NALM, NCCL, and the Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics.

Fr. Frank is a consultant to CMSM’s formation committee and he and the Catholic Apostolate Center are strategic partners with CMSM.

The Gaudium et Spes Award recognizes an outstanding individual or organization for promoting understanding of the Church in the world according to the vision of Vatican II. It is the highest honor that the association can bestow. Although the award has been given eighteen times since its inception in 1989, NALM has only recognized an individual and an organization together once before.

Fr. Frank and the Center were chosen for this award because of the extensive collaboration they engage in through his ministry as a Pallottine priest and the work of the Center. The Center was recognized for its ability to provide extensive resources to individuals and ministries so that many can revive faith, rekindle charity, and form apostles.

Read Fr. Frank’s remarks on accepting the award here.

Franciscan Friars Vote to Recommend One U.S. Province

Franciscan Friars gathering


by Jim McIntosh

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Voicing their support for the revitalization of Franciscan life in the US, six provinces of the Order of Friars Minor have voted to form one new organization.

On May 30, the friars of each of the six provinces voted at meetings in their communities to support the formation of one new organization. It will comprise the almost 1,000 Catholic Franciscan friars belonging to the existing six provinces – both brothers and priests – and will be headquartered in a yet-to-be-determined location.

“The other provincial ministers and I are delighted with the outcome of the vote,” said Friar David Gaa, OFM, provincial minister of St. Barbara Province. “This is an important step in the process of revitalizing Franciscan life in the United States.”

The Franciscan friars of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province (based in Franklin, Wisc.), Holy Name Province (headquartered on 31st Street in New York City), Our Lady of Guadalupe Province (Albuquerque, N.M.), Sacred Heart Province (St. Louis, Mo.), St. Barbara Province (Oakland, Calif.), and St. John the Baptist Province (Cincinnati, Ohio) have been in dialogue about unifying their communities since 2012.

“The new entity will better serve the friars’ fraternal life and mission in the United States by making adjustments to the current administrative structure,” said Friar Jack Clark Robinson, OFM, the provincial minister of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province.

Like many other religious communities throughout the United States, the Franciscans are facing a reduction in its members. During the 1960s and 1970s, the number of Friars Minor in the United States peaked at 3,252, but today the numbers are down below 1,000 friars.

The reconfiguration will not happen immediately. The next step in the process is to obtain approval to unify from the Order’s minister general, Friar Michael Perry, OFM, who is based in Rome. Should he decide that such a reconfiguration would be helpful to Franciscan life and ministry, he will appoint a delegate to visit the friars in the United States. If his delegate’s report is favorable, it is expected that the process of reconfiguration will move forward.

Meanwhile, the process is continuing as issues of canon and civil law are resolved. Franciscan leaders expect that the new province will be officially formed in late 2022 or early 2023.

The worldwide Franciscan Order, founded in 1209 by St. Francis of Assisi, comprises brothers and priests who work in a variety of settings including parishes, schools, retreat centers, and social justice ministries. Today, St. Francis, whose feast day is Oct. 4, remains one of the most widely known saints, revered for his affection for nature and care for creation.

CMSM Executive Director Participates at 32nd General Assembly of the Canadian Religious Conference

Canadian Religious Conference 2018

From May 24 to 27, 2018, more than 250 religious leaders from some 240 Catholic congregations from across Canada and other partners, including Rev. John Pavlik, OFM Cap, CMSM Executive Director, attended the 32nd General Assembly of the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC). The theme of this edition, “The nights are laden with life. Watcher, what do you say?,” was developed by Elena Lasida, doctor in Social and Economic Sciences and professor at the Catholic Institute of Paris. Working for over 15 years in the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF), she has developed a reflection based on the encyclical Laudato Si’ on how sustainable development and a new economy might apply to the Canadian religious context.

For more information on the presentations as well as videos of Dr. Lasida’s presentations, visit the CRC website.

Pope Confirms Heroic Virtues of 12 Servants of God

Pope Francis smiling


Pope Francis has confirmed the heroic virtues of 12 Servants of God in a decree promulgated by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on May 19th.

The list of the 12 includes members of religious communities and institutes for consecrated life.

Here is the full list of decrees:

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God August Józef Hlond, of the Salesian Society of Saint John Bosco, archbishop of Gniezno and Warszawa, primate of Poland, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, founder of the Society of Christ for Emigrants; born on 5 July 1881 in Brzęczkowice, Poland, and died in Warszawa, Poland on 22 October 1948;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Miguel Angel Builes, bishop of Santa Rosa de Osos, founder of various religious Congregations; born in Antioquia, Colombia, on 9 September 1888 and died on 29 September 1971 in Medellín, Colombia;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Enrico Mauri, diocesan priest, founder of the Oblates of Christ the King; born in Bosisio Parini, Italy on 26 October 1883 and died in Sestri Levante, Italy, on 10 May 1967;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Jean-Baptiste Berthier, professed priest of the Institute of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette; founder of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Holy Family; born in Châtonnay, France on 24 February 1840 and died in Grave, Netherlands, on 16 October 1908;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Wilhelm Eberschweiler, professed priest of the Society of Jesus; born on 5 December 1837 in Püttlingen, Germany and died on 23 December 1921 in Exaten, Netherlands;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Pietro Uccelli, professed priest of the Pious Society of Saint Francis Xavier for the Foreign Missions (Xaverian Missionaries); born in Barco di Bibbiano, Italy, on 10 March 1874, and died in Vicenza, Italy on 29 October 1954;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Pio Dellepiane, professed priest of the Order of Minims; born in Genoa, Italy, on 4 January 1904, and died in Rome on 12 December 1976;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Norbert McAuliffe (né: John), professed religious of the Institute of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart; born in New York, United States of America, on 30 September 1886, and died in Alokolum, Uganda, on 3 July 1959;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Francesca of the Wounds of Christ (née: Coloma Antònia Martí y Valls), professed nun of the Second Order of Saint Francis of the Monastery of Divine Providence of Badalona; born in Badalona, Spain, on 26 June 1860 and died there on 4 June 1899;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Leonor of Saint Mary (née Isora Maria Ocampo), professed religious of the Order of Saint Dominic; born on 14 August 1841 in Cerro Famatina, Argentina, and died in Córdoba, Argentina, on 28 December 1900;

– the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Angela Maria of the Heart of Jesus (née Maria Cäcilia Autsch), of the Congregation of the Trinitarian Sisters of Valencia; born on 26 March 1900 in Röllecken, Germany, and died in the Birkenau concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland on 23 December 1944.

International Conference on Religious Life Held at Vatican

Nearly 700 people attended an international conference on consecrated life, held in Rome from May 3-6 by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL). Pope Francis addressed participants on May 4. His off-the-cuff remarks focused on the Holy Spirit and discernment. According to Catholic News Service, he said, “What are the things the Spirit wants to stay strong in consecrated life? Prayer, poverty and patience.”

Cardinal João Braz De Aviz, prefect of CICLSAL, gave the closing remarks.  According to Zenit, Cardinal De Aviz, said, “We need to keep journeying together, in a synodal manner, because the Holy Spirit speaks only where there is harmony of fraternal life.”


DeSales University Inaugurates Former CMSM President Rev. James Greenfield, OSFS, as 4th President

Rev. Jim Greenfield OSFS


On a very windy but joyful day in Center Valley, Pa. on April 4, 2018, DeSales University faculty, administrators, delegates from universities spanning several states, representatives from several religious communities and more gathered for the inauguration celebration as University alumnus and former CMSM President Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS formally began his tenure as the University’s fourth president. It was a joyful celebration for all, capped by Rev. Greenfield’s thoughtful and visionary inaugural address, which can be viewed in the video below.