2017 Annual Diocesan Synod
St. Thomas of Villanova Annual Diocesan Synod
August 12, 2017
Bp. Joseph Augustine, AIHM
Friar Thomas Gabriel, AIHM
Friar Shane Nicholas, AIHM
Dcn Melina Frame
Dcn Melina opened the meeting with prayer
The money currently in the account is from donations and Assessments.
It was discussed and decided that the Diocese will split the cost of web hosting with the Order, and this will come directly out of the budget instead of being paid privately.
Ministry/Parish assessments will remain at $25 for the year.
Discussed Vocations and Marketing
Boosting posts on social media
Focus on reaching out to women
Focus on our inclusiveness
Timing will be Christmas and Easter
A video will be assembled with stills and live action, perhaps even with an interview. This is will be shared to social media, our websites, and Karen L will post to a couple of listserves she is a part of.
Dcn Melina suggested selling handmade Rosaries through our website to help put money into the Diocesan fund. This was approved. Rosaries will be made and sent to Friar Shane for photographing and posting. Shipping will be handled directly from Friar Shane to facilitate ease.
Making a charitable donation was tabled for this year so we can work on building up our funds and our diocese.
We will discuss a mid-synod gathering to take place in March or April.
Discussed doing a fundraiser.
Bp. Joseph said he doesn’t want us doing two during the year (one for the diocese and one for the Order)
Will do a fundraiser with Booster, money will be split with the Order.
Changes were sent out to everyone via email a couple of months ago.
Bp. Joseph called for a vote
Friar Shane motioned,
Karen L seconded.
All were in favor, none against.
House of Clergy
It was decided that Major Clergy of the Diocese will meet at least once a year outside of Annual Synod.
General Continuing Formation was tabled. But Bp. Joseph will work with Dcn Mel on continuing Diaconal formation.
Plans for a Diocesan Mid-Synod was tabled for now. Houses will inform Bp. Joseph of plans/ideas.
Discussed using Zoom for video/conference calling. It was explained how easy it is to use, the call and video quality, etc.
Will begin using Zoom for all Conference Call/Video Conferencing.
The cost will be born mostly by the Order with the Diocese helping to pay a small portion. Again, it was decided to have this directly come from the accounts instead of being paid privately.
There were no Communion Wide issues or ideas to discuss
A lot going on in the world. Bp. Joseph will post to our Facebook page to address issues.
Meeting was adjourned.
2016 Annual Synod Meeting Minutes
Bishop Joseph Augustine Menna, AIHM
Father Shane Nicholas Neese, AIHM
Father Thomas Bradshaw, AIHM Obl
Karen Lasko, Bishop's Council, Lay Delegate
Gregg Torres-Agosto, Guest
Friar Alessandro De Trinitate Botelho, AIHM Lay Delegate
1. Integration Plan
Update: We are past the point of observation. Only part left is the practical part - overlap in clergy, etc. Diocese of Florida and Diocese of California will have their annual synod meetings in January and will vote on finalizing our integration.
2. New Life
There is a small group in Virginia that may possibly be forming. +Joseph will visit them this fall. Also, they have a potential seminarian in mind that would serve this small group.
3. Financial Needs
Diocesan Checking account is necessary and is already in place. AIHM will use the St. Thomas of Villanova Fund account as the Diocesan account.
* Non-public clergy will be assessed $10 per year
* Public Ministry Clergy will be assessed $25 per year
*Religious Orders will be assessed $25 per year
(it was not discussed whether each mission/parish is also to be assessed each year)
4. Prayer and Community
Do we want as clergy a time regularly scheduled to fellowship and pray?
It was decided that we would conference call Quarterly.
The first half of the call would be Clergy and Laity
The second half of the call would be Clergy.
Everyone is to look at their calendars and see what would be best date to start. Email to group will be sent through the new Diocesan email group Shane will create
5. Lay Delegate Selection
Karen Lasko will be the Lay Delegate for St. Augustine
Alessandro will be the Lay Delegate for the Augustinians of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Possibly Amanda Parks will be Lay Delegate for St. Rita's - Fr. Thomas will discuss this with her and let us know soon.
6. Bishop's Council
Is to be made up of the Lay Delegates and the General Council from the AIHM 5
7. Vocations and Evangilization
We are the best vocation brochure - how we live our lives and interact with people is the best witness we can make. Continue to be a witness for Christ and the Church.
Our Diocesan page is basically there as a landing page. It contains information about us, but is also there as a starting point for folks to find our parishes and Religious Order. No changes were recommended at this time.
9. New Business
Our name will stay Diocese of St. Thomas of Villanova
Together throughout the year we will work on a logo to use for the Diocese
Father Shane will create the Diocesan group email.