CAPP USA HAPPENINGS – OCTOBER 2015 – SEPTEMBER 2016
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
With much to report, let’s ‘get right to it’:
First of all: Congratulations to James Rice, KSG, Vice-President and Secretary of CAPP-USA – on his election to the Board of Fondazione Centesimus Annus – Pro Pontifice at its September meeting. Jim is a founding member of CAPP in the USA and we wish him every success in his tenure.
8 November – The Ninth Annual Business Leaders Communion Breakfast, at 0900 at Fairfield University.
The economist handpicked by Pope Francis to tackle the complexities of Vatican finances, Mr. Jospeh Zahra, will key note the Diocese’s 9th Annual Business Leaders Communion Breakfast with a talk entitled: “Inside the Financial and Administrative Changes at the Vatican: What Pope Francis Wants and Why He is Doing It”. Mr. Zahra is the former head of Bank of Valletta, a renowned economist, a member of CAPP and the Vice-Coordinator of the newly established Council for the Economy of the Holy See. The Council is charged with financial oversight of all Vatican-related entities—including the Roman curia—and is the most powerful of three new bodies created by Pope Francis to ensure accountability and transparency in the management of the Vatican’s financial affairs.
This year’s awardee will be local businessman Mr. Brian E. Moran, a key contributor to the Malta Justice Initiative and author of “The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration Has Hijacked the American Dream”.
Beginning with Mass at 0900 at the Fairfield University Chapel, the event will end at noon. The Mass will be concelebrated by Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, The Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport and Reverend Richard Ryscavage, S.J., Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life, Fairfield University.
I encourage you join this year’s Communion Breakfast.
Pope Francis’ visit to World Meeting of Families – CAPP welcomed over 1,000 visitors at our booth at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia (see attached photo). Many thanks to Pat Fakharzadeh, Nancy Martin and Diane Guerino for all their efforts in designing and staffing this effort over three days.
Catholic University of America/CAPP Certificate Course in CST – CAPP’s Master’s level, 35 hour course will be offered in Washington on 1-6 November. There is still time to register. Go to https://www.capp-usa.org/events/39 for details and registration.
“Inside the Financial and Administrative Changes at the Vatican: What Pope Francis Wants and Why He is Doing It” – As part of fulfilling the mission given us by Saint John Paul II (to “promote informed knowledge of the… activity of the Holy See among qualified and socially motivated business and professional leaders”), Mr. Joseph F. X. Zahra is delivering this address at numerous events from 8 through 13 November in Fairfield County, NYC, Notre Dame and Montreal.
Also, please Save the Date for:
13, March 2016 – Communion Breakfast for Educators at Sacred Heart University. The speaker will be Brother Robert R. Bimonte, FSC, President of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).
12-14 May 2016 – The FCAPP International Conference in the Vatican -. The conference will be on: “Business Initiative in the Fight Against Poverty”
23-24 September 2016 – CAPP/Fordham University Conference -– The conference will reflect on/suggest concrete actions based on elements of Pope Francis’ September 2015 address to the UN.
2016 dues are requested by 31 December (a letter is forthcoming) Please send your tax-deductible contribution to:
6 Wyndover Lane
Cos Cob, CT 06807
Yearly contributions are: Supporter – $500; Family (wife and husband) – $600; Sustaining – $1,250; Benefactor – $2,500. (Sustaining and Benefactor membership includes spouses, if so desired.) $200 of each member’s dues go to supporting our Vatican operations.
With prayer filled best wishes for you and your families, I am
Robert A. Nalewajek
President, CAPP-USA &
Past Director, FCAPP-Vatican