National Conference and Retreat
The 2014 National Conference and Retreat for the
Evangelical Catholic Church convened at the ToddHall Retreat and Conference
Center during the weekend of May 16th.
In attendance were:
The Most Reverend James Alan Wilkowski
Presiding Bishop and Bishop for the Diocese of the Northwest
The Very Reverend Louis Serra
Administrator for the Diocese of the Northeast
The Reverend Mr. Joseph Authement, OSB
Brother Nicholas Bennett, OSB
The Reverend Canon Michael Bonnett
Church of the Holy Family
The Reverend Peter Julian McGechie
Church of the Holy Family
Mr. William R. Morton
Director of Media and Communication
The Reverend James Radloff
Church of the Holy Communion
The Reverend David Verhasselt
Church of the Holy Name of Jesus
The Reverend Bernhard Zingraft, OSB
The following was the agenda for our Conference:
Lunch at 12:00 PM
Opening Mass at
2:30 PM Wilkowski Celebrant. Incardinations of Louis Serra and
Kent Joseph Authement and Liturgical Reception of James Radloff.
4 to 5 PM
Informal gathering in meeting room.
5 PM Dinner
6:00 Alice Kyle
will present information on assisting and encouraging parishioners
to make funeral pre plans.
on Catechism Draft and Draft of
Charter for the Protection of the Faithful.
Prayer Dave Verhasselt
7: 30 AM Morning Prayer
10:00 AM Presentation on Social Justice and Peace.
Mass. Serra Celebrant
John the Evangelist Seminary
2:00 - 2:30
Bill Morton Presentation on Public Relations and Media.
2:30 - 3:00
Liturgical Music - Joseph Authement
Prayer Joseph Authement
election of Presiding Bishop
in 2015 and
appointment of 2015 Retreat Chair.
Brief Meeting to
choose Date and Location for 2015 Conference.
opened the Mass for our Retreat and Conference and celebrated the
Rite of Clerical Incardination for Father Louis Serra and Deacon
Joseph Authement, OSB. The Bishop also completed the right of
reception for Father James Radloff.
During the Mass, Bishop
Wilkowski announced that Father Louis Serra has been named Bishop-elect for
the Evangelical Catholic Diocese of the Northeast.
Fathers Serra and
Verhasselt present the update of the work of the Catechism for the
Evangelical Catholic Church. They have completed to and
including the Sacraments of the Church and will have final draft
ready for approval for 2015 Conference. Father Radloff
stressed the model of the Baltimore Catechism for its simplicity in
We were visited by Alice
Kyle of the Owens - Ruzich Funeral Home in Whiting, Indiana who provided a
workshop on the topic of Funeral Pre-Planning and all of the details
therein. Father Verhasselt concluded our first day with leading us in
On Saturday, the Conference
followed the abovementioned schedule and received updates from Bishop
Wilkowski regarding the seminary and Bill Morton provided information on
Press Releases and General Announcements.
Deacon Joseph provided us
with information regarding the application of Liturgical Music in our
celebration and most importantly - how to begin working music into our
liturgies. After Deacon Joseph's workshop on Liturgy, Bishop Wilkowski once
again raised the question regarding The Church's decision to retain the
common use of the original text of the Missal for our liturgies. The
conference unanimously re-affirmed it past decision to continue with the
original text of the Novis Ordo for our liturgies.
Bishop Wilkowski reminded
those gathered that 2015 is a year in which we elect our Presiding Bishop
for a five year term and he will provided the outline for such a election to
all after January 1, 2015.