Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Please continue to hold in your prayers all those affected by people who have evil in their hearts.
Particularly at this time pray for the people of France as they come to terms with the horrors that they have experienced in their country.
We pray for peace in the world and that all nations no matter their creed or culture can live together in harmony.
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Once again the year has slipped by and, like me, I am sure you wonder where the time has gone.
As we reflect on and think about what has taken place during the past year, we remember those who did not sit around our tables as we have celebrated Christmas, those who lost relatives and friends those who lost relatives and friends and recall to mind the tragic events of Malaysian Airlines.
As you begin your planning and updating your diary for 2015 please make sure you include the dates for this year's IACAC annual conference to be held in New York. Preparations are well underway for this conference which has the theme "Bridging The World". New York is often described as one of the most diverse cities of the world with people from many countries, cultures, languages and religions exist side by side. Airports can also be described as diverse environments where people working there have to detach themselves from what they know, understand and believe to serve people whose customs are often quite different and sometimes quite challenging from their own. Presentations during the conference will attempt to explore this diversity and multiculturalism.
Accommodation for the conference will be at the JFK Hilton Hotel which is conveniently located nearby the airport and connected by a free shuttle. We look forward to seeing you in New York for what promises to be a most interesting and stimulating conference.
Please continue to pray for the families and friends of the crew and passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 believed to have crashed into the Java Sea on a flight from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.On board were 155 passengers and 7 crew. For the third time this year workers in the Malaysian aviation industry have had to face the tragedy of losing another plane, its crew and passengers. Please pray for these workers and the search and rescue crews given the task of finding the airliner.
On the 6th November, the Rev Canon Jonathan Baldwin from London Gatwick was in Warsaw to attend an international conference on the role and place of the airport chaplaincies in the pastoral care of pilgrimages. His host was the Rev Zbigniew Stefaniak, the chaplain at Warsaw Chopin Airport. The conference was organised by the Warsaw Chopin Airport Chaplaincy (WAW) and the Faculty of Theology, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw under the patronage of H.E, Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, Archbishop of Warsaw. During the conference Jonathan spoke on the historical development of IACAC and on the present secular world challenges. Other topics covered included the development of civil aviation in Poland, papal teachings on civil aviation pastoral care, the airport chapel as a wayside shrine and the spiritual experiences of a family working in aviation. Pilgrimage as a pastoral tool and as a journey through space and as a journey into the soul was explored. Whilst in Warsaw, Jonathan was able to spend time sight seeing around the city and to also visit Krakow. He was made very welcome and enjoyed the opportunity to meet with Mons. Dr Gabriele Bentoglio from the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and Mr Arturo Mari, the Pope's personal photographer, from Rome.
Fr Gabriel Feyisetan from Lagos (LOS) sends his greetings to his friends in IACAC and wishes everybody joy and good health of mind and body.
Fr Franz Kohlhuber sends best wishes from Munich (MUC) to you all! Thank you for your Christmas Greeting – we had wonderful services yesterday and today and we celebrated the joy about Jesus' birth with very many people in our chapel. I send you and all colleagues the best wishes for a peaceful, joyful and fulfilling Christmas Time! May the birth of Jesus give us hope, love and motivation for our valuable job and may the incarnated God strengthen our disposition to show all the people who come to us the nearness of our father in Heaven.
Sister Margaret from London Heathrow (LHR) wrote, "Delighted to receive your Christmas greetings. Best wishes and prayer for Christmastide and the New Year. I hope our paths may cross again – such happy memories!"
Rev Gunilla Gjöthlén from Goteborg (GOT) in Sweden sends her very best wishes for the New Year to all her friends in IACAC. She is feeling the extreme cold that Northern Europe is currently experiencing.
The Rev Canon Liz Hughes, senior chaplain at London Luton (LTN), has been on extended sick leave and we pray for her and her family during her continuing recovery.
The Manchester Chaplaincy team have been very happy for their coordinating chaplain, the Rev George Lane, as he celebrates the appointment of his wife, the Rev Libby Lane as the first woman Bishop in the Church of England in the UK. This is a history making appointment and we wish them and their family all the best for the future.
Annual membership subscriptions are due on the 1st January 2015 and the financial year is from 1st January to the 31st December 2015. Payment of the membership subscription should be made through the IACAC website. Annual membership for active members is US$60. The membership subscription for Associate members is $30 with no voting rights for those who would like it. Please continue to support your Association by paying your annual subscription as soon as you are able. Thank you to those members who have already paid, either at the Amsterdam conference or through the website.
The real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust, 19th Century Novelist
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