With sadness we are informing about the passing of Orfeo Zaniolo, the father of Fr. Michael Zaniolo, Administrator/Catholic Chaplain, Interfaith Airport Chapels of Chicago;and President, National Conference of Catholic Airport Chaplains.The Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 794 Pearson Street, Des Plaines, Illinois at 11:00 AM. Our thoughts and prayers go to Fr. Mike and his family.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We all remember great events and where we were when they took place. Twenty- five years ago the Berlin wall came down and a country came together once again and yet after all this time I believe that Germany is still working things out.
Today we still see walls being built and similar barricades taking place in the Middle East. In Northern Ireland the Peace wall is still standing and in China the Great Wall is a tourist attraction. But are these walls to protect people or to keep people out?
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 role of the airport chaplain is not always easy to define. Each airport sets up and operates their chaplaincy according to the local circumstances. However there are common elements which can be ascribed to all chaplaincies and could be summarised in the following ways.
The Chaplain seeks:
Do take some time to reflect on your role and perhaps you may like to add some more points to this list.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the Rev David Holmwood who recently passed away. David was a Baptist minister who was appointed in 1993 as the Free Church Chaplain at Heathrow Airport (LHR). He served with the chaplaincy for a number of years before his retirement.
Belfast City Airport (BHD) is currently establishing a Multifaith Quiet room. Rev Colin Hall-Thompson is hopeful of having its official opening before Christmas or soon after.
Rev Michael Banfield is very excited to be returning to airport chaplaincy in a volunteer capacity. He is joining the current Lead Chaplain at Southampton Airport (SOU) as soon as the ID pass process is complete. He has also been appointed the first Chaplain at Chichester/Goodwood Aerodrome (QUG/EGHR). Michael says to negotiate this has been a great privilege, and gives us in IACAC another general aviation Chaplaincy amongst pilots, a flying school, some other aviation businesses, and the airfield visiting public. He is very excited about the possibilities at Goodwood and has been there settling in and meeting the Goodwood staff of about 30, plus pilots and others.
Please continue to keep our colleagues in West Africa in your prayers as their communities continue their battle with the Ebola epidemic. Also please pray for all faith communities who are facing persecution and loss because of their beliefs.
Every problem is a character building opportunity, and the more difficult it is, the greater the potential for building spiritual muscle and moral fiber.
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