Dear Friends and ColleaguesWhen we were in Atlanta I spoke about a vision for our organisation, but what is our vision for IACAC? For IACAC this may mean putting together a vision statement which is very similar to putting together a flight or travel plan. We know where we start from and where we wish to go, but the main part is how do we get there, or maybe like an artist or a photographer who is given a commission and visualises how the finished painting or picture will appear to the eye of the beholder but only after many sketches or photos have been taken. Read More
During the Atlanta Conference some time was set aside for discussion based around the following questions:
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control and was missing hours after it was supposed to have landed in Beijing, the airline said Saturday morning.
Please pray for the passengers, crew and their families and for the Search and Rescue workers across China, Vietnam and Malaysia as they search for the plane.
Flight MH370 was operated on a Boeing B777-200 aircraft. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members. The passengers were of 13 different nationalities. Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft. Malaysia Airlines team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew.
Focus of the airline is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members. The airline will provide regular updates on the situation. The public may contact +603 7884 1234.
This year our annual conference will be held in Amsterdam and our colleagues at Schiphol Airport will be our hosts. This year the conference program will explore the value added to the airport by the presence of the chaplaincy. Links such as human trafficking from previous conferences and the experiences of other airport chaplains willalso be explored. The Delta Care Team have been invited to construct a follow up program from their Atlanta presentation. More detail of the conference program will be available on our website as it becomes available. Conference registration and payment will again be made online through our website.This year the conference is in August, earlier than in past years so please make a note of the date and plan to join us in Amsterdam.
Conference Date: 19th – 23rd August 2014 [5 nights]Cost: Single - 645€Double/Twin Share - 435€
Post Conference Tour: 24th - 27th August 2014 [4 nights]Cost: Single - 699€Double/Twin Share - 530€
The Post Conference Tour will be a series of day trips using the conference hotel as a base. Accommodation for the Conference and Post Conference Tour will be at the iAm Hotel, situated close to Schiphol Airport and easily accessed by the airport shuttle bus.Amsterdam is an old and beautiful city and our conference hosts are preparing a warm welcome around an interesting and stimulating program.Conference invitations will go out at the end of March. We are looking forward to your attendance in Amsterdam.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Grace Mang'ula from Nairobi whose husband passed away at Christmas time after a long illness. Early in her appointment to the airport, Grace spent time in the UK working with the chaplains at London Luton and London Gatwick.
News from Manila that major renovations are underway to link all parts of the airport (MNL). It is likely the chapel will be relocated temporarily during the work. Fr. Steve Teston andRebecca send their greetings to all their friends in IACAC.
February 20, 2014
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--The Executive Board Members of the International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains (IACAC), who gathered for the Board Meeting at Schiphol Airport have decided on the theme of the 47th Annual Conference of the IACAC in Amsterdam, which will take place August 19-24, 2014: "Airport Chaplaincy as an added value to an airport." The Conference will analyze the subject from various angles pointing out some very tangible advantages of the presence of a chapel and active chaplains for airports, airlines and their customers. Presenters will include representatives of the Schiphol Group, which operates the Amsterdam Airport. The Conference is expected to gather about 80 chaplains from all over the world representing many faiths and denominations.
The Conference will be open to the local, national and international media outlets. Media accreditation request forms will be available in the upcoming days.
With sadness we are sharing that Fr. Declan Doyle, PC, (former Chaplain at Dublin Airport) died suddenly on February 12, 2014, a loving brother of Jean, Sylvia, Dennis, Dermot and Marie, well loved and deeply mourned by his family, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, extended family, fellow priests Fr. Cathal and Fr. Paul, his parishioners, priests of the Dublin Diocese, his very many friends especially those that travelled with him on his numerous pilgrimages to Lourdes. Rest in Peace.
For an article about his retirement from the Airport Chaplaincy, please click HERE>>
Our colleague, Rev Ragvald Seierstad from Oslo Airport (OSL) in Norway wrote to say he would complete his work at the airport at the end of December and take up an appointment as the Seamen's pastor in the Norwegian Seaman's Church in Pattaya, Thailand. This will be a big challenge for Ragvald and his family. He will have a staff of nine coworkers and will be visiting hospitals and prisons. Last year the staff there made 900 such visits and the church is much needed to give this assistance. Ragvald prays that God will bless all his colleagues in IACAC now and in the future. We pray that god will bless him and his family as they take up this new work.
The IACAC Board will meet in Amsterdam from the 18th to the 20th February. Much of the meeting will be involved in discussing and reviewing the plans and preparation for our annual conference on 19th -24th August this year. Other items for discussion include matters arising from the Business Meeting in Atlanta, concerns raised by members and forward planning for our Association. Please pray for the Board that God will guide their discussions.
2014 Membership Subscriptions are now due. The membership year is from the 1st January to the 31st December each year. Full membership is $US60. Associate membership is now available for people interested in supporting airport chaplaincy. Associate members have no voting rights and pay a reduced membership subscription. Application for associate membership requires a letter of recommendation from the sponsoring chaplain to accompany the membership application form. The membership subscription for associate members is $US30. Payment of all membership subscriptions can be made through PayPal.
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