Dear Friends and ColleaguesA New Year and new start, what does it hold, for some it may be excitement of looking forward to a new member in the family, others a new job. And, for others, it may the fear of bad news which can cause frustration, ego, anxiety and resentment. Fear is something that we all live in our everyday work and activities; one time that I recall was when I was at sea and employed by the Ministry of Defence. Read More
At the Annual Business Meeting in Atlanta last September it was decided to alter the Constitution to accept the proposal "That the present categories of membership are continued but an associate category be added for people interested in supporting airport chaplaincy."The Constitution now outlines 4 categories of membership as listed here:
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.
Have you ever taken the time to browse through the training and information documents we have on our website? Sometimes just reading through some of them helps refocus our thoughts on our role within the airport and reflect on our mission. Listed below are 8 points considered to be key elements of good airport chaplaincy. What do you think?Airport chaplaincy seeks to reflect spiritual and ethical values in human life on the airport, offering a faith based ministry to employees, passengers and visitors be they of any faith or none. The mission is to identify, understand and share in the issues affecting airport employees, aircrew and passengers and to reveal God's presence in those situations through the chaplaincy presence.
We ask you to hold in prayer our colleague Dr. Francis Mutach Kapend of the Lubumbashi Airport Chaplaincy and his family. On the December 20 his 17 year old son passed away accidentally at home while working with a domestic power machine. His funeral was on 23th December in The United Methodist Church French Parish, at Jerusalem Cathedral in Lubumbashi. Please pray for all the family and especially for his daughter who was the twin of his son. She still is inconsolable. Pray for all the members of the Lubumbashi chaplaincy as they support Francis and his family
It is with great sadness that we received the news that our friend, Canon Mike Vincer, former chaplain of Manchester Airport (MAN), passed away peacefully on Saturday the 4th of January. Mike was at home with his wife and surrounded by his family. Bette and her family are so happy for his life, grateful for their memories and so sad for his death. She has asked us to thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers over the past few months and to continue to pray for her and her family as they face life here on earth without Mike.
Mike played a very active part in the growth and development of the IACAC and was Secretary for several years and then became President from 2003 to 2005. We give thanks to God for his faithful service and now for his call to Glory.
Please hold Bette, Louise, Fiona, Kirstie and their families in your prayers and may God uphold them at this time.
Enthronement of Athenagoras, the new Metropolitan of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Bishop Athenagoras is an airport chaplain at Brussels, Belgium. The ceremony took place on December 21, 2013 at the Orthodox Cathedral in Brussels. The official report can be found HERE (in French) >>
Stockholm's Arlanda Airport Chapel, Sweden, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary (1993-2013) on Friday, December 20th. Archbishop Anders Wejryd, Airport Manager Director Kjell-Åke Westin and former Airport Chaplains will honor the celebration with their presence. Congratulations to our colleagues at ARN!
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