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August 22, 2014: About the CCCR Bishop Selection Campaign
We are in the “Know the Nominees” phase of the campaign for a people’s voice in the selection of our leadership. First, the people nominated leaders. Then a committee of the people who were likely to know the nominees selected seven of them for the slate. Now it is up to all the people of the archdiocese to prepare to vote for three of those seven when they get ballots by email in the first two weeks of November. If you prefer, you may write-in the name of a leader not on the ballot.
The seven local pastors on the slate are Fathers Mike Byron, Paul Feela, Paul Jaroszeski, Charles Lachowitzer, Phil Rask, Tim Wozniak, and Bishop Lee Piché.
These seven men had no involvement in the process and were not consulted in advance of their selection by the Committee. We are calling them to leadership based on the people’s confidence in them. As we cannot elect our bishops, as explained below, any appointment will come from Pope Francis, and if one of these men is appointed, he may decline at that time.
Preparing to vote means we have to get some information about the nominees. CCCR has produced profiles of the nominees with the information we could find. You can find them by clicking on "Bishop Selection" in the left menu and then going to "Priest Profiles."
Come to a workshop in your geographical quadrant of the Archdiocese. You can find your parish in its quadrant by clicking on "Lay Network Organizing in Deaneries" in the left menu and then going to "Quadrants and Deaneries." Or just go to the quadrant workshop that is most convenient for you.
Here is the information on quadrant workshops:
Each quadrant of our archdiocese will host a workshop to give you specifics about the bishop selection candidates and process. They'll include plenty of time for questions and a panel of in-the-know folks to answer them. You'll also find out how the 'vote' will be taken and how to contact the papal nuncio with your recommendations. You can attend as many events as you like. Invite interested Catholics you know to come along.
Northwest - Monday, September 15, 7-8:45 pm
Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center
Northeast - Thursday, September 18, 7-9 pm
Shoreview Library, 4570 Victoria St. N., Shoreview
Southeast - Tuesday, September 23, 6-8 pm
Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Rd.(off Pilot Knob Rd), Eagan
Southwest - Tuesday, October 7, 7-9 pm
Spirit of St. Stephen's, 2201 1st Ave., So. Mpls
If you know one of the nominees and have an opinion on how he is qualified to be bishop/archbishop, you are invited to make a statement we will publish and use in informing people at the quadrant workshops. Call Paula at 651-219-5909.
If you have questions about the program, scroll down to the July 29 post below, where the whole plan is explained or email us at
or click "contact us" on the horizontal menu above.
July 29, 2014
Thanks to everyone who nominated a local pastor for the role of bishop/archbishop in this Archdiocese.
And thanks to the Consultant Committee of the CCCR Bishop Selection Task Force for their work in winnowing the nominations from 55 to seven. The Consultant Committee consists of five priests, Fathers Stephen Adrian, John M. Bauer, John Brandes, Patrick Griffin, and Dale Korogi, and three lay people, Cathy Edwards, Patricia Gries, and James Moudry. Carol Tauer chairs the Committee.
The Committee considered the number of nominations each person received, the qualifications listed below, and the gifts as they knew them of each man on the list. The chief quality they considered was the ability to unify people in a polarized community.
The seven nominees selected by the Committee are: Fathers J. Michael Byron, Paul Feela, Paul Jaroszeski, Charles Lachowitzer, Phillip Rask, Timothy Wozniak, and Bishop Lee Piché.
The Task Force will try to give you as much information as we can get about the final slate of nominees so that you can choose three from the ballot sent to you in the first week of November. Look for notices of workshops to “Know the Nominees” in September and October.
In November we will vote to narrow the list to three. The purpose of the voting is
- to accustom ourselves to the idea of selecting our own leadership, and
- to determine who among the local pastors has the confidence of the people to lead us in the mission of the Church.
You may write-in nominees on the ballot if you so desire.
Because we cannot at this time elect our leadership, after this balloting process we will then ask you to write to the papal nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican ambassador to the U.S. whose responsibility it is to recommend names to Rome for appointment. In your letter you may recommend one or more of the three final names or anyone you think qualified. The reason for writing individually to the papal nuncio is that the Vatican discourages organized group recommendations to avoid campaigning and factions.
This initial attempt to make the people's voice heard is far from an ideal process. It is a first step to filling a crucial need in our Archdiocese. Fr. Stephen Adrian, part of the Bishop Selection Task Force, has expressed the need like this:
To lead one must have the trust and confidence of the community.... It is essential that the next archbishop be selected only after a broad consultative process involving clergy, religious and laity. The process should include an opportunity to articulate the qualities we need in a bishop; the process should also allow people to suggest names of persons they consider meeting those qualities.
For an ideal process we would need Archdiocesan cooperation. That is a future to be prayed for. In the meantime we take first steps.
Rationales for Reducing the Number of Nominees
On the principle that the people under the bishop’s jurisdiction should have a voice in choosing him, the Task Force first eliminated nominations from people outside the Archdiocese. Secondly, believing that local pastors are more likely to be familiar with the needs of the Archdiocese, we eliminated nominees from other jurisdictions.
Reluctantly, we eliminated the much-appreciated senior nominees—70 and over. Since a bishop is required by canon law to tender his resignation at the age of 75 and it is probable that the investigative and appointment process is lengthy, a person over the age of 70 would not have sufficient time to serve. That left us with a list of 43 names.
Eliminating all nominees with only one nomination resulted in a list of 23 names from which the Consultant Committee chose the seven named above.
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Criteria to be Used in Reducing the Number of Nominees to a Slate
The bishop should have:
- The ability to unify polarized factions and bring Catholics together to accomplish the Church’s mission.
- Significant pastoral experience in parish, hospital, or similar settings (not solely academic, Chancery, etc.).
- A reputation for being credible and trustworthy and for valuing transparency and accountability.
- Theological competence.
- An ethic of servant leadership on the model of Pope Francis.
- Demonstrated willingness to foster two-way communication with clergy and laity.
- Demonstrated skill as a public speaker and preacher.
- Evidence of leadership skills within the archdiocese.
- Demonstrated administrative skills.
- Involvement in promoting social justice and fostering concern for the poor and disenfranchised.
- Ability to engage and relate to people of multiple generations.
- Demonstrated commitment to interfaith efforts and cooperation.
- Sensitivity to and credibility with diverse communities.