Dear FADICA Members,

We continue to keep in mind and prayer all FADICA California members and those they serve in the region. They have faced both the Thousand Oaks shooting and devastating fires which forced several L.A.-area members to evacuate. Fortunately, all FADICA members and families are safe. The Hilton Foundation has played a leadership role and is hosting one of three FEMA State Disaster Assistance Centers in Ventura County. Please continue to pray for our California FADICA family and their communities as they turn their attention to helping neighbors.

Thanks to all who joined the 2018 FADICA pilgrimage in person or in prayer earlier this month. In addition to substantive meetings, moving liturgies and spiritual reflection, FADICA members met with several key Vatican officials to discuss child and vulnerable adult protection. Members brought forth their own concerns and those identified by FADICA’s child protection working group with the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, and leaders of other dicasteries.

On November 24, the Vatican announced a new committee coordinated by the Gregorian Centre’s Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ to oversee the Church-wide summit in February to launch a global approach against sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults. FADICA’s child protection working group will convene by phone next month to solidify recommendations for action to share with fellow members at the February 8th annual membership meeting in Santa Monica.

In this time of challenge and opportunity, may we be inspired by the resolute courage of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Oscar Romero, whose words we heard again in Rome. They and so many others have helped the Church transform at critical times. You remain in my prayers of gratitude, and I pray in a special way for our collective leadership as we charter these times!
Upcoming Events
FADICA's 43rd Annual Membership Meeting and Symposium
February 7 - 9, 2019 | Santa Monica/Los Angeles, CA

New Member Website Training WebinarInvitation forthcoming
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm EST
Recording of Catholic Education Changemakers Video Call | Tuesday, November 27
Watch Tuesday's Catholic Changemakers video call that featured a conversation with leaders of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network.
FADICA Events & News
FADICA’s 43rd Annual Membership Meeting & Symposium
Plan Your Travel & Book Your Room for the 2019 Annual Meeting! February 7 – 9, 2019
This year’s gathering will feature a new FADICA “Demo Day” session spotlighting creative ministry models from USC’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and FADICA’s Catholic Social Innovation research. Members will have critical opportunities to collaborate on effective approaches to the abuse crisis through an extended membership meeting and input from experts. 

Focused affinity group sessions will advance pivotal Catholic education, parish vitality, and international giving joint initiatives. Fellow member Peter Laugharn, President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation , will provide keynote remarks. Additional speakers, agenda and online registration to follow soon!  
The meeting will begin at 2 pm on Thursday, February 7th and conclude at 2 pm on Saturday, February 9. 

Reserve your room today at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel using this link .
New Member Website Now Live + January Training Webinar
FADICA will host a webinar training on Wednesday, January 9 at 1 pm EST to introduce you to the new Members Only Website, including how to use the member directory, renew membership dues, and register for events. Use these instructions as a helpful guide to getting started. Contact us with any questions and comments – we look forward to seeing you on the January webinar!
Member and Philanthropy News
Karen Rauenhorst Receives Inaugural Aim Higher Foundation Award
Photo: Aim Higher Foundation / Jeremy McColm

Karen and Mark Rauenhorst at the Aim Higher Foundation's 6th Annual "Night of Light" ceremony and fundraiser, during which Karen received the organization's inaugural award for her outstanding commitment to Catholic education.
FADICA's Board Secretary Karen Rauenhorst received the first Aim Higher Foundation Award at the organization's 6th Annual Night of Light celebration on Sept. 28. Karen was honored for her commitment to helping students attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and for leading the Foundation as Board Chair for the last six years.

We asked Karen about her leadership and involvement in Catholic education, including her role in FADICA’s Catholic Schools Affinity Group and the Catholic School Philanthropy Working Group. 

"The reason I feel so committed to addressing and supporting Catholic education is because it educates, forms, and develops the whole person."

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FADICA Members Attend Leadership Roundtable Meeting on "Twin Crises" in Church
A number of FADICA members and FADICA staff participated with bishops and other lay leaders in a Leadership Roundtable meeting last month to discuss responses to the “twin crises” of the sexual abuse crisis. Please visit the Leadership Roundtable’s website for resources for Catholic leaders to respond.
New Resource
innoFaith: Engaging Sacred Wisdom and Social Innovation
innoFaith is a new website with resources for those interested in the connection between faith and social innovation.
Church News
USCCB’s Annual Fall General Assembly
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for their annual General Assembly on November 12-14 in Baltimore. The most covered news of the conference was the Vatican’s request to the U.S. to delay final voting on child protection protocols and to further develop approaches and join in the global approach at the February summit, also following the US bishops' week-long January spiritual retreat. Other noteworthy news includes the bishops’ approval of a pastoral letter on racism and the advancement for the cause for sainthood of Sister Thea Bowman. Visit the General Assembly’s website for news and multimedia on the diverse topics of the Assembly.
First Hemispheric-wide Anti-Human Trafficking Conference
U.S. Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) hosted the first-ever hemispheric-wide conference of Talitha Kum anti-trafficking networks on Oct. 24 – 27 in Cleveland, Ohio. Borders Are Not Barriers brought together representatives from anti-trafficking networks and other experts in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, to build capacity for more effective and coordinated work.
In November during the 2018 Rome Pilgrimage, FADICA members met with Comboni Sister Gabriella Bottani (pictured above), coordinator of Talitha Kum International Network , who addressed members on the current priorities of the network.
Jesuit Refugee Service Anniversary and Pedro Arrupe, SJ
Earlier this month, Jesuit Refugee Service marked its 38th Anniversary of its founding and the beginning of the beatification process for its founder, Fr Pedro Arrupe, SJ – who called on the Society of Jesus to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees and displaced people. During the FADICA member pilgrimage to Rome, Rev. Aloysious Mowe, SJ, International Director of Advocacy and Communications for JRS celebrated Eucharist for FADICA.
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