Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
People on the Move
N° 105 (Suppl.), December 2007
UNITED STATES National Conference of
Catholic Airport Chaplains
Rev. Michael ZANIOLO
July 2005 - Airport Chaplain Certification Training Course
Eight chaplains and chaplaincy team members from around the country attended a five-day training course at O'Hare Airport. This course is a requirement for receiving the professional title of "Certified Airport Chaplain" (CAC).
The training syllabus included:
April 2006 - Annual Meeting, Cardinal Stritch Retreat House, Mundelein, IL
Thirty five chaplains and chaplaincy team members attended the Annual Meeting. A two-hour business meeting was conducted to vote upon some amendments to the constitution and decide to hold our 2007 meeting concurrently with the XIII World Seminar at Vatican City. Three chaplains successfully completed the requirements for Certification. They were formally conferred the title of Certified Airport Chaplain on April 25.
Francis Cardinal George, the NCCAC Episcopal liaison attended and celebrated Mass.
The non-business portion of the meeting was in the form of a four-day retreat given by Fr. Louis Cameli, STD, focusing upon the spirituality of an airport chaplain.
Deacon Peter Broussard, Chaplain at Albuquerque Airport, has provided his synopsis of the retreat. It is attached at the end of this report.
May 2006 - European Airport Chaplains Meeting, Wroclaw Poland
Frs. Jamnicky and Zaniolo attended the European Airport Chaplains Meeting. The discussions included reorganization of the European conference into a form similar to the NCCAC.
October 2006 - NCCAC Website, www.nccac.us is launched. The site is still under construction and will be fully operational by Summer 2007. Email address: email@example.com
January 2007 - Fr. Zaniolo served as a resource for the Archdiocese of Atlanta as they prepare to offer Mass on a regular basis. Fr. Zaniolo also served as a resource for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as they prepare to establish an airport chaplaincy. Their plan is to assign a full-time priest as chaplain and offer Mass on a regular basis.
July 2007 - Airport chaplain certification(CAC) training course will be offered at O'Hare Airport