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2017 NOCERCC Convention
Making the Time Count: Forming a Pastor with a Shepherd's Heart
February 20 - 23, 2017
San Antonio, TX
2018 NOCERCC Convention
Enjoying the Marathon: Priestly Vitality in the Middle Years
February 5 - 8, 2018
Site to be Announced
2016 NOCERCC Convention
Making the Time Count:
Ongoing Formation in the First Years of Priesthood
February 22 - 25, 2016
Conference Center at the Maritime Institute · Linthicum Heights, MD
Who are the Recently Ordained?
Mary Gautier, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate, CARA
Editor, The Cara Report
Mary L. Gautier, Ph.D., is a sociologist and senior research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). At CARA, Mary specializes in Catholic demographic trends in the United States, manages CARA databases on Church information, and conducts demographic projects and computer-aided mapping. She also edits The CARA Report, a quarterly research publication, and other CARA publications. She is co-author of eight books on Catholicism, most recently Bridging the Gap: The Opportunities and Challenges of International Priests Ministering in the United States.
Health and Healing: A Case Study
Emily Cash, Psy.D.
Director, St. Luke Center, Louisville, Kentucky
Emily R. Cash, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist and a member of the clinical services department at Saint Luke Institute since 2006. She received her graduate degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University in Kentucky and completed her doctoral training in a community mental health setting in New York City. Her clinical services include individual and group therapy, psychological evaluation and assessment, and facilitation of psycho-educational groups for mental health and well-being. Dr. Cash is the Director of the Candidate Assessment Program for Saint Luke Institute and the Director of Saint Luke Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
What the Recently Ordained Want Us to Know?
Rev. Aaron Johanneck, S.T.B., S.T.L. Diocese of New Ulm
Rev. Brian Lewis, M.Div., S.T.B., M.Ed., M.A. Diocese of Wilmington
Rev. Pablo Migone, S.T.B., S.T.L. Diocese of Savannah
Rev. Aaron Johanneck is a priest of the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota. He was born in Redwood Falls, Minnesota on May 8, 1983. He earned a BA in Catholic Studies with minors in Sociology and Music at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. After completing his undergraduate studies he entered priestly formation at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul for the Diocese of New Ulm where he completed Pre-Theology in 2007. Fr. Johanneck continued formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He obtained an STB at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2010 and an STL at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross with a specialization in Liturgical Theology. He was ordained to the sacred priesthood on June 30, 2012. Since August of 2013 he has served as parochial vicar of the Church of St. Mary in Sleepy Eye, MN and as pastor’s delegate to the Church of St. Michael in Morgan. He serves as a theological consultant for the diocesan office of worship, sits on the diocesan building committee, and is part of the office of vocations’ accompaniment team, which seeks to identify young men of the diocese who might have a priestly vocation and to accompany and support them as they discern God’s will.
Rev. Brian Lewis was ordained for the Diocese of Wilmington on June 8, 2013, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at The Cathedral St. Peter in Wilmington, Delaware. Prior to ordination, Fr. Brian taught French language and literature for fifteen years in the Haddon Township School District of New Jersey. To do so, he earned his Master's Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master's Degree in French Studies from the Institut Français at New York University. He initiated several exchange programs with cooperating high schools in Toulouse and Colmar, France.
Recognizing the great need for God in the lives of his students and the censure that public education imposes on that need, Fr. Brian enrolled in the Religious Studies Graduate Program at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, where he completed enough coursework for a certificate in Religious Studies, which moved him to make his ultimate "Yes" to serve God as a priest after the Heart of Christ. After leaving a successful teaching career and being accepted to the Diocese of Wilmington, where he was raised and spent most of his life, he enrolled at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland where he received the STB in Sacred Theology and the Master's of Divinity.
Presently, he serves as associate pastor at St. John the Beloved Parish in Wilmington, Delaware, home to some 3200 families and 600 students ages 3 through eighth grade.
Rev. Pablo Migone was born in Lima, Peru, and when a child his family moved to Augusta, Georgia. He graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio in 2005 with philosophy and history degrees and continued his theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He completed an STB from the Angelicum as well as a Masters in Dogmatic Theology. Ordained in 2009, he served as parochial vicar in Warner Robins and Augusta until 2014 when he was appointed Chancellor, Vocation Director and Assistant to the Bishop. He currently resides at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Savannah.
Fostering Fraternity in the Priesthood: An Accompaniment Model
Very Rev. Christopher Smith, M.Div., M.R.E.
Rector and Episcopal Vicar, Christ Cathedral, Diocese of Orange
Very Rev. Christopher Smith has served as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for over 37 years. He holds a Masters in Divinity from St. John’s Seminary and a Masters in Religious Education from Fordham University. He has served in a number of capacities in the Diocese of Orange, including Parochial Vicar, Director of the Office for Religious Education, Vicar for Religious Education, Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Santa Ana, Episcopal Vicar for Priests and Director of the Ministry to Priests Office. He is the coordinator of Mission Education for Concern America and is the Chairperson of the Editorial Council of The Orange County Catholic. He currently serves as Episcopal Vicar and Rector of Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange.
Mercy Lived: Cultivating Care and Compassion within the Fraternity of the Priesthood
Very Rev. James A. Flavin, M.Div., M.A., LMHC, V.E.
Episcopal Vicar, Central Region, Archdiocese of Boston
Very Rev. James A. Flavin, M.Div., M.A., LMHC, V.E. served as the President of the Saint John Vianney Center (SJVC) from February 7, 2013 to June 30, 2014 and as Clinical Director from July 1, 2011 to February 7, 2013. He was responsible for improved clinical programming, increased patient experience, and stronger diocesan and religious leadership satisfaction, while increasing awareness of the mission of the Saint John Vianney Center for those who might benefit from its services.
Father Flavin was appointed Episcopal Vicar of the Central Region of the Archdiocese of Boston on July 1, 2014. Father Flavin continues his speaking and educational services for the Saint John Vianney Center throughout the country and worldwide. He speaks on a wide variety of topics including behavioral health, addictive disease, trauma, wellness, stress, and self-care. As a priest and licensed psychotherapist he brings a well-rounded view of healthy living through spirituality and psychology to clergy and religious.
Father Flavin was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston in 1987. He received graduate degrees from Saint John's Seminary, Boston, and Boston College, with post-graduate studies at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. For twenty years, Father Flavin served inner city parishes in Boston followed by five years in the Vicar for Clergy Office under Cardinal Sean O’Malley.
Father Flavin is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and holds a Certificate in Internet Addiction and the Psychology of the Web. His work has been featured in “Newsweek”, CBS’s “60 Minutes”, and “Salt and Light” TV.
When making travel plans, please be aware that we begin at 4:00 p.m. on Monday and end at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Free Shuttle to and from BWI Airport and Amtrak Train Station, provided by the Conference Center. Free parking at the Conference Center/Hotel for the full length of the Convention!