Reflections from Robert

Important announcements and communications directly from our CEO Robert Seelig to all CFCS team members.

Our World is Crying…Telling Our Story

Our World is Crying…Telling Our Story

Hi Everyone, I write you this message this morning as I fly at 32,000 feet from San Francisco to Chicago to attend Catholic Extension’s Mission Bishops Conference. It is a beautiful morning filled with sunlight and clear skies above the clouds. This is an event held...

Conversations from Boulder

Conversations from Boulder

Hi Everyone, I hope you are enjoying the final weeks of summer! I thought it would be good this month to report back to you conversations that occurred a few weeks ago as we gathered all of our cemetery directors from around the country in Boulder, Colorado for a...

Opening the “Door” to Christ

Opening the “Door” to Christ

Hi Everyone, It was just two weeks ago that we celebrated Mass with Archbishop Vigneron in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Today I am writing you from the Archdiocese of San Juan in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico means “rich harbor." This is the first diocese in the Western...

Day 95 and Counting Down: Centering Ourselves

Day 95 and Counting Down: Centering Ourselves

Hi Everyone, Wow, we have broken the 100-day window in our countdown! Just yesterday the CDC said that all those who are vaccinated can remove their masks when they meet with each other in a close environment. Experts are also saying that in the next two months there...

Day 125 and Counting Down: Lent and Our Shared Journey

Day 125 and Counting Down: Lent and Our Shared Journey

Hi Everyone, I hope each of you is doing well. Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent. I don’t know about you, but it feels like we’ve been on a Lenten journey these last 11 months. For me, it makes it a bit harder to enter into Lent this year, as we’ve all been...

Day 180 Countdown: We are Grateful for Signs of Hope

Day 180 Countdown: We are Grateful for Signs of Hope

Hi everyone, In this season of Advent, I hope that I can be a bearer of good news. We have climbed a mountain during the pandemic and I believe we are starting to see the horizon in the valley below us. I say this 275 days after I first took to writing a daily...

Day 231: Being Grounded…Finding Beauty in Our Midst

Day 231: Being Grounded…Finding Beauty in Our Midst

Hi Everyone, Today is All Souls Day, one of the great feast days in the Catholic Church and especially important for each of us in our work. I love this day because we pray to God for all those that have passed from this life to the next. We also ask them to pray for...

Day 185: What Have We Accomplished?

Day 185: What Have We Accomplished?

Hi Everyone, Well, yesterday marked an anniversary of sorts. It has been exactly six months since the first official shelter-in-place order was implemented. As I spoke to our management team yesterday, I found myself wanting to point out accomplishments and successes,...

Day 149: Small Faith Communities

Day 149: Small Faith Communities

Hi Everyone, I hope you are doing well this week. I realize that we are still in the middle of what feels like a never-ending pandemic. In fact, it seems like we are getting used to this. Well, kind of… The last two weeks, I’ve asked you to open you hearts to consider...

Day 136: Your Work is Prayer in Action

Day 136: Your Work is Prayer in Action

Hi Everyone, Do you ever think of your work as “Prayer in Action?” I bring this up today because I believe that everyone of us is being “engaged” by God daily. We don’t always know how, and some days we may not feel up to the task. In fact, it is only rare that we get...

Finding Solace in a Cemetery, National Catholic Register

Finding Solace in a Cemetery, National Catholic Register

SOURCE: National Catholic Register Death is never easy, but through our faith we have the promise of everlasting life and peace. A few years ago, I found solace in a place I had avoided since my father’s suicide 50 years ago: a cemetery. My father was only 37 years...

Day 122: What’s in CFCS for me?

Day 122: What’s in CFCS for me?

Hi Everyone, Well, today marks four months since I started this column. Not exactly a milestone of achievement, except that I am happy to report that we are moving forward with CFCS programs that began before the pandemic.  I don’t know about you, but during the...

Mission in Confinement…Confusion and Blessings Abound

Mission in Confinement…Confusion and Blessings Abound

Hi Everyone, If the frequency of my messages are any indicator of the busyness of CFCS, you can see that I am down to getting one message out per week. While we still work in confinement, June marks the beginning of new phases and stages around the country. I promise...

Elevating Our Mission

Elevating Our Mission

Hi Everyone, I have both good news and disappointing news to share with you this today.  First, I want to share with you a realization that I had over the Memorial Day weekend. It was a hard few days, as I realized that it is time that I embrace each new day as...

The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us

Hi Everyone, For all of us working in Catholic cemeteries, the words “Holy Ground” have often represented the physical place that we bury the dead. Today I’d like you to consider expanding this understanding. One of the great spiritual writers of the past 50 years in...

Is it Tuesday?

Is it Tuesday?

Hi Everyone, How many of us forget what day of the week it is? I don’t know how it is for you, but I’ve been looking back at the last 8 weeks trying to figure out how my routine has changed. There isn’t a week that goes by that my wife and I have to remind ourselves...