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Living in the Present – Today’s Town Hall

Living in the Present – Today’s Town Hall

I just wanted to follow-up today’s town hall with a copy of the recording: CFCS National Town Hall April 7, 2020. John Miller was kind enough to break it into two recordings, the presentation by Dr. Jim Langley, followed by a recording of the Mass and my short...

Dealing with the Crisis During Holy Week

Dealing with the Crisis During Holy Week

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. As we begin Holy Week, we have heard many warnings that this will be a painful week during the pandemic due to the increasing loss of life. This is certainly a hard time for each of us, as we all know too well the personal...

Blocking and Tackling

Blocking and Tackling

I was struck this morning by the look of weariness that I saw on the face of staff as I had 20 people join me for a Zoom “coffee” meeting to start the week. I thought to myself, how do I bring a sense of hope to a team that looks out on the horizon and is bracing for...

The Optimist

The Optimist

For many of you, the workweek is coming to it’s Friday conclusion. After our town hall meeting yesterday, I thought it important to share a favorite quote from Prime Minister Winston Churchill who led Britain through World War II.  “The pessimist sees difficulty in...

Truth, Beauty and Goodness

Truth, Beauty and Goodness

Hi Everyone, My message today is shorter than usual. It struck me that we are going to be hearing a lot of bad and negative news over the next few days. First, the death toll in the US was the highest yet yesterday, and it will continue to rise daily over the next...

With a Little Help From Your Friends

With a Little Help From Your Friends

Hi Everyone, This week I have been talking about social connection and social solidarity. I am reminded of how important friends are. As events around us get stressful, I need to remind myself to focus on the positive and to do those things that will make some...

Our Blessings Are Abundant: Message from Robert Seelig

Our Blessings Are Abundant: Message from Robert Seelig

Hi Everyone, It is Friday afternoon on what has been an exhausting week for me and so many of you…It dawned on me that weekly communication to everyone in CFCS is not enough. We are going to try to increase this to daily communication for those who just want to feel a...

A Message from CFCS CEO, Robert Seelig

A Message from CFCS CEO, Robert Seelig

Hi Everyone, I wanted to let everyone know that I will be providing weekly communication about topics relating to the impact of the coronavirus to our work in Catholic cemeteries and funeral services around the United States. This message and others will be posted...

CFCS Capital: Investing in Our Catholic Ministry

CFCS Capital: Investing in Our Catholic Ministry

During our Mission Elevation Conference in Orlando, I announced that CFCS has received financial backing by a new organization called CFCS Capital (here is a link to my presentation called “Raising the Golden Goose…”).  For many, this announcement might sound like we...

An Evangelization Opportunity

An Evangelization Opportunity

Pope Francis has called on all of us to be a Church “capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a Church which accompanies them on their journey; a Church able to make sense of the ‘night’ contained in the flight of so many of...

Creating Jobs

Creating Jobs

Here I am in the midst of my travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico. I started to think about our mission here at CFCS, and it has occurred to me that we have become a creator of hundreds of new jobs between our Pleasanton Resource Center and in the various dioceses within...