Chaplain’s Corner

Notes from the National Chaplain

Fr. Hanifin

Dear Catholic Scouters,

Each year at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop‘s Meetings the NCCS and Bishop Robert Guglielmone, NCCS Episcopal Liaison hosts a breakfast for the Catholic Bishops. This year the event was held on November 16th. Approximately 80 bishops attended. We were fortunate to honor three bishops at our event in gratitude for their support of Catholic Scouting. A special set of NCCS cufflinks were awarded to Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger and Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano for their support of the National Catholic Committee on scouting. Bishop Daniel Conlan, of the Diocese of Joliet was award the Silver Saint George for his participation in the Saint George Trek as well as his support of Catholic Scouting in his diocese.

We are nearly a year away from the Boy Scouts of America 2017 National Jamboree. The NCCS will be asked to provide approximately 20 priests to serve as Jamboree Chaplains. Chaplains work in various areas including Subcamp Chaplains, Headquarters Chaplains, Faith and Belief Chaplains, Hospital Chaplains, program areas Chaplains just to name a few. Catholic duties include celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, offer counseling and guidance to scouts and Scouters. The National Jamboree will be held at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia from July 19 to July 28, 2017. If you are interested in being a National Jamboree Catholic chaplain please feel free to contact me at my telephone number: (949) 574-7400 or by email

I would like to announce that the incoming Associate National Chaplain for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting will be Father Joseph Powers of the Diocese of Kansas City - Saint Joseph. Father Joe has been a Jamboree Chaplain and a Region 9 Chaplain. He is a long time member of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and is presently the Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri. He will become the Associate National Chaplain after the 2016 NCCS Biennial Conference in Atlanta.

Father Michael Hanifin
NCCS National Chaplain