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2017 Fall Newsletter of the Chautauqua Catholic Community


     The 2017 Season was a very rewarding one for the Chautauqua Catholic Community.

We were privileged to have 18 priests join us for the season, some returnees and some newcomers to our program.   A big thank you to our priests in residence.

      A big thank you also to our house managers Deacon Ray and Patt Defendorf, and Deacon Ron and Sylvia Dains who shared the season’s duties.  Next year the Defendorf's will be on board the first half of the season and the Dains will finish out the season.

      A general thank you to all of our other board members and friends who help with the various other programs put on by the CCC and for their time and wisdom on behalf of the CCC.


   Spiritual Advisor- Rev. Todd Remick

   President-Paul Anthony                                     Vice-President-Jane McCarthy

   Secretary- Marilyn Brennan                                 Treasurer-Jeff Lutz

   Social Comm.-TBD                                            Membership-Anne Fox 

   House Committee-Jeanne Hatheway 

   Marcia Bermel, Tony Muir and Ellen Crowley



     Father Gregory Boyle will bring his powerful, inspiring message of mercy and inclusion to Chautauqua when he serves as Chaplain for Week 4 of next season.  A favorite of many Chautauquans, Father Greg will deliver the homily at the Sunday morning service on Sunday, July 15th, and continue his preaching each morning in the Amphitheater during the week.  Known for his warm hugs and infectious smile, Fr. Boyle is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest and most successful gang rehabilitation program in the world. His newest book, “Barking to the Choir: the Power of Radical Kinship”, has just been released this November. His popular previous publication is “Tattoos on the Heart”. Fr. Boyle received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. 

Other priests who will preside as Chaplains in Residence for 2018 include Fathers Tom Nellis and Don Holland of Rochester, NY, Pat Zengierski of Buffalo, NY, James Gillespie of Henderson, NC, and Anthony Ciorra, of Fairfield, Conn.  A full list will be provided as they are confirmed.


Lecture on Polarization

     A highlight of the past summer for the Chautauqua Catholic Community was a lecture by Michael P. McGillicuddy on “Polarization and the American Catholic Community.” A Chicago social worker, McGillicuddy spoke of how the accelerating crisis of polarization in American society is echoed in all faith traditions, including the Catholic faith. He invited those in the audience to engage with this complex problem and offered ideas for moving from polarization to solidarity.  We are hoping to provide the Catholic Community with more provocative lectures in the future.

Tuesday Open Houses 

     Delicious hospitality is on display at the Catholic House every Tuesday afternoon during the Chautauqua summer season. Guests from all over the grounds come to savor the bounty of food and friendships – old and new.
     Cherie Anderson, a member of the board of the Catholic House retired this year and has left a gaping hole as head of our Social Committee.  She has dedicated her time and enthusiasm to organizing these events over the past 12 years.  She has gathered many volunteers from neighboring parishes, who prepare the culinary spreads and help in serving at the Open Houses.  Seen here with the ladies from St. Matthias Parish in Clymer, NY 


   Under the ACCOMMODATIONS tab on our website you will find out how you can qualify for a stay at Catholic House during the season and if you’re a religiously affiliated organization, how can you can rent the house during the off season.

  Clicking on the other tabs on this website will provide you with many of the answers about accommodations and other aspects of our Catholic Community....Mass Times, Theme Weeks, a list of Priests in Residence(when confirmed), and many other items of interest.


      The Chautauqua Catholic Community is a 501(C)3 non-profit religious organization and relies on your tax deductible contributions to bring you 18 priests each season, to provide revenue for house maintenance and upkeep, and for other philanthropic outreaches we provide each year. 

      For those receiving this newsletter by regular mail you will find a self addressed 

envelope in which you can put your year end contribution.

     Those receiving this via email can mail your contribution to the address below:

     The Chautauqua Catholic Community

     P.O. Box 106

     Chautauqua, New York 14722-0106

    As usual we thank you in advance for your continued generosity.

    On behalf of the Board of the Chautauqua Catholic Community, I would like to thank you for your support and participation in all of the events sponsored by the CCC.

We hope you have a Blessed and Fruitful Holiday Season and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2018.

God Bless,

Paul Anthony

Chautauqua Catholic Community















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