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Founder of Campus Ministry
Archdiocese of La Paz
Founder and Director of Campus Ministry
Archdiocese of La Paz , Bolivia
Diocese of Kansas City-St
San Antonio Parish
Founder and Director of Campus Ministry
honorary doctorate degree
the College of the Holy Cross
Rev. Michael J. Gillgannon, Founder of Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of La Paz, will share his views of the ongoing political contest in Bolivia.Reverend Michael J. GillgannonMissionary Priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St.JosephRev. Michael J. Gillgannon is the Founder and Director of Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of La Paz, Bolivia.He also serves as Chaplain to the State University of La Paz and the La Paz Teachers' College.Ordained in 1958, Fr. Gillgannon began his career in campus ministry in 1962 at Western Missouri State University.In 1966, he served on the advisory committee of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference for the post-Vatican II reorganization of Catholic Campus Ministry in the United States.Since 1974, he has worked as a missionary priest in La Paz, serving as Pastor of San Antonio Parish, as Archdiocesan Director of Pastoral Planning, and as National Chaplain for Bolivian Campus Ministry.
"America's Back Porch Is no longer in its Back Pocket" with Father Michael Gillgannon
Father Michael Gillgannon is a Catholic Priest of the KC-St. Joseph Diocese. He served 38 years as a missionary in Bolivia, and co-founded the Campus Ministry at the State Univ. of La Paz. He will discuss recent, historic changes in the politics, culture and religion in Latin America that call for our serious review to get beyond the cold-war narratives of fifty years ago.
Reverend Michael J. Gillgannon
Missionary Priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and Rev. Michael J. Gillgannon is the Founder and Director of Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of La Paz, Bolivia. He also serves as Chaplain to the State University of La Paz and the La Paz Teachers' College. Ordained in 1958, Fr. Gillgannon began his career in campus ministry in 1962 at Western Missouri State University. In 1966, he served on the advisory committee of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference for the post-Vatican II reorganization of Catholic Campus Ministry in the United States. Since 1974, he has worked as a missionary priest in La Paz, serving as Pastor of San Antonio Parish, as Archdiocesan Director of Pastoral Planning, and as National Chaplain for Bolivian Campus Ministry.
Father Michael Gillgannon speaks with Frank Neff who attended the priest's June 14 talk on conditions inside Bolivia. But Father Michael Gillgannon, a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St.Joseph and a missionary to Bolivia since 1974, said in a lecture at the Catholic Chancery June 14 that he strongly doubts that democracy can survive in the South American nation. "They have no model for it," said Father Gillgannon, who came to the U.S. to receive an honorary doctorate degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.Shortly after his return to the U.S.Father Gillgannon's brother, Msgr.
Michael GillgannonFather Michael J. Gillgannon, a widely respected missionary priest of the diocese of Kansas City-St. "You appear to me and many priests of my generation who lived the Spirit filled days of Vatican II," wrote Gillgannon, "as one whose task is to reverse the changes of that great event. You have given the impression that your changes were for the sake of a narrow 'orthodoxy' which seems to imply that the bishops and priests and laity before you were not orthodox." Ordained in 1958, Gillgannon began his career in campus ministry in 1962 at Western Missouri State University. In 1966, he served on the advisory committee of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference for the post-Vatican II reorganization of Catholic Campus Ministry in the United States. Since 1974, he has worked as a missionary in La Paz, serving as pastor of San Antonio Parish, as episcopal vicar of the Eastern Deanery of La Paz, and as national chaplain for Bolivian Campus Ministry. He is the founder and director of campus ministry for the La Paz, Bolivia Archdiocese and and occasional writer for NCR. Rev. Michael J. Gillgannon Perhaps because Father Gillgannon has entered into senior life and is in the closing years of his career, he obviously feels he has nothing to lose. Still, I applaud his guts but doubt if his actions will inspire younger priests, who still have their entire lives ahead of them, to follow his example. It would be interesting to know what happened to the careers of the Boston Priests who banned together by signing that letter of, "No Confidence" against Cardinal Bernard Law. reply Fr. Gillgannon simply Fr. Gillgannon simply describes the extreme polarization within the Catholic church. I suppose it is naive to use the terms 'conservative' and 'liberal', yet they come close to describing his letter to his bishop. Fr. Michael Gillgannon, Bravo Fr. Michael Gillgannon, Bravo and a BIG thank you. I can only say Amen to everything Father Gillgannon says. We would have a much better and credible Catholic Church if more people like Rev. Gillgannon send letters to their bishops expressing their concerns. Bishops are living in another world, far away from us, here on planet earth. reply Bravo, Fr. Gillgannon. Bravo. Submitted by Susanne (not verified) on Sep. 15, 2009. Bravo, Fr. Gillgannon. Bravo. reply Why is Father Gillgannon not Submitted by Bro Jimbo (not verified) on Sep. 15, 2009. Why is Father Gillgannon not a bishop or a cardinal archbisop in our church?. A pastor is a uniter, not a divider. He uses dialogue to discover truth, not orders that demand fealty. He is an authoity in the sense of author, creator, innovator. He is not an authoritarian, a bully. Bravo, Rev. Michael J. Gillgannon, for speaking the Truth so clearly. God Bless you, Fr. Michael Gillgannon, for speaking out and questioning your bishop. I agree with Fr. Gillgannon. I agree with Fr. Gillgannon. Bravo for you courage Father Gillgannon and I hope you recuperate fully to have many years yet to serve the Lord in Truth and honesty. I appreciate and applaud the courage of Fr. Michael Gillgannon to speak to his bishop openly and honestly. I hope Bishop Finn listens to him carefully, tries to understand what is going on, and begins a heart to heart dialogue with Fr. Gillgannon. Fr. Gillgannon deserves that from his Bishop. Cudos to Rev Gillgannon! I hope more priests and laity (I am beginning to feel that there is a very silent majority in the church) will follow Rev. Gillgannon's model and approach and begin to speak out and to encourage a faithful dialogue about the way Jesus taught us. Regarding the undermining of the documents of Vatican II which Rev. Gillgannon alludes, it seems to me that there are several bishops in the United States who have taken it upon themselves to reverse these teachings. Thank you, Fr. Gillgannon, Thank you, Fr. Gillgannon, for your direct and insightful letter to Bishop Finn. Thank you Father Gillgannon. Don't get me wrong, I think many of the points that Fr. Gillgannon are valid, I just disagree with his tactics on addressing them. Father Gillgannon merely acknowledged the elephant in the room - something the majority of our bench of bishops have been too cowardly to do. Father Gillgannon is a true prophet who speaks publicly, as God calls the prophet to do. Thank you, Father Gillgannon, Submitted by MaryJean (not verified) on Sep. 15, 2009. Thank you, Father Gillgannon, for your courage in "speaking truth to power. Giod bless Father Gillgannon. Giod bless Father Gillgannon. He truly hears the cry of the poor! God bless you, Father Gillgannon, and thank you for being the face of Christ the Good Shepherd. Many of the faithful have been near despair over the punitive and divisive atmosphere that has poisoned the Catholic community of faith. Contrary to your assertion, Father Gillgannon is exercising his proper role in the prophetic ministry of the people of God in general, but also as part of his priestly ministry - a sacramental grace of the ordained. He was both truthful and respectful even when expressing disagreement... unlike yourself. A profound prayer of gratitude and celebration for Fr. Gillgannon for speaking his truth! I heartily agree with the words and tone of this letter and would that all of us had the courage to speak our hearts like Fr Gillgannon did. Father Gillgannon has avoided such nit-picking and gone directly to the issue that truly matters... the damage being done to God's people who are the Church. Fr. Gillgannon, thank you for Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sep. 15, 2009. Fr. Gillgannon, thank you for your courageous words of truth. I am of the generation of non-ordained professional ministers mentored by men like Fr. Gillgannon. I (and I am sure many others) have been waiting for these men of integrity to start speaking up so that we too may join our voices with theirs. While they shaped us in a collaborative way, they educated us enough to know that power still resides in the ordained ministry. So the first voices need to be the voices of the men who helped shape a Roman Catholic community centered in Tradition and the documents of Vatican II. Perhaps now that Fr. Gillgannon has spoken his brother priests will follow. It would be nice to see some of the courage and integrity that sparked my desire to "go and do likewise" once again. God keep Fr. Gillgannon in the palm of God's hand. Thank you, Father. Thank you Fr. Gillgannon for Submitted by george1960 (not verified) on Sep. 15, 2009. Thank you Fr. Gillgannon for your reasoned and polite letter to your bishop.
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