Clergy Support

Clergy Gatherings

 MANDATORY EVENTS:
Convocation      +      Study Days     +       Annual Retreat
** STRONGLY ENCOURAGED EVENTS:     
Priestly Ordinations for the Archidiocese        +       Deanery Meetings        +       Funerals of brother priests
Chrism Mass (afternoon of reflection, Mass,and dinner).  Recurring date:  The Thursday preceding Holy Thursday each year.
Mass for Deceased Priests at Holy Cross Mausoleum. Recurring date: The Friday following All Souls Day each year.
Jubiliarian Celebratin (Vespers & Dinner): The Wednesday following Mother’s Day each year.
*** ENCOURAGED EVENTS:
Advent and Lenten Days of Recollection     +    Thanksgiving      +      St. John Vianney Luncheon for Retired Priests
Priest Day at St. Patrick Seminary (Fraternal Gathering & Mass for Priests in the Bay Area) – Recurring date: The Tuesday before
Priests’ September Enrichment / Social Day –  Recurring date: The Second Wednesday in September.
**** OPTIONAL EVENTS:
Archbishop’s Advent Party – Recurring date: The Sunday preceding Christmas Eve (a week earlier if the 24th is on a Monday).
Diaconal Ordinations for the Archdiocese
 “All priests serving in the Archdiocese are required to make a retreat each year. [Canon 276] Any priest with an Archdiocesan assignment who wishes to make other retreat arrangements is to notify the Vicar for Clergy regarding his proposal.  Funding for the Retreats will be taken from Archdiocesan funds set aside for this purpose” (Priest Personnel Policy 3420).

Clergy and Parish Forms and Documents

Letters Of Good Standing Requests For Priests Of The Archdiocese Of San Francisco

Due to limited staffing in our office: LGS requests are accepted a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your event. You must have completed VIRTUS within 2.5 years. You will be required to enter your VIRTUS completion date to request an LGS. LGS are prepared only on Wednesdays.

Request for Letter of Good Standing

Letters of Good Standing for Visiting Clergy

  1. A Letter of Good Standing printed on Diocese or Provincial letterhead stationery and embossed with their Seal is required, whenever a visiting priest is expected for one-time ministry, supply ministry, or overnight visits (no ministry) within the boundaries of the Archdiocese.
  2. The Archdiocese of San Francisco requires a current and specifically worded Letter of Good Standing (LGS), to include effective dates, location, being able to work with minors, and purpose of their visit from the visitor’s Provincial or Bishop (see sample form below). You may forward by email the sample LGS form on to your visiting priest when you are making initial arrangements with him. Ask him to forward the form to his Bishop or Provincial to be completed and signed.
  3. A copy of the signed LGS should then be emailed back to you/your staff and emailed to Vicar for Clergy, Fr. Spyrow at vicarforclergy@sfarch.org. Once Fr. Spyrow reviews the Letter of Good Standing, he will stamp it with his “Approval”, granting temporary faculties or “Not Approved”. A copy of the Letter of Good Standing will be sent to the parish the priest is visiting and the Dioceses or provincial with his decision.

    If there are any questions, please contact the Office of the Vicar for Clergy at 415-614-5611.
Compliance and Celebret

FOR ALL PRIESTS SERVING IN THE ARCHDIOCESE 30 DAYS OR MORE,
THREE COMPLIANCE STEPS MUST BE UNDERTAKEN:

  1. Safe Environment Training (needs to be renewed every 3 years):  VIRTUS Online
  2. Safe Environment Guidelines and Appendices for Distribution
  3. Livescan FIngerprinting Form 2021 (Priest, Deacons, Seminarians)
  4. Livescan Fingerprinting Locations


CLERGY WHO ARE IN COMPLIANCE MAY REQUEST A CELEBRET CARD BELOW

(Celebret machine is currently broken. We are unable to provide a plastic card, however a 3 month hand written card is available.)

Benefits & Compensation

BENEFITS

COMPENSATION


FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT
(Note:  Deadline passed Nov. 22, 2019.  FY 2020)


BENEFITS AVAILABLE AT 65 YEARS OF AGE

  • Medicare Part A enrollment (Hospital coverage) – Contact Social Security Office prior to your 65th Birthday.
  • Medicare Part B enrollment (80% Medical coverage) – Contact Vicar for Clergy Office, 415-614-5611.
  • Medicare Part D enrollment (Drug coverage) – Contact Vicar for Clergy Office, 415-614-5611.
  • Medicare Supplemental plan (20% Medical coverage) – Contact Vicar for Clergy Office, 415-614-5611.
  • Kaiser Senior Advantage enrollment (Call 877-588-5739 or kp.org/seniors before the end of prior month of coverage)
Ongoing Formation

New Pastor ADSF Training Program Videos

[ask Vicar for Clergy office for the password]


homiletic resources

previous study days presentations and handouts

previous advent day


sabbaticals:

Note: Forms and notices are in PDF format.  If unable to open, download FREE ADOBE ACROBAT READER

Retirement Planning

Being a priest is a life-long commitment.  After dedicating their lives to the Church, many retired priests continue to serve the people in our community.  We currently care for nearly 300 retired priests who have faithfully served our Church.  The Annual Appeal supplements the cost of maintaining our retirement home for priests at Serra Clergy House.
(please contact Rachel Alvelais, if you’d like to arrange for a tour/dinner at Serra Clergy House)

RETIREMENT PLANNING

MEDICARE INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE AT 65 YEARS OF AGE

  • Medicare Part A enrollment (Hospital coverage) 

                                                                       (Contact Social Security Office prior to your 65th Birthday)

  • Medicare Part D enrollment (Drug coverage) – Contact Vicar for Clergy Office, 415-614-5611.
  • Medicare Supplemental plan (20% Medical coverage) – Contact Vicar for Clergy Office, 415-614-5611
  • Kaiser Senior Advantage enrollment

(Call 877-588-5739 or kp.org/seniors before the end of prior month of coverage)

ESTATE PLANNING

CARE MANAGEMENT

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS 

Note: Forms and notices are in PDF format.  If unable to open, download FREE ADOBE ACROBAT READER

Clergy Directory

Fr. Gregory Heidenblut, OSA
Director Of Ongoing Formation Of Priests
Office of Ongoing Formation for Priests, Office of the Vicar for Clergy
Office of Ongoing Formation for Priests
Office of Ongoing Formation for Priests
1 PETER YORKE WAY
SAN FRANCISCO, California 94109
Office of the Vicar for Clergy
1 PETER YORKE WY
SAN FRANCISCO, California 94109