October 25, 2020
"If every human being possesses an inalienable dignity, If all people are my brothers and sisters, and if the world truly belongs to everyone, then it matters little whether my neighbor was born in my country or elsewhere."
- Fratelli Tutti, #125
Prayer for Elections 2020
Loving God, as our November 2020 Election Day approaches, send your Spirit into the hearts of all.
Lead everyone to seek candidates who respect others, who desire good for our nation, for mother earth; those who would bring hope for the most vulnerable, the poor, the oppressed, the immigrant, and victims of violence.
May all voters be open to choosing those government officials who willl lead our country in the path to peace, justice and healing.
Loving God, enable us to have sure and fair elections for all. We ask this in the name of Jesus and the power of the Spirit. Amen.
- Carol Pothast, osf
Catholic Climate Covenant Voting Pledge
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2020 Assembly Presentations Online
Assembly presentations by Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ, John Carr, Archbishop John Wester, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, and Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, are now online. The links can be found on the AUSCP website:
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A new film about Pope Francis, "Francesco", will have its North American premiere Oct. 25 as part of the SCAD Savannah Film Festival. Those wishing to take part in the Savannah event can buy a ticket for $5.00 virtually This gives a six-day window to stream the film at home. More Information is
available from NCR's article by Joshua J. McElwee, 10/21/20: New film offers moving portrait of Pope's personal impacts.
White Fragility Series Concludes
A total of 115 persons participated in the 6-part discussion series on the book White Fragility by Robin Diangelo, facilitated by Fr. John Judie and Susan Sherman. Participants expressed gratitude for the insights and experiences they gleaned from the discussions. In answer to the question "Where do we go from here?" which was the topic of session six on October 19th, participants received a 4-page list of possible books, videos, websites, and articles that could be helpful in continuing to educate
ourselves on white supremacy/privelege. A copy of this is attached to this e-bulletin.
To view a brief video of a 5-year-old's plea against racism, click below:
A Child’s Heartfelt Appeal
Women Deacons Webinar
You are invited to a Zoom meeting about women deacons with Dr. Phyllis Zagano. Phyllis is an internationally recognized scholar in Catholic studies and women’s roles in the Church. She is an avid advocate of an ordained women’s diaconate. Hosted by Sister Colleen Gibson, SSJ:
Oct. 26, 2020, 7:30 PM Eastern Time
Register for this meeting by clicking HERE.
Fratelli Tutti - On Fraternity & Social Friendship
Resources on the encyclical by Pope Francis:
Links to the full document and to summaries can be found on the AUSCP website: AUSCP - HOME
NCR has a series of articles with comments on various aspects of Fratelli Tutti. One of the articles throws out a direct challenge to the Church. In "Fratelli Tutti: Papal dreams or Vatican diversion?" (NCR online 10/19/20), Ilia Delio says:
The irony of his message is that the Roman Catholic Church is the most homophobic institution in the world today. With a plea for human solidarity and fraternity, the pope seeks to establish equity in the world, describing a vision of universal brotherhood where "all people are my brothers and sisters, and ... the world truly belongs to everyone."...How do we make sense of this in a church that does not regard women as equal?
You can read the article HERE.
AUSCP member Fr. Donald Fenske (Age 88) of the Archdiocese of Chicago died Oct. 12, 2020. His obituary says: He was a loving and caring human being not only to his family,
friends and congregation but to everyone he met. He truly had a servant's heart and it was evident throughout his life. He was loved by many and he will be truly missed.
AUSCP member Fr. Tom Tunney (Age 85), Congregation of the Holy Spirit, died Oct. 14, 2020. For 35 years, he served in various pastoral capacities in East Africa - Pastor, Formator of seminarians, Seminary Rector, Superior of the region, and Rector of the Spiritan Theology House in Nairobi, Kenya.
After returning to the U.S. in 1996, Fr. Tom served as Director of the Spiritan Foundation in Wheaton, Maryland, Pastor of St. Mark the Evangelist in Harlem, NY and until his retirement, as Parochial Vicar to Our Lady Queen of Peace in Arlington, VA.
May they rest in God's eternal love.
Prayer Service for Unity & Nonviolence
AUSCP will offer an online prayer service on Wednesday, November 4, time TBD. This post-election prayer service will emphasize the need for unity and healing. Details will be posted soon at: AUSCP - HOME
Catholic Voting Resources
Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought & Public Life presents: Election 2020: The Moral and Public Obligations of Winners, Losers, and the Rest of Us
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 12:30 - 1:30 pm EDT
Livestreamed online, Link to RSVP: bit.ly/3kjssL9
Participants: Christine Emba, an opinion columnist and editor for the Washington Post; Joe Goldman, the president of Democracy
Fund; Cherie Harder, the president of the Trinity Forum and former special assistant to President George W. Bush; and Denis McDonough, the former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama.
Election Tuesdays: AUSCP invites you to spend time every Tuesday preparing to vote on Tuesday, November 3rd: https://auscp.org/2020-election/
Spanish Translations: Thanks to AUSCP Leadership Team member Tulio Ramirez, many of these materials are now available in Spanish. To obtain an electronic copy, send a request to him at: email@example.com
If you have suggestions for articles or information to post, send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Leingang, Communications/Media
AUSCP Upcoming Webinars
Please register for the webinars that are of interest to you and we will send you the Zoom link the day before the event. All webinars are free at the present time. The next webinars are listed below. You can register for any of the webinars by clicking HERE.
Monday, Oct. 26, 4 PM ET, Caring for People and Our Planet: Living Laudato Si - Thou Shalt Not Kill: Go Green
Dr. Gerry Gacioch, head cardiologist at Rochester Regional Health and USCCB Climate Change Ambassador, will host this webinar. He will explore with us how to live the "green" commandments contained in Pope Francis' encyclical so our planet's heartbeat will be healthy now and long into the future.
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 3 PM ET: From Just war to Just Peace: A Transformation in Catholic Teaching
Most Catholics are not aware of the remarkable advances in the teaching and practice of nonviolent peacemaking. For more than 60 years the prophetic shift from Just Wartheory to the vision and practice of ‘Just Peace’ has been gaining credibility and proving its effectiveness especially in war torn countries. Eli McCarthy, teacher of peace (Georgetown U), will share a summary of this important evolution and its implications for our Church and our lives.
Wednesday, November 18, 4 PM ET: Celebrating Dorothy Day on the 40th Anniversary of her life and death.
This webinar will remember and celebrate what Dorothy Day believed and what she started in the course of her life: The Catholic Worker. The webinar will feature Dr. Joseph Torma, Ph.D., Catholic Social Teaching Professor and Founder of a Catholic Worker House in Alliance OH, and Sr. Catherine Walsh, CSA, who served in El Salvador during their Civil War and
founded the Akron Catholic Worker in 1999.
More to come!
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Annual Appeal Launched!
The Annual Appeal mailing was sent out the week of October 11th to coincide with the feastday of Pope St. John XXIII and the opening date of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. Thank you to 62 who have already responded, with total donations of $17,270.
The Annual Appeal is the main source of income for the AUSCP! This year's goal is $150,000 from 500 donors. We need the support of all who believe in furthering the spirit of Vatican II and the agenda of Pope Francis. If you know any persons who are possible supporters of the AUSCP, please approach them for a donation.
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Many AUSCP members and friends have enjoyed a free subscription to La Croix this past year. We have renewed the AUSCP Group Subscription so that you can continue to enjoy the writings of Robert Mickens, Massimo Faggioli, and others through the informative articles published in La Croix. We have sent the link to all Members who are current in their dues and to our Friends. If you think you should have received it and did not, please let us know: email@example.com.
Changes in Membership Dues
The AUSCP LT has decided to change the schedule and structure of membership dues. Beginning in January of 2021, members will be asked to renew in the month of January for the calendar year. Because of this, anyone who is due to renew between now and then can renew at $25 (or more) until January 1, 2021, when a new dues structure will be put in place.
Mark your calendar!
The 10th ANNUAL AUSCP ASSEMBLY
Minneapolis, MN: JUNE 21-24, 2021
Where do we go from here?
2021 Retreat Day will be led by Jan Michael Joncas.
Speakers include: Michael Sean Winters, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, and Bishop William Wack
Contemplative Reflector: Sr. Margie Klein, SSND
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