200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458                          February 25, 2018

(Photo from 2017 Assembly - Bryan Massingale with Dave Cooper & Bob Bonnot)

A Place Called Home

A place called home, a promise for tommorrow;

A place called home, a vision handed down;

A place called home for all God's sons and daughters;

Where love prevails and peace is ever found,

Where hope can find a human habitation;

God grant us all this grace -- a place called home.

(Verse 3)

- Fr. Jan Michael Joncas

We are grateful to Michael Joncas for his permission to use this song as a "theme song" at AUSCP gatherings.

You can play the song on YouTube at this link:

A Place Called Home




Invitation to Become "Friends" of AUSCP

The AUSCP Friends Group now has 118 members. Please take time to invite your friends to join us!  

The majority of those who have become Friends have done so because of a personal invitation from an AUSCP member.


If you would like a flyer with the information on AUSCP Friends to print out or to email to your friends, send a request to: office@uscatholicpriests.org



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To access the latest information on immigration reform and Action Alerts, click on the JFI logo below:




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Catholic Climate Covenant

Direct link to Homily Resources

Volunteers to to assist with the homily resources would be welcomed; contact Michael Agliardo, SJ: magliardo@jesuits.net


Assembly Presentations Available on Web!

Presentations that were videotaped from AUSCP Assemblies are now available to view on Youtube: 

Assembly Presentations

Links to 2017 Assembly Presentations:

Fr. Bryan Massingale

Jack Jezreel

Archbishop Wilton Gregory  

2018 John XXIII Award Recipients

The e-bulletin of February 11th carried the announcement that one of the two 2018 John XXIII award recipients is Fr. Jay Davidson, (Diocese of Evansville). In this bulletin we are happy to announce that the other recipient is Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In his nomination,  AUSCP member Bob Cushing said: "Richard has been a prophetic witness to all that we stand for long before we began our journey as AUSCP. He has mentored thousands of priests and sisters, men and women inside and outside the church by his writings, his teachings and example. I have known him as a friend and mentor for over 40 years and can testify that his life has born the fruits of the Spirit and has changed the face of the church in the image of John XXIII’s vision of church. " 

We thank Richard for the inspiration, the insights, and the spiritual nourishment that he has provided, and continues to provide, for so many of us in the spirit of Vatican II. 

Congratulations, Richard!

NB. Richard Rohr will give a keynote presentation and conduct a retreat at the 2018 AUSCP Assembly. He recommends that those coming to the Assembly read his book The Naked Now prior to the June Assembly.

 Registration link

Your Assistence, Please!

The AUSCP is trying to develop a database for Diocesan Vicars for Clergy & Directors of Continuing Education for Priests. Would you please help us by sending the names and contact information for those currently serving in your diocese? Send name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to: office@uscatholicpriests.org.  Thank you!

National Catholic Call-In Day for DACA

All DACA recipients will lose their status on March 5th if congress does not act before then. USCCB has announced a National Catholic Call-in Day for Monday, February 26. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to reach your senators and representatives. Ask your legislators to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process.

Catholic Action Day for DACA

Many Catholic groups will rally in Washington, DC on Tuesday, February 27th, to put pressure on legislators to protect DACA recipients. AUSCP member Bishop John Stowe will preside at a Mass. Some participants will risk arrest. Bernie Survil, an AUSCP Founding Father, plans to be among them. More information is available on the PICO website.

 AUSCP Membership Chairs

 Aidan McAleenan and Tulio Ramirez, MXY, are  co-chairs of AUSCP Membership. Aidan is concentrating on expanding membership and Tulio is focusing on membership retention. If you have ideas you would like to share with them on this, please email them: ajmcaleenan@gmail.com, patulio@aol.com.

"How the Catholic church could help lead a gun control movement"

NCR online published an article by Michael O'Loughlin with the above title on February 21, 2018. He believes that If Catholic leaders seriously want to push gun control legislation, they could do it. You can access his article HERE.

Youth Synod Survey

Special thanks to the 241 priests, 31 Friends, and 16 deaf persons who took the Youth Synod Survey. Results will be published at a later date.

   AUSCP Members Publish Books

AUSCP member Alan Phillip, CP, recently announced the publication of his latest book, The Ten Things You Must Do Before You Die. Alan says, "This is a book for all mortals.  It will help the young, the middle aged and the elderly find peace with what we all realize is inevitable. This book deals with such important things as forgiving, thanking, expressing love, letting go, etc.  It is a practical book, helping us use our time meaningfully each day. 

AUSCP member Michael Gillgannon has published a memoir of his experiences in the Bolivian mission - Padre Miguel: A Memoir of My Catholic Missionary Experience in Bolivia Amidst Postcolonial Transformation of Church and State.

Both books are available from Amazon.

Annual Appeal

Special thanks to the 233 donors who have responded to the Annual Appeal. We have reached $70,000! We hope to hear from more of you.Please be generous in your response so we can continue to expand the work of AUSCP!

 Parish Tithe Received

The AUSCP sends gratitude and thanks to St. Mary's Church in Jefferson, Massachusetts for a generous tithing donation to the AUSCP. The pastor is AUSCP member Timothy Brewer.

If your parish tithes its Sunday collection and sends a monthly donation to various organizations, please consider putting the AUSCP on the list of recipients.  Thanks!






Can We Still Attract and Grow Disciples?


Sr. Katarina Schuth, OSF - "The Relationship Between Church & Culture: Prospects for Effective Evangelization of Younger Catholics"

  Bishop Robert McElroy -   "Pastoral Theology for a Post-Modern World"

 Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM -"Action &  Contemplation Toward   Discipleship in a  Secular Age"

In addition, Fr. Rohr will conduct a retreat day on Wednesday, June 27th.

Early Bird Special! 

Register by check by March 31, 2018 and pay $475.

Send check to:  AUSCP

200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458

 Online cost $495 - Registration link

Hotel Link: Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid

($112 per night; book by June 4, 2018)

Marriott Pyramid North: 505-821-3333

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