200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458                          March 11, 2018

A Place Called Home

A place called home, for ev'ry human being; 

A place called home, where arms are open wide;

A place called home, where all extend the welcome;

Where none are lost, alone, or cast aside,

But members of a single human fam'ly.

God grant us grace to build a place called home.

(Verse 4)

- 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 119 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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Parish Tithing

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


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





To access information on care of creation and Laudato Si', click below:

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  

Catholic Day of Action for Dreamers

  AUSCP members Bishop John Stowe and Fr. Bernie Survil joined several hundred others in Washington, DC, on February 27th to plead for legislative action to protect the Dreamers, immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Bishop Stowe celebrated a Mass for the group and later offered prayer in the Russell Building Rotunda as the demonstrators gathered there. When the police asked the group to disperse, Bernie Survil was among those who remained and was one of 42 who were arrested. All were later released. You can access articles about the event at: AUSCP - HOME NCR onlinePICO website

Also noteworthy On February 23rd, Catholic News Service distributed an article about Catholic voices speaking out ahead of the March 5th DACA deadline. The story included two paragraphs about the AUSCP, and a third paragraph about Father Gary Graf. A link is on the AUSCP Immigration page.

In the Diocese of Wilmington, AUSCP member Fr John Hynes & several other clergy visited and/or spoke with the mayor of Wilmington, New Castle County executive, and Governor of Delaware to urge continuance of their practice of not having local & state police enforce immigration law. They also put an article in the editorial page of the Wilmington newspaper. 

Thank you for your courageous actions and prophetic witness!

Reclaiming CatholicSupport of Unions

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed an  amicus curiae brief in the case Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). According to an editorial in ncronline, "At issue in this case is whether a public employee can benefit from the work of contract negotiation and enforcement a union performs on his behalf without paying for it. Unions are legally required to negotiate on behalf of all workers, whether those workers belong to the union or not. The union must represent them in any contract enforcement decisions." 

To find out why this case is very important, click HERE.

Fr. Clete Kiley spoke on this case at a February 24th rally with union workers. You can access a video of his remarks on the importance of "Solidarity" HERE.

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!

  AUSCP Member Publishes Helpful Book

AUSCP member Fr. Jan Michael Joncas has published a book which gives an account of his bout with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. He says, "I wrote it to be of help to those facing catastrophic or chronic illness and those who care for them."  The title is: On Eagle's Wings: A Journey through Illness toward Healing (New London, CT: 23rd Publications, 2017) ISBN: 978-1-62785-215-9.

   Member Jim Henke, Retired (sort of) Rancher,          of San Antonio TX - by Bob Bonnot

Jim Henke is a good case study of how priests can respond to Pope Francis' recently published guidelines for clergy who retire: 

  • lead simple lives
  • renounce any desire for power and strip yourself of it
  • have no pretense of being indispensable
  • have a new life project marked by austerity, humility, prayer, reading, and readiness to provide pastoral services
  • be humble and serve humbly: pray, say Mass, perform sacraments, fill in for ill priests
  • hear confessions, help with the fish fry.

In short, continue to be a parish priest. 

In my travels I am meeting many interesting and inspiring priests, among them Jim Henke, one of our few members in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, TX. Born in '39, ordained in '66, Monsignored in '91, retired in 2010, Jim has had a varied career. He served as a vicar and pastor in 10 different parishes; spent 25 years as a chaplain in the Army National Guard, attaining the rank of Colonel; earned  a Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Counseling in 1988 and became a Tribunal Judge; was a Dean and a member of the Presbyteral Council. He currently serves as a Catholic Relief Services preacher and regularly assists his fellow priests so they can get away.

On weekdays Jim is a cattle rancher. He grew up on a farm, the second oldest of eight children. He lives on a modest spread on top of a hill, taking care of a herd of 20 or so cattle, plus calves. It's a good place to pray with the morning sun, read through the day, live with nature, and sleep soundly. As he once had the smell of the sheep, Jim now has the smell of his cows -- a gentle and peaceful smell.

If you have a story of an interesting retiree member of AUSCP, please send it along. Every story inspires others to transition from active assigned ministry to active retired ministry in keeping with Pope Francis recent guidelines. Jim was already there!

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Annual Appeal

Special thanks to the 241 donors who have responded to the Annual Appeal. We have reached $70,900! We hope to hear from more of you.Please be generous in your response so we can continue to expand the work of AUSCP!






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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