200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458                          April 22, 2018


What you see is what you get. What you seek is also what you get.

We mend and renew the world by strengthening inside ourselves what we seek outside ourselves, and not by demanding it of others or trying to force it on others.

- Richard Rohr

The Naked Now, p. 160

If you order The Naked Now from AmazonSmile, (smile.amazon.com), you can benefit AUSCP. (Through Amazon it is $12.30; free shipping for orders over $25; other copies available for as little as $4.95 thru Amazon, with shipping and handling costs added.)





Invitation to Become "Friends" of AUSCP

The AUSCP Friends Group now has 122 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  

AUSCP Priestly Formation Report Gaining Notice

NCR Online published an article by Dan Morris-Young (Apr. 10) and America Magazine published a Catholic News Service story written by Dennis Sadowski (Apr. 13), regarding the AUSCP Priestly Formation document. The latter article included comments from AUSCP member Ron Chochol (Archdiocese of St. Louis) who chaired the Working Group on Priestly Formation. The group was formed after the 2017 AUSCP Assembly chose this as a priority issue for this year. The group met twice per month by Zoom throughout the year, facilitated by AUSCP member Marty Marren (Archdiocese of Chicago).  

Ron Chochol said, in part, "Over the years, I've gotten more and more concerned of the distance that exists between priests and people."  You can access the article in America Magazine HERE.

The NCR article emphasizes the call for seminary training to be based on the pastoral values of Vatican II. To read the article, click HERE.

The report on Priestly Formation was sent to Cardinal Tobin and the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. A response from Cardinal Tobin assured us that the document has been brought to the attention of the working group for the Program of Priestly Formation, Sixth Edition. You can access the full document on the AUSCP webiste: AUSCP - HOME 

Youth Synod Report

A 26-page report has been written based on the answers received from the SurveyMonkey Questionnaire sent out in February. The report has been sent to the members of the USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and to the Youth Synod delegates. The report is available on the AUSCP website: AUSCP - HOME 

Catholic Climate Covenant - Earth Day 2018

Today - April 22, 2018 - marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. This year Catholic Climate Covenant (CCC) focuses on how our overuse of single-use disposable plastics contributes to what Pope Francis calls “the throwaway culture.” Our use of carbon-producing fuels, our reliance on single-use plastics has a devastating impact on God’s creation. 

CCC offers a one-hour program on how we can address, both individually and collectively, the growing problem of single-use plastic. It includes prayers, readings, actions, and a video. You can access the program HERE.

The Earth Day Network also has resources for learning about plastic pollution. Website: https://www.earthday.org/ 

New Book: After the Diagnosis...a Guide for Living

Fr. Tom Lynch and AUSCP Friend Barbara Mariconda, spark a new conversation about suffering and death in their recently released book, After the Diagnosis...a Guide for Living. In so doing, they instill a new sense of the sacredness inherent in the ordinary brokenness of life. The paradox is that in dying to self we become free to love passionately, live joyfully, forgive endlessly, and die freely. The book takes the reality of dying and death beyond simple acceptance to a place of true transformation. The book is available from Amazon. More information is available at:


In Memoriam - John F. Hynes

John F. Hynes,* one of the original 27 AUSCP Founding Fathers, died on Wednesday, April 4, in Davenport, IA.   We received word through AUSCP member Bob McAleer who said John was his closest friend. He said that poor health kept John from attending recent AUSCP Assemblies, "but he was always inquisitive about the workings of AUSCP.  John had a vibrant mind studying scriptures, theology and many subjects to his later years."

Bob went on to say: " So yes, prayers for John but please keep me in thoughts too, since I am to preach at his funeral and now there will be many empty evenings and an empty chair at my table."  Our prayers are with you, Bob.

John's obituary can be found at www.hmdfuneralhome.com

May John rest in God's eternal love.

(*Not to be confused with John M. Hynes of Wilmington, DE)

Nonviolence Presentation by Fr. John Dear

Tiffin, Ohio, where the AUSCP office is located, has launched a campaign to make Tiffin a Nonviolent City. In an effort to promote respect for one another, an invitation was given to students, prisoners, nursing home residents, and others to participate in an art project entitled "Do you see me?" The artwork was on display at a kickoff event on Friday, April 13th, as Fr. John Dear spoke passionately about the need for personal, interpersonal, and global nonviolence. Recalling the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., he quoted: "The choice is not between violence and nonviolence, but between nonviolence and nonexistence." 

Among the almost 200 persons present at the event were six AUSCP members and several Friends. John Dear is pictured here with AUSCP Friend Paulette Schroeder, osf, who co-chairs the Nonviolent Tiffin Campaign with AUSCP Executive Secretary, Jackie Doepker, osf.

Important Information for Assembly Attendees

The 2018 AUSCP Assembly will begin at 4:00 PM on Monday, June 25th, and end by Noon on Thursday, June 28th. The Assembly Registration table for picking up your packets will be open 1:00 - 4:00 PM on Monday and as needed throughout the Assembly.

Transportation from the airport to the Marriott Pyramid North hotel is available from Charter Luxury Services (CLS). Make reservation prior to 06-15-2018 to receive a discounted rate. One-Way Airport Transfer: $19.00; Round Trip Airport Transfer: $28.00. Call 505-738-3100.Online Requests can be submitted at www.charterluxuryservices.com/shuttlereq.

Special rates: For the retreat with Richard Rohr ONLY (Tuesday evening & Wednesday until 3:00 PM) cost is $140; to include the banquet on Wednesday evening cost is $190. For attending the Tuesday evening presentation only, suggested donation is $10. If you have friends in the Albuquerque area, please let them know of this opportunity.

New special: If Assembly registration is made by check by June 1st, cost = $485. Online registration remains at $495 due to processiong charges connected to credit cards.

Annual Appeal

Special thanks to the 254 donors who have responded to the Annual Appeal. We have reached $78,000! We hope to hear from more of you.Please be generous in your response so we can continue to expand the work of AUSCP!

To be listed in the Assembly booklet as donors, donations must reach the AUSCP office by April 25, 2018.






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.

Cost = $485 if paid by check by June 1st  

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 single or double; book by June 4, 2018)

Marriott Pyramid North: 505-821-3333

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