200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458                          September16, 2018

Season of Creation

September 1st - October 4th

Christians must realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith.

- Pope Francis

Laudato Si'




Links to 2018 Assembly Presentations

Katarina Schuth 

Bishop R. McElroy

Richard Rohr



Invitation to Become "Friends" of AUSCP

The AUSCP Friends Group now has 148 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

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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

Creator Mundi

A SPECIAL WAY TO SUPPORT AUSCP - VISIT THE CREATOR MUNDI STORE: "Creator Mundi", an exhibitor at our Albuquerque Assembly, wants to support our mission while making available through our website high quality and inspiring sacred art pieces. Click here to pick from a wide selection of distinctive and unique pieces of sacred art and gifts. The AUSCP receives 12% of your purchase total every time you shop at the Creator Mundi Store. Make sure you use code donateAUSCP each time you place an order to be sure that the AUSCP receives the benefit of your purchase! (This is not a discount to the customer.)






Invitation from Gospel Nonviolence Working Group

You are invited to join the session on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Ordained by peace-oriented Bishop Maurice Dingman (1968-1986), now laicized Frank Cordaro of Des Moines helped set up several Catholic Worker Houses, along with resistance to Nukes at Offutt Airforce Base in Omaha. More recently he has focused on resistance to the Weaponized Drones outside Des Moines. When current Des Moines’ Bishop Richard Pates signed USCCB’s position on the questionable morality of weaponized drones, Frank challenged him to teach that to the Faithful of Des Moines Diocese. Does he?  Do other bishops who have Drones stationed in their diocese? Ask Frank, seen below being arrested.


To get the phone call-in number & access code for the September 18th meeting, contact Bernie at: 724-523-0291 or bsurvil@uscatholicpriests.us. For those who want to be well-prepared, ask for the USCCB drone statement.

Advice to Bishops

In response to the sexual abuse scandal, AUSCP Ledaership Team member Louie Arceneaux, CM, sent a letter to bishops whom he knows personally. He said, in part: "I believe the beginning of the solution to regain trust will take place if you declare to your fellow bishops the following to show that you are not interested in perpetuating a culture of control but want to be true servants of Jesus Christ. 

1. We propose revisions to the Dallas charter to include specific ways to hold bishops responsible for personal sex abuse and for protecting others who fail. We will also turn complete control of the board overseeing the charter to a group of lay women and men, with legal and religious qualities capable of good discernment.

2. We will open our diocesan books to law enforcement officials to inspect any hidden  information regarding behavior of any under our care or that of previous bishops. If required by canon law, we will seek permission of competent authority to wave the right of privacy.

3. We will also wave the statutes of limitations regarding cases in our files.

4. We will submit our resignations as bishops and leave it up to the prayerful discernment of the Pope if we are to resume serving as shepherds of the flocks.

5. We will invite every bishop to join us in this open and humble approach to serving Our Lord and promoting his Kingdom as true servants.

You can read the entire letter on the AUSCP website:


Sign On Letter to Members of USCCB


In response to the recent revelations of sexual abuse and cover-ups, AUSCP member Larry Dowling, Archdiocese of Chicago, sent a message with a link to an Open Letter to USCCB to be sent in early November before their annual meeting. He said:

“It is important that the bishops understand the magnitude of the pain and hurt this has caused victims of priests and bishops and their families, other victims of sexual abuse by a trusted adult who continue to be subject to the abuse of memory, the Catholic laity and the priests and deacons who everyday minister to and with the People of God.”  Sign On Here

Six Leadership Habits for Priests


Internationally known speaker Rex Gatto recently shared his reflections on Six Leadership Habits for members of the Priesthood in The Priest Magazine. Gatto noted: “Now, maybe more than ever, we need priests who demonstrate leadership through confidence, competence and compassion, and who are role models for one another and their parishioners.” Here are the headings of the leadership habits Gatto noted:

  • Be Organized
  • Have a Team Approach
  • Have the Will to Succeed
  • Keep Moving toward the Goal
  • Develop Personal Resilience
  • Understand the Complexity of Technology

Please click here to read the article.

Season of Creation: September 1 - October 4th


Christians throughout the world are uniting in special prayer and action on behalf of creation during the Season of Creation. 


AUSCP member Emmet Farrell serves on the San Diego Interfaith Climate Coalition. He recently prepared a homily on Laudato Si'. In it he says: "In the close to 80 years of my life I have never seen a problem of the magnitude of the problems posed by climate change which so adversely affects all life on our planet and all of God's creation."


"...The problem is essentially SPIRITUAL. Why? Because it has to do with our values, our attitudes, our culture and way of thinking. The pope challenges us to change our lifestyles."


..."Each one of us can make a positive contribution. So, as one of our hymns puts it: Go make a difference, you can make a diference, you can make a difference in the world."



St. Louis, Missouri: JUNE 24-27, 2019


God's Priestly People: 

the Baptized & the Ordained

Confirmed Speakers:

Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College

Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley

Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archdiocese of Chicago

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