200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458                          October 14, 2018

Synod on Youth

"We need to rediscover the reasons for our hope and, above all, to pass them on to young people who are thirsting for hope." 

- Pope Francis

Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment

October 3, 2018


Registration Links for 2019 Assembly & hotel are now live at:



Links to 2018 Assembly Presentations:

Katarina Schuth 

Bishop R. McElroy

Richard Rohr



Invitation to Become "Friends" of AUSCP

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Canonization of Oscar Romero

As many witness the canonization in Rome of Archbishop Oscar Romero on Sunday, October 14th, let us recall a few of his words that are relevant today:

"To try to preach without referring to the history one preaches in is not to preach the gospel...A preaching that says nothing about the sinful environment in which the gospel is reflected upon is not the gospel."  (2/18/79)

"I am glad that our church is persecuted precisely for its preferential option for the poor and for trying to become incarnate in the interests of the poor and for saying to all the people, to rulers, to the rich and powerful, unless you become poor, unless you have a concern for the poverty of our people as though they were your own family, you will not be albe to save society."      (7/15/19 Quoted in Houston Catholic Worker)

 Setting the Record Straight on Oscar Romero

In an NCR article by Gene Palumbo (10/10/18), he explains that the commonly held belief that Archbishop Romero was not transformed until the death of his friend, Fr. Rutilio Grande, is mistaken. He says,"I asked María López Vigil, a journalist, editor and author of Monseñor Romero: Memories in Mosaic, how she saw Romero's evolution:"

"People have almost mechanically related Romero's conversion to the killing of Rutilio and the surrounding events. I think that's excessive. … It wasn't ideas that changed [Romero]. It was reality. That's basic. When he was an auxiliary bishop in San Salvador, his contact with reality was limited by his job [secretary of the bishops' conference] and by the office he worked in. When he was in Santiago de María, at a time of repression, he drew near to the farmworkers in their suffering, their work, and their commitments as catechists, and all of that changed him. I think it's important to highlight that so as not to oversimplify his process of conversion. What happened to Rutilio was the culmination of a journey he had been on."

To read the full article, click HERE.

Letter to All Bishops

Twice a year the AUSCP sends out a letter to all U.S. Bishops, active and retired. This week a letter will be sent on the topic of Priestly Formation. Each bishop will receive a copy of the white paper developed last year by the Priestly Formation Working Group chaired by Ron Chochol, with Marty Marin as Facilitator. The new Priestly Formation Working Group, chaired by Leadership Team member Louie Arceneaux, recommended this as an initial step in their work. The document should arrive in the mailboxes of the bishops withn the next two weeks. The Priestly Formation Working Group recommends that you read the document and discuss it with your bishop.

The document can be accessed on the AUSCP website:


Annual Appeal 

The Annual Appeal letter should be arriving in your mailbox soon if you have not already received it. Some have received it and have responded. Thus far we have received donations from 5 donors with a total of $775. We have a long way to go to match last year's total of 249 donors and a total of $72,500. Please respond generously to support the ongoing work of the AUSCP! Thank you!

If you have friends you would like to invite to support the AUSCP, copies of the appeal letter are available upon request:  office@uscatholicpriests.org

Women Denied Ability to Vote at Synod on Youth

Two religious brothers, but no religious sisters, are voting members of the current Synod on Youth. FutureChurch urges bishops, cardinals, the Synod of Bishops leadership, and the Pope to make a path for women religious superiors to work and vote as equals alongside their brothers in Christ. If you wish to sign the petition requesting that women religious superiors be allowed to vote, click HERE.

Development Director Search

The AUSCP Leadership Team is searching for a Development Director who can help strengthen present efforts and open new avenues of support for the ever growing work of the AUSCP. If you know of a qualified person, please submit their contact information to Bob Bonnot at: auscpbonnot@gmail.com.

Invitation from Gospel Nonviolence Working Group

Tuesday, October 162018, 3 PM ET: AUSCP member Fr. Harry Bury, whose very readable autobiography Maverick Priest: A Story of Life on the Edge (2018) (From Amazon for $18)  and an organizer of "Twin Cities Nonviolent 2018" will lead us in a  conversation to answer "Does a commitment to Gospel  Nonviolence de facto disqualify a priest for assignment as a pastor or vicar in today's U.S. Church?"

Harry was ordained for St. Paul Archdiocese in 1955. His first few years in pastoral work were unremarkable. Then those “Terrible 60’s” got to him, as it did to many of us. Let’s talk it over to see if U.S. bishops has a hard time assigning a peace/justice activist. To get the phone call-in number & access code call Bernie at:  724-523-0291.

Pastoral & Personal Resource

A valuable pastoral resource can be found in the book After the Diagnosis...a Guide for Living. Authors Barbara Mariconda and Fr. Thomas Lynch spark a new conversation about suffering and death, and instill a new sense of the sacredness inherent in the ordinary brokenness of life. This book takes the reality of dying and death beyond simple acceptance to a place of true transformation.

Visit their website: www.journeyofthesoulbooks.com

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, if 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.)








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


God's Priestly People: 

the Baptized & the Ordained

Retreat Leader: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

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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