New Year Blessing
May the most significant part of your life be your relationship with God, the source of all goodness, and with your loved ones.
May you stand in awe at the wonders of creation which surround you and live with a grateful heart.
May you have the inner srength to face each day with hope in your heart and a smile on your lips.
May you be at peace with yourself, with God, and with all of God's creation, spreading the good news wherever you are.
Registration Links for 2019 Assembly & hotel are now live at:
AUSCP - HOME
Links to 2018 Assembly Presentations:
Bishop R. McElroy
Invitation to Become "Friends" of AUSCP
The AUSCP Friends Group now has 158 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458
Consider setting up an auto-renewal on your bank account.
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Pope's 2019 World Day of Peace Message
In the first paragraph of Pope Francis' Peace Message for January 1, 2019, he states: Offering peace is at the heart of the mission of the disciples of Christ. And this offer is addressed to all those men and women who hope for peace amid the tragedies and violence of human history. The "house" mentioned by Jesus is every family, every community, every country, every continent, in their singularity and in their history; it is first of all every person, without distinction or discrimination. It is also our "common home": the planet in which God has placed us to live and of which we are called to take care of ourselves with
So let this be my wish at the beginning of the new year: "Peace to this house!".
The Pope included Beatitudes for politicians in his Peace Message. You can access the entire Peace Message HERE.
Message to U.S. Bishops
The following message was sent in a letter to all of the U.S. bishops to assure them of support from AUSCP during their retreat, January 2-8, 2019:
As you enter into retreat at Mundelein January 2 -8, we, the 1200 priests and 157 lay members of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, pledge our personal support through prayer and fasting during that time. Your gathering at Mundelein has special meaning for us because our Association of U.S. Catholic Priests was founded during a Retreat there in 2011. Inspired by the Spirit, our mission is to provide priests "mutual support and a collegial voice through dialogue, contemplation and
prophetic action." We include you as brother priests in that mission.
Please pray for wisdom and enlightment for the bishops during this special time and engage in some form of fasting if you are able.
Invitation from Gospel Nonviolence Working Group
The co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) has offered to be the resource person for the next Gospel Nonviolence Zoom conference. Brian Terrell lives and works at Strangers and Guests Catholic Worker Farm in Maloy, Iowa.
Brian's travels include participation in delegations to Palestine,
Iraq, Bahrain, Korea, and Afghanistan. He has spoken in many European venues. In recent years, Brian has been active in resistance to remote controlled murders by drones with friends in Nevada, New York and Missouri. In May 2013, he was released from a six-month federal prison sentence for participating in a peaceable assembly in protest of drones at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. His profile can be found on the website www.vcnv.org.
Mark your calendars, and be ready and willing to challenge Brian's application of nonviolence in word and deed.
To join the ZOOM conference on January 29th at 3:00 PM ET, click on the following link:
Dial by your location
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/eq64jM97O
Meeting ID: 925 522 127
Fresh ideas for Homilies can be found at:
Special thanks to the 40 persons who gave online donations on November 27, Giving Tuesday! Unfortunately, we did not get matching funds from PayPal. The 7 million in matching funds were used up within seconds of the 8 AM opening on Giving Tuesday.
However, the good news is that the Annual Appeal has reached $84,259 from 258 donors. We are getting close to our goal!
Our goal for this year's appeal is to receive donations from 350 donors for a grand total of $100,000. This would represent a 40 percent increase over last year's appeal and would enable the AUSCP to move forward with plans to reach every priest in the U.S. with our message of hope and joy.
Reduce Your 2019 Assembly Cost by $200
If you reserve your hotel room soon for the June Assembly in St. Louis, you will see an offer for a Marriott Credit Card. If you do not now, or within the last 2 years, have a Marriott Credit Card, you can apply for one and get a $200 credit on the card IF you make a purchase within 3 months. Once you have the card you could register for the Assembly online with your card, and $200 of that $495 fee will be covered by your credit! (You also get 2 free nights at a Marriott hotel IF you charge $3000 on your Marriott Card within 3 months of
For the first year there is no fee; in the second year, a fee of $95. If you wish, you can cancel the card before the renewal date. Be sure to look at the conditions. If it makes sense to you, AUSCP's 2019 Assembly will be yours at significantly reduced cost.
In Christ with Hope, Joy & all Blessings,
Bob Bonnot, AUSCP, Leadership Team Chair
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A SPECIAL WAY TO SUPPORT AUSCP - VISIT THE CREATOR MUNDI STORE: "Creator Mundi", an exhibitor at our Albuquerque Assembly, is supporting our mission. The AUSCP receives 12% of your
purchase total every time you shop at the Creator Mundi Store, if you use code donateAUSCP when you place an order. (This is not a discount to the customer.) Click here to order.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT!
The 8th ANNUAL AUSCP ASSEMBLY
St. Louis, Missouri: JUNE 24-27, 2019
God's Priestly People:
the Baptized & the Ordained
Retreat Leader: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB Monday, June 24, 10 AM-3 PM
"Go, Repair & Rebuild My Church: Reclaiming the Priesthood of the Faithful"
Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archdiocese of Chicago: "Ordination does Not Annihilate Our Baptism"
Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College: "To Form a Priestly People - Toward a Non-Clerical Theology of Priesthood"
Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley: "Today's Leaders in the Church"
Early Bird Special!
Register by check by March 31, 2019 and pay $475.
Send check to: AUSCP
200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458
Online cost $495
Hotel rooms are $115 per night, single or double occupancy, if booked by May 24, 2019. Use the link on the AUSCP website or call 314-423-9700.
(Rate available 3 days before and after Assembly.)
For links to articles of interest on various topics, visit the AUSCP Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/AUSCPriests
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