Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 21, 2019
Jesus - and others who followed after him - like Paul and Francis and Clare of Assisi - made room for the new by letting go of the old. Jesus had the courage and clarity to sort out what was perennial wisdom from what was unreal, passing, merely cultural, or even destructive. John the Baptist described Jesus as a "winnowing fan" that separates the grain from the chaff (Matthew 3:12). If we don't winnow, we spend a lot of time protecting the "chaff" or non-essentials."
- Richard Rohr
Daily Meditation 12/31/18
Registration Links for 2019 Assembly & hotel are now live at:
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Links to 2018 Assembly Presentations:
Bishop R. McElroy
Invitation to Become "Friends" of AUSCP
The AUSCP Friends Group now has 160 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.
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AUSCP Leadership Team
The AUSCP Leadership Team will meet in St. Louis, MO, January 15-17, to work on details for the 2019 Assembly and to do strategic planning. Please pray for the wisdom of the Spirit to guide all dialogue and decisions.
Pope Francis Sends Letter to U.S. Bishops
A letter from Pope Francis (letter to U.S.
bishops), was read to the 280 bishops who attended a retreat January 2-8 at Mundelein. The eight-page letter said, in part:
"God's faithful people and the Church's mission continue to suffer greatly as a result of abuses of power and conscience and sexual abuse, and the poor way that they were handled, as well as the pain of seeing an episcopate lacking in unity and concentrated more on pointing fingers than on seeking paths of reconciliation."
The pope had requested this retreat as part of the bishops' response to renewed attention on clergy sexual abuse.
The text of the talks delivered by Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the papal household, to the U.S. bishops during their retreat at Mundelein Seminary are available at this link.
NCR online (Jan. 11) has an article by Tom Roberts on the retreat talks which you can access HERE.
January = Poverty Awareness Month
During Poverty Awareness Month, USCCB offers resources to take up Pope Francis' challenge to live in solidarity with the poor. Resources include a calendar, longer daily reflections, this liturgical aid .
Roster of AUSCP Retreat Directors
The following have sent their names in as available for retreats. Contact them directly if you have need of a retreat director.
Fr. Chris Cartwright, S.J.
House of Prayer for Priests
3441 Waverly Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-662-7569 x313; firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Edward Lambro
777 Valley Road, Clifton, NJ 07013
Fr. Alan Philip
700 N. Sunnyside Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024
Fr. Norm Supancheck
14337 Astoria St., Sylmar, CA. 91342
Invitation from Gospel Nonviolence Working Group for January 29th
Brian Terrell, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV), will be the resource person for the next Gospel Nonviolence Zoom conference. Brian lives and works at Strangers and Guests Catholic Worker Farm in Maloy,
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. In 2013, he served 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.
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
The Annual Appeal has reached $95,420 from 261 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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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.)
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