We – Bob Bonnot and Kevin Clinton -- write to update you on some changes in
AUSCP’s leadership and administration. We hope they will encourage you.
AUSCP is now in its 8th year and 1360 strong -- 1200 priests and 160 Friends. From the beginning, our Leadership Team/Board governed and functioned as a committee of the whole led and facilitated by a Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, but no staff. For a few months in 2013 we had a Managing Director. Since September 2014, we have had the blessing of Sr. Jackie as our Executive Secretary. She continues to serve us superbly. As we have grown, the range of our
efforts and the demands on our Leadership Team members -- most of whom still have full time pastoral assignments -- have recommended restructuring. We also have been concerned about a smooth and effective transition of leadership when both of us (Bob and Kevin) term out at the end of our June Assembly. We have served as Chair and Vice-Chair for the last five years.
Effective on January 17, your Leadership Team approved Bob stepping down as Chair, Kevin moving into the Chair’s seat, and elected Greg Barras as Vice-Chair. Bob was named to serve as AUSCP’s first Executive Director. He will continue to serve as a member of the Leadership Team until the end of June when he and Kevin term out. Kevin will then continue to sit on the Leadership Team as Immediate Past Chair Emeritus
with voice but no vote. Dave Cooper, our founding and first Chair, so served after he termed out. Your Leadership Team is confident that this will help assure a steady path forward.
Our Mission remains the same as at its founding. During this Retreat we adopted a strategic plan for the next 3 years, 2019-2021. Its design is to enable us to grow in Membership, Structure, Stature, and Impact. 2021 will mark our 10th Anniversary.
We are most grateful to all of you, AUSCP’s Members and Friends, for your participation in AUSCP, your response to our efforts, and your constant encouragement. As always, we welcome your comments, critiques, and recommendations.
On the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis outlined his vision for a Church that is “synodal” – where everyone listens to each other, learns from each other and takes responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel.
The 1985 Extraordinary General Synod of Bishops that marked the 20th Anniversary of Vatican II’s close, affirmed that communion is the “central and fundamental idea” of Vatican II’s documents. Pope Francis proposes synodality as the People of God’s way to reveal and give substance to
communion. It is our model for the AUSCP as we continue our journey, Members and Friends, all of us together.
In service to the Triune God and God’s People, in, with, and through the Church, especially in the U.S., we will continue to pursue our AUSCP mission as “an association of U.S. Catholic priests, giving mutual support and a collegial voice on issues affecting Church and world, through dialogue, contemplation, and prophetic action.”
Thank you again for getting us started, keeping us moving forward, and now with us facing the future together with hope and joy.
With Hope, Joy, and Blessings in Christ,
Bob Bonnot and Kevin Clinton for the Leadership Team