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Pope John XXIII awards

to Sister Simone Campbell,

Father Donald Cozzens

The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests honored Sister Simone Campbell with its John XXIII Award, during the AUSCP Annual Assembly, July 1 in St. Louis. She was the first non-ordained person to receive the award.

Campbell, a member of the Sisters of Social Service, is a lawyer, lobbyist and executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby. She led the “Nuns on the Bus” project to highlight social issues. In honor of her advocacy work she was the 2014 recipient of the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award.

She accepted the award from Father Bernard "Bob" Bonnot, a priest of the Youngstown Diocese and current chair of the AUSCP Leadership Team.

Father Donald Cozzens, a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland, will receive the John XXIII Award at the annual assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, to be held in St. Louis, June 29 to July 2.

Father Cozzens is a writer in residence at John Carroll University and a renowned author and lecturer who confronts controversial topics in his lectures, TV appearances and award winning books. The John XXIII Award is the highest honor given by the AUSCP. 

The awards were presented on stage, sharing space with the band, "The St. Louis Blues," who provided music for the AUSCP banquet. All the events were held at the Airport Marriott in St. Louis

 

 

Promoting the AUSCP

I love my shirt! Pedro Lleo from Fort Lauderdale invites AUSCP members to wear their shirts proudly at convocations and other getherings of the presbyterate -- to invite questions and to engage new members.

 

 

Homeboy Industries addresses AUSCP, guests 

“If kinship were our goal, we wouldn’t be seeking justice, we’d be celebrating it.!” said Jesuit Father Greg Boyle. 

That notion of kinship resonated with Rev. Robert Rosebrough, pastor of Blessed Theresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson, Mo., after hearing Boyle’s address in St. Louis June 29, at the assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.

Rosebrough and several other members of the Ferguson Ministerial Alliance were among invited guests and members of the general public at the presentation.

Boyle started Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, providing jobs and educational opportunities for gang members and ex-offenders. Homeboy Industries runs bakeries, restaurants, a silk screen company and other business that provide skilled trade opportunities.

Boyle has chronicled the joys and sorrows of his ministry in a book, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.”

Boyle’s presentation to the AUSCP included humor and heart-stopping sadness. He mentioned the homeboy who had become an accomplished public speaker, who advised Boyle to include “self-defecatory comments” in his own presentations. And the homegirl waitress who thought she recognized actress Diane Keaton: “We were locked up together one time!”

He also told of  rival gang members “Youngster” and “Puppet” who had only hatred for each other, but who had to work together. After some six months on the job, a street gang beat and kicked Puppet into flat-lined life support and eventual death. Youngster was distraught, offering to give blood or do whatever he could.

“He was not my enemy, he was my friend,” Boyle quoted him. “We worked together.” That new reality “was God’s dream come true,” said Boyle. It was what Jesus prayed for, that we may all be one.

“Being one” is kinship and it means there is no “us” and “them,” there is only “us,” said Boyle. “Without kinship there is no peace, without kinship there is no justice.”

Rosebrough said that Boyle’s notion of kinship “resonated with him and echoed a recent homily given by Pope Francis.” He said the pope said some people speak well and do good actions, but if they haven’t listened to each other, they are not following Christ.

“You’ve got to listen to each other’s stories,” Rosebrough insisted, as the path toward kinship among factions and groups in a community like Ferguson.

Rosebrough and other members of the Ferguson Ministerial Association continue to work toward healing the community following the violence and turmoil that followed the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot by a police officer Aug. 9.

Now, almost a year later, “Our calling is to help with healing, said the Rev. Karen Knodt, interim pastor of Immanuel United Church of Christ and also a member of the Ferguson Ministerial Alliance. Her goal for the members of her congregation is for them “to have their world include all their neighbors.”

That’s another way of describing kinship.

 

 

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INTERNATIONALLY PROMINENT SPEAKERS TO GIVE KEYNOTES

The Fourth Annual Assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests Is being held in St. Louis, June 29 to July 2, on the theme, “Gaudium et Spes: Finding and Sharing Gospel Joy in the World Today.”

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Keynote speakers include Jesuit Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, a non-profit that works with former gang members; Father Thomas M. Rosica, CEO of Canada’s Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and a consultor for the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the social justice lobby, NETWORK, and organizer of the “Nuns on the Bus” tours; and Father Michael Joncas, liturgical theologian and composer.

 

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Keynoter, Father Greg Boyle often speaks about "kinship."

How do you hope to bring peace and respect to a community torn apart? "If you seek to build a sense of kinship in a community where there is no 'them' - there is just 'us.'” says Jesuit Father Greg Boyle. “If you have kinship, you are going to have justice. If you have kinship, you are going to have peace."

Boyle’s keynote address is scheduled at 7 p.m. on June 29, the opening day of the assembly. While registration is required for full participation in the AUSCP assembly, Boyle’s address is open to clergy, religious leaders and interested members of the public.

There will be no charge for admission, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hotel parking, at a reduced rate of $5, is also limited, so car-pooling is suggested.

Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, was chief executive officer and national director of the 2002 World Youth Day and the Papal Visit of Pope John Paul II in Toronto. He became the founding CEO of Salt and Light Television, Canada's first national Catholic Television Network, in 2003. 

He served as the English-speaking media attaché of the 2008 Synod of Bishops on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church," and the 2012 Synod of Bishops on "The New Evangelization." Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and in 2013 he was one of the official spokespersons during the transition from Pope Benedict XVI to Pope Francis, and continues to serve as English language assistant to the Holy See Press Office. 

Father Rosica became President of Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario, in 2011 while continuing to serve in leadership of the Salt and Light Catholic Television Network.

Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, is executive director of the social justice lobby, NETWORK, and organizer of the “Nuns on the Bus” tours.

In 1977, Campbell received her law degree from the University of California, Davis, where she had been an editor of thje UC Davis Law Review. The following year she founded the Community Law Center in Oakland, Calilfornia, and served for the next 18 years as its lead attorney. 

 Between 1995 and 2000, Campbell was the General Director of her religious congregation and oversaw its activities in the United States, Mexico, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

In 2010, she wrote the "nuns' letter" in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed by 60 heads of religious orders and umbrella groups and sent to all members of Congress.

 She led the "Nuns on the Bus" project to highlight social issues, and was the 2014 recipient of the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award.


Father Jan Michael Joncas, a member of the University of St. Thomas community for 40 of his 60 years, has been named a university artist-in-residence and fellow of St. Thomas’ Center for Catholic Studies, where he is free to research and write, compose and lecture.

The appearance of "On Eagle's Wings" in 1978 coincided with his MA in liturgy from Notre Dame, an academic pursuit that took him to the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of the Pontifical Athenaeum, San Anselmo in Rome. He was ordained in 1980 as a priest for the archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. He and two colleagues, Marty Haugen and David Haas, have produced some of the most effective music for the Church's worship that has appeared in the post-conciliar days. 

 

AUSCP REPORT DELIVERED FOR THE 2015 SYNOD ON THE FAMILY
Two AUSCP Board Members, Jim Schexnayder and John Stabeno, personally delivered a report summarizing the view of more than 500 U.S. Catholic priests to the Vatican's Secretariat for the Synod on Friday, April 10. A news release summarizing the Report can be read by clicking HERE. The full report can be read by clicking HERE.

See HERE AUSCP's request that opportunities for sacramental confession and reconciliation be expanded. 

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AUSCP's VISION
To be a priests' voice of hope and joy within our pilgrim church.

AUSCP's MISSION

 To be an association of U.S. Cathoic priests offering mutual support and a collegial voice, thru dialogue, contemplation & prophetic action on issues affecting Church and society.

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AUSCP endorses participation of the faithful in the selections of bishops. A good exampe of that being done can be seen at www.novabishop.org. The faithful or the Diocese of Arlington anticipate a new bishop and are using this instrument to express their hopes. Signing the petition is limited to members of the Diocese, but it can serve as a good model for others.

AUSCP's address is now 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin OH 44883-3458; 872-205-5862; office@uscatholicpriests.org Executive Secretary, Sr. Jacquelyn Doepker, OSF.

                                          AUSCP's CONTEXT
As priests in good standing, faithful to the Gospel of Jesus and Catholic tradition, AUSCP members are inspired especially by the conciliar magisterium of Vatican II as affirmed by Pope Francis:

“Vatican II was a re-reading of the Gospel in light of contemporary culture. ... Vatican II produced a renewal movement that simply comes from the same Gospel. Its fruits are enormous. Just recall the liturgy. The work of liturgical reform has been a service to the people as a re-reading of the Gospel from a concrete historical situation. Yes, there are hermeneutics of continuity and discontinuity, but one thing is clear: the dynamic of reading the Gospel, actualizing its message for today—which was typical of Vatican II—is absolutely irreversible." --Pope Francis, AmericaSept. 19, 2013 (Click HERE to read the article)

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