The AUSCP is an association of priests whose members strive to be faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to Catholic tradition.
AUSCP members are priests in good standing in dioceses and religious communities and supported and emboldened by the people to whom we are called to minister. We are inspired especially by the teaching of Vatican II as affirmed by Pope Francis.
In order to be a “priests’ voice of hope and joy,” we listen to our members — on line, in person and at our national assemblies — sharing our common concerns with the whole church and the world through our public advocacy. Founded in 2011, the AUSCP is the largest association of priests in the United States.
NEW: A Prayer for Bishops, composed by John Kummer
Father John Kummer, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and an active member of the AUSCP, composed several prayers before his death at age 70 on September 1, 2016. Following is his Prayer for Bishops.
O Spirit of love and bond of charity, I pray for our bishops. Where there has been success, service and faithful fruitfulness, Where there has been success, service and faithful fruitfulness, give them the gift of gratitude and thanksgiving. Where there has been sin and failure, grant them repentance, forgiveness and renewal.
Create within your church a spirit of open, frank and honest dialogue and communication. Bring about among and with our bishops listening hearts and understanding. Help all to remember that fear is useless and that what is needed is trust.
Where there is diversity and fierce, passionate difference of convictions, may there be the saving unction of love that makes collaboration and rubbing shoulders together, smooth.
Fashion our bishops, as icons of the risen Christ who like them was anointed priest, prophet and king. Inflame their praying, preaching, teaching and governing, with power, compassion and holiness.
As you overshadowed and flooded Mary with grace, help our bishops to make incarnate the allure of the kingdom and the saving truths of salvation.
I pray through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, mother of priests and so of our bishops too, who modeled for us the way to treasure things in the heart. Amen.
Statement Regarding Ordination of Women Deacons
We who are entrusted with leadership on behalf of the one thousand members of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, welcome with praise and prayer the recent decision by Pope Francis to establish a commission regarding the possible ordination of women deacons.