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Proclaiming the Gospel of Joy in a Year of Mercy

Fifth Annual Assembly • Chicago • June 27-30

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Click here to download Assembly 2016 overview

Click here to download the Assembly schedule

Book your room at the Crowne Plaza Chicago Ohare Hotel for the AUSCP rate of $115 per night, parking included (ignore the form if it asks for parking payment). The link takes you to a page, "Association of US ca" — (it does not say "AUSCP" but that's us). Click Association of US Catholic Priests

2016 Assembly Keynoters: Sister Carol Zinn, Massimo Faggioli and Peter C. Phan,

Sister Carol Zinn believes small changes in a parish could make a big difference in our care for creation. Zinn’s keynote address on Laudato Si’ at the AUSCP Fifth Annual Assembly will be given Monday night, June 27, and is open to the women religious. Zinn served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious from  2012-2015 and formerly served as General Council of the Sisters of St Joseph in Philadelphia. She is also a former non-government organization representative to the United Nations. Check out a workshop "One God, One Earth," given by Carol Zinn in Australia.

Massimo Faggioli is a Church historian, Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and former Director of the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Starting in the fall semester 2016 Dr. Faggioli will join as a full professor the department of theology and religious studies at Villanova University in Philadelphia. His presentation, "Pope Francis and the Unfolding of Vatican II in Today's Church," will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28. CLICK AND READ Massimo Faggioli on "Catholic Trumpism."

The renowned Vietnamese-America theologian, Peter C. Phan of Georgetown University, will be a keynote speaker on the topic,  “Deus Migrator/God the Migrant: Migration of Theology and Theology of Migration.” His address will be on Wednesday afternoon, June 29. Phan emigrated as a refugee to the U.S.A. in 1975. He has a doctorate in theology from the Salesian University in Rome, and doctorates in philosophy and divinity from the University of London. He holds the Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and is a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. The CTSA presented him in 2010 with its highest honor, the John Courtney Murray Award. Read more: Peter Phan writes about Asian Theology of Liberation.



Read more: AUSCP Colloquium leader Donald Cozzens writes about Seven Storey Mountain. 

Click for the Appalachian Letter. From the Catholic Committee of Appalachia a "Peoples Pastoral" to highlight the "magisterium of the poor." 

What's in the news

Pope Francis. followin the Family Synod: Begin by clicking HERE.

A new nuncio? America Magazine reports the selection

Are we ready for the Internal Forum? Click here to read NCR.

Should women preach? Click HERE to read the story originating in Rome.

Indy Archbishop chooses Gospel over Governor. Click here for the story.

Jubilee Year, a Vatican II Anniversary. Francis chooses mercy before judgment.

Conscience and Communion: What others are reporting — three reports about the conscience comments made by Chicago Archbishop Cupich, regarding Communion for divorced and gay couples. Click on the titles. NCR     Chicago Tribune     LifeSiteNews

Women to be included on Holy Thursday. Click HERE! 

CRUX publishes Bob Bonnot's essay on pastoral strategy and married priests. See the NEWS tab. 

AUSCP WELCOMED IN CHICAGO: Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago welcomed a delegation from the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, January 28, to discuss the fifth annual assembly  of the AUSCP to be held in Chicago June 27-30. 

Archbishop Cupich expressed support for the work of the association, and said he would encourage priests of the archdiocese to join in the assembly, which is planned with the local support of the Association of Chicago Priests, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. 

The meeting included Clarence Williams, CPPS, National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, Diocese of Columbus; Jackie Doepker, OSF, AUSCP executive secretary; Jim Schexnayder, Diocese of Oakland; Archbishop Blase Cupich; Bob Bonnot, Diocese of Youngstown; Kevin Clinton, Diocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis; John Stabeno, Diocese of Camden.


Justice For Immigrants

issues a call for action.

See it HERE.


Rest in Peace: A member of the AUSCP Leadership Team, Oblate Father Frank Wagner, died Sunday, January 17, in Arleta, California. Scroll down for details.

 Click HERE for Homily Helps in the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

5 Reasons to attend the AUSCP 2016 Assembly, 

June 27-30, Rosemont Crowne Plaza, Chicago

• Retreat Day with Father Lou Cameli, (Monday, before assembly).

• Peter Phan,  on "Deus Migrator/God the Migrant: Migration of Theology and Theology of Migration."

• Carol Zinn, focusing on Laudato Si’ – on Caring for Our Common Home.

• Massimo Faggioli, on the influence of Vatican II on today’s church.

• You. Your presence will add impact, your voice will be heard!

Tell 'em you are with the  Association of US Catholic Priests.

Justice for Immigrants: AUSCP members Pete Ruggere, Gene Pocernich and John Cahil, with Jackie Doepker, executive secretary, caucused over lunch at the November conference of Justice for Immigrants. See more at the tab, In Depth.

Read what Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich said about immigration reform in Crux, here.

Read more about the Justice for Immigrants, here.


 Who is Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich? AUSCP assembly participants will meet him in Chicago at the 2016 assembly. Here is an advance introduction, courtesy of Kevin Clinton who spotted the article and the University  of St. Thomas Magazine that published the story. See the article here.



Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: A letter from the AUSCP Leadership Team was sent on October 15th to all of the U.S. bishops, active and retired, asking for the right to use Penance Rite 3 with Communal Absolution during the Year of Mercy and beyond. More about the letter, at the tab, In Depth.

Spotlight, the movie: "We hope and we pray that this movie [about Boston Globe reporting on abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston] might occasion reconciliation within our Catholic community . . ." writes Bob Bonnot, AUSCP chair. For more of his comments, go to the tab In Depth.

Spotlight reaction: See Cardinal O'Malley's statement here.

NPR reports on the movie, Spotlighthere.

Canadian Archbishop wants to discuss ordination of women deacons. See the NCR story.

Frank and Bernies' excellent adventure in RomeOctober 9, 2015: Frank Eckart and Bernie Servil meet with Tom Rosica and select members of the press. Download a DRAFT REPORT at the tab, In Depth.

'Keep our parishes open' — October 4, 2015: The AUSCP Leadership Team signs on to a letter to Pope Francis. Download statement at tab, In Depth, or see the Future Church Document here.

Getting Involved — Check out the issues we are working on, at tab Open Space.

Labor Resolution moves ahead — September 20, 2015: Proposal sent to Canon Law Society. See NEWS tab for more details.

Liturgy and Language — Is “odd and obsolete” language more effective than ordinary language? Click here for an article by Jim Dallen.


Click here  for the AUSCP News Release on ending the Death Penalty.




Your Leadership Team

Members of the AUSCP Leadership Team gather following the successful conclusion of the 2015 Assembly in St. Louis. Members and officers, left to right, include Father David Cooper, Milwaukee; Father Joe Ruggieri, Youngstown; Father John Stabeno, Camden; Father Frank Eckart, Toledo; Sister Jackie Doepker, Executive Secretary, Franciscan Sisters, Tiffin, Ohio; Father Bernie Survil, Greensburg; Father Kevin Clinton, St. Paul - Minneapolis; Father Frank Wagner, Oblates of Mary Immaculate; Father Bob Bonnot, Youngstown; Father Dan Divis, Cleveland; Father Clarence Williams, National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus; Father Jim Kiesel, Baltimore, and Father Jim Schexnayder, Oakland.


Selection of a Bishop

Arlington Catholics seek lay participation in selecting their next bishop, believing that the next Bishop of Arlington should be a person who embodies the criteria laid out by Pope Francis. The criteria include being a “pastor close to the people” and not having “the psychology of ‘Princes.’” 

Go to the LINKS tab or click here.




Audio recordings of 2015 Assembly keynoters,
DVD of Greg Boyle, available online

Resurrection Communications offers audio recordings of the four keynoters: Greg Boyle, Jan Michael Joncas, Thomas Rosica and Simone Campbell. Additionally, a DVD is available of Greg Boyle's presdentation. For order forms, go to Resurrection Communications and select 2015 here.

AUSCP + NBCCC: 'We're better together'

On Thursday, July 2, the AUSCP leadership team appointed and welcomed a new member, Father Clarence Williams, a member of the Society of Precious Blood, who represents the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus and serves as vice president of that organization. Said Clarence: "We're better together!"

Williams is a recipient of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus' "Lifetime Achievement Award," and "The Archbishop James Lyke Award for Global Leadership" from the Pan African Roman Catholic Clergy Conference. He is also the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King "Keep the Dream Alive" in Detroit, Michigan where he served for 15 years as pastor of St. Anthony Church. He produced a documentary for NBC on Sr. Thea Bowman entitled, "Sr. Thea: Her Own Story" for which he won the Christopher Award for Religious Broadcasting. 


Promoting the AUSCP at home 

Father Pedro Lleo holds up an AUSCP tee shirt at the assembly, inviting brother priests to wear the shirt proudly at diocesan convocations and other gatherings of the local presbyterate. The logo and text will prompt questions, that can be answered with an invitation to join the AUSCP and come to the next assembly. 



Invitation to Sweet Home Chicago

Father Dennis 'Blues' Ziomek extends an invitation to the 2016 AUSCP Assembly at the Chicago O'Hare (Rosemont) Crowne Plaza Hotel, June 27-30, 2016. This will be the fifth anniversary of the AUSCP, which was founded by a group of 27 priests who gathered at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago for a Vatican II Retreat in 2011; and the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Association of Priests.

Speakers scheduled to date are Peter C. Phan of Georgetown and Sister Carol Zinn, SSJ, a past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Peter C Phan, the first non-Anglo to be elected president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, is a native of Vietnam who emigrated as a refugee to the U.S.A. in 1975. He obtained three doctoratesand is currently holding the Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University.


Carol Zinn, a Sister of St. Joseph from Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, is a past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and on the Leadership Team of her community. She is also a former NGO Representative to the United Nations, where she held the position for eight years, serving as the representative of 15,000 Sisters and thousands of associates serving in 57 countries. 



'A Place Called Home'

Song text by Michael Joncas released for limited use

A Place Called Home

Members of AUSCP have the right to reproduce the hymn text free of charge UNTIL the piece is published by GIA, Inc., as long as the copyright notice at the bottom of the page is also reproduced.

The hymn tune is from Jean Sibelius’ tone poem, Finlandia.



A place called home with comfort for the weary:
A place called home of nourishment and rest:
A place called home that welcomes in the stranger,
Where one unknown becomes an honored guest,
Where love can find a human habitation:
God grant us all this grace -- a place called home.

A place called home where tenderness can flourish,
A place called home, a haven from all harm:
A place called home where children sleep in safety:
Where hurts are healed, a shelter from the storm,
Where peace can find a human habitation:
God grant us all this grace -- a place called home.

A place called home, a promise for tomorrow:
A place called home, a vision handed down:
A place called home for all God’s sons and daughters,
Where love prevails and peace is ever found,
Where hope can find a human habitation:
God grant us all this grace -- a place called home.

A place called home for ev’ry human being:
A place called home, where arms are opened wide;
A place called home, where all extend the welcome;
Where none are lost, alone, or cast aside
But members of a single human fam’ly.
God grant us grace to build a place called home.

 c. 2015 by The Jan Michael Joncas Trust.  All rights reserved.


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.



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. 


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 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.

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                                          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)