BLAZE CUPICH Then-Archbishop Blase Cupich welcomed AUSCP members to Chicago for the June 2016 Assembly. Blase Joseph Cupich was born in Omaha, Nebraska into a family of Croatian descent. He attended St. John Vianney Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota; the Pontifical North American College and Gregorian University in Rome; and Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was appointed the Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1998; Bishop of Spokane in 2010; Archbishop of Chicago in 2014; and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2016 by Pope Francis.
GAILLARDETZ Richard Gaillardetz was a keynote speaker at the first Assembly of the AUSCP, held at St. Leo University in Florida, in 2012. He is an American theologian specializing in questions relating to Catholic ecclesiology and the structures of authority in the Roman Catholic Church. For his dissertation he researched the Theology of the Ordinary Universal Magisterium of Bishops.
Sister Norma Pimentel
PIMENTEL Sister Norma Pimentel is executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. READ a column about her work, “God on the Border,” written by Karen Tumulty for the Washington Post, June 29, 2018.
Sister Norma Pimentel has an invitation: Come to the border, be part of what we are experiencing. READ the story here
Father Thomas Rosica: Congregation of St. Basil, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation
ROSICA Father Thomas Rosica was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Assembly of the AUSCP in St. Louis. Following the announcement on February 11, 2013 of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, Fr. Rosica was invited by the Vatican to join the staff of the Holy See Press Office and serve as one of the official spokespersons for the transition in the papacy that included the resignation, Sede Vacante, Conclave and election of the new Pope. Fr. Rosica assisted the Vatican during a critical period in Church history. At the end of the Papal transition in April 2013, the Vatican asked him to serve as English language assistant to the Holy See Press Office. From 2013 to the end of 2016, he served in this capacity on behalf of the Holy See Press Office.