The AUSCP 2017 Assembly will be held June 19-22 at the Airport Marriott in Atlanta. Speakers will include Archbishop Wilton Gregory, social ethicist Father Bryan Massingale and JustFaith founder Jack Jezreel. Join us for a Retreat Day Monday, June 19, with Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv., Diocese of Savannah.

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Arrive early or stay late: Rooms available three days before and three days after the Assembly. Click the link below or call Reservations at 1-800-228-9290 before May 29, 2017. 

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The theme and details are being planned for this national assembly in the See City of Archbishop Wilton Gregory. This will be our first return to the South since our initial assembly at St. Leo University in Florida in 2012, offering an opportunity to explore Southern Catholicism and the diverse Christian heritage of Martin Luther King Jr. and President Jimmy Carter.

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Event Speakers

Archbishop Wilton Daniel Gregory was born in Chicago in 1947. At St. Carthage Grammar School in 1958, he decided to become a priest – even before converting to Catholicism. He was baptized in 1959, and following studies at Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Niles College in Chicago and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, he was ordained in 1973.

He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago in 1983, Bishop of Belleville in 1994, and Archbishop of Atlanta in 2004.

From 2001 to 2004, Gregory served as the President of the USCCB, the first African American ever to head an episcopal conference. During his presidency, the American bishops issued the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" in response to Roman Catholic sex abuse cases.

Gregory writes a bi-weekly column for the Roman Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, The Georgia Bulletin titled "What I have seen and heard.” In a column in 2014 he announced that guns will not be allowed in Roman Catholic churches in Georgia, but for those military and civil service personnel who are required to have them.

Father Bryan N. Massingale received his doctorate in moral theology from the Academia Alphonsianum (Rome). He specializes in social ethics and teaches courses on Catholic Social Thought, African American religious ethics, liberation theologies, and racial justice. His approach to social ethics focuses upon the impact of religious faith as both an instrument of social injustice and a catalyst for social transformation.

He is the author of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis, 2010), which received a First Place book award from the Catholic Press Association, and over eighty articles, book chapters, and book reviews. His current research projects explore the contribution of Black religious radicalism to Catholic theology; the notion of "cultural sin" and its challenge to Catholic theological ethics; and the intersections of race and sexuality in both social life and Catholicism.

 He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Moral Theology and the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.  He also serves on the North American Regional Committee of the “Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church” project. He has served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, and holds two honorary doctorates.

J. Patrick Hornbeck, PhD, chair of Fordham’s theology department, said it’s difficult to move around the realm of progressive Catholic theology without coming across Father Massingale’s contributions.

“His work on advocacy for both racial justice and justice in the realm of sexual ethics is incredibly well known all around the country. Many Fordham colleagues assign his work in their classes, and several Fordham doctoral students draw heavily on his work in their dissertations,” he said.  “There really is no person in the Catholic theological academy who excels at doing such work in a creative and intersectional way than Father Massingale.”

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Jack Jezreel, Just Faith Ministries was hired as Parish Social Minister at a 1200-household parish in Louisville, KY in 1988. He found himself spending most of his time recruiting people to get involved. He concluded that parishioners lacked spiritual formation regarding catholic social teaching.

So he developed a program to prepare people of faith for the life-changing and world-changing call of the Gospel to help heal the world and, in so doing, experience a deeper faith, a more fulfilling life, and a community of care and vitality. Over time his program grew into JustFaith Ministries (JFM).

Since 2001, over 50,000 people in 1500 churches across the U.S. have completed a JFM program. The original process evolved into an array of offerings, all crafted to provide people a substantial opportunity to explore the link between their faith in God and care of their neighbor.

JFM invites people to wrestle with Matthew 25 surrounded by fellow travelers, prayer, compelling learning tools, and opportunities to form relationships with sisters and brothers whose lives have known struggle and suffering. JFM’s 21 member Board of Directors includes committed folks from Springfield MA to Seattle WA, from West Palm Beach FL to Eagan MN.

Join us in Atlanta to catch the prophetic and healing energy of JustFaith. It is right and just, our duty and our salvation!  You might start with Jack’s U.S. Catholic essay on best practices for parish charity and justice (http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201403/best-practices-charity-and-justice-28549).

Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv., a native of Buffalo NY, was ordained by Bishop Howard Hubbard in Albany NY in 1979. He has served as Bishop of Savannah since 2011 after years of pastoral experience in high school teaching and administration in Maryland, New York and Florida. He also pastored parishes in Jonesboro and Lithia Springs GA.

In the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Bishop Hartmayer served on the Committee for the Ongoing Formation of Priests and Mentoring of Newly Ordained, the Council of Priests as Chair, and Archdiocesan College of Consultors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach FL.

For the USCCB, he serves on the Committee on Priorities and Plans as well as the Administrative Committee.  Bishop Hartmayer holds masters degrees in secondary school administration, theology, and pastoral counseling.

Take advantage of AUSCP’s day of Retreat and Reflection with Bishop Hartmayer on Monday, June 19, 10-3 – no charge!