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.
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.
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.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will preside at Mass with the Assembly and give a keynote address. Father Bryan N. Massingale from Fordham also plans to deliver a keynote address. Other speakers and presenters will be named as details are confirmed.
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.
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. He also has authored over seventy 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.
A news release from Fordham described him with these words:
Bryan Massingale, STD, one of the world’s leading Catholic social ethicists and scholars of African-American theological ethics, racial justice, and liberation theology, [joined} the Fordham theology faculty in the fall of 2016.
Father Massingale comes to Fordham from Marquette University, where in 2009 he received that institution’s highest award for excellence in teaching.
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.
He has written over 80 articles, book chapters, and book reviews for publications, including Theological Studies, New Theology Review, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Philosophy and Theology, Journal of Religion and Society, The National Catholic Reporter, and Catholic Peace Voice. His book, Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis Books, 2010) won a first place book award from the Catholic Press Association.
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.
Hornbeck noted that Racial Justice, which challenged and encouraged the Catholic Church to welcome people of all different racial and ethnic identities, epitomizes the kind of scholarship that the department promotes today. Ethics, justice, and social change have been paramount in faculty scholarship.
“It became clear to us in the theology department that what we were lacking was someone who could speak both out of deep experience and out of deep scholarship about the experience of racial justice in the United States,” 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.”