See the latest article by keynoter Richard Gaillardetz in NCR HERE

Late registration? Call the hotel in St. Louis (not the national line): 314-423-9700 and ask for the registration desk, ask for the group rate.

MEDIA COVERAGE IS WELCOME: Contact Paul Leingang, prleingang@gmail.com for credentials

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Salt and Light Television will present The Francis Impact, the documentary sequel to the 2014 film, The Francis Effect. SEE THE TRAILER or for more information CLICK HERE

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Join us at the 2019 Assembly — God’s Priestly People: The Baptized and the Ordained

NEW: May 9, 2019: Pope Francis issues new norms for bishop accountability, proposed by AUSCP Keynoter Cardinal Cupich

CLICK to visit any of the items listed, at left, including a new WELCOME AND OVERVIEW essay from Executive Director Fr. Bob Bonnot on preparing for the assembly.

Airport Marriott • St. Louis • June 24-27, 2019

Keynotes: Cardinal Blase Cupich • Richard Gaillardetz • Sister Norma Pimentel
Retreat: Sebastian Gomes, Salt and Light Media

Register with the AUSCP for 2019 Assembly: CLICK HERE
Book your room now, at $115 per night. CONNECT HERE with the Airport Marriott


*** NEW: March 10, 2019, from Aquinas Emory Thinks: READ The Awakening Church
” . . .
many people in my community are asking are no longer about the protection of children or the abuse itself (though it is still an important topic). They are asking questions about church leadership, clericalism, power structures, and the role of the laity.” These are the topics of our assembly. Please join us!

*** NEW: February 14, 2019: Bishop Gumbleton tells congregation, you are not spectators, you are called to be priest, prophet and leader. Read his homily here. ***

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Planning for Assembly

Sister Suzanne Giblin, CSJ, and Father Bernard Bob” Bonnot enjoy a light moment during the planning retreat for the St. Louis Assembly. Sister Suzanne will help Assembly participants experience a contemplative dimension following keynote addresses.

keynote speakers and retreat leader

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Cardinal Cupich

BLASE CUPICH Then-Archbishop Blase Cupich welcomed AUSCP members to Chicago for the June 2016 Assembly. He will give keynote in St. Louis in June 2019. Cupich is the voice of the pope in the United States.

NEW: FEBRUARY AT THE VATICAN: START OF WORLDWIDE REFORM

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.

READ his profile here from the Archdiocese of Chicago

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Dr. Gaillardetz

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.

Barry University honored Gaillardetz with the 2018 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence. Watch video here (Gaillardetz begins speaking after ten minutes of preliminary material.)

WATCH an interview with Richard Gaillardetz from Boston College Libraries, March 9, 2018.

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Sister Norma Pimentel

PIMENTEL Sister Norma Pimentel is executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.

READ her interview in LaCroix International January 19, 2019

From the Washington Post: January 11, 2019: Sister Norma wanted to show Trump what it is like at the border. He didn’t care to listen

What did Sister Norma write to the president? READ it HERE

READ a column about her work, “God on the Border,” written by Karen Tumulty for the Washington Post, June 29, 2018. 

READ HERE about May 2018 reception of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal

Sister Norma Pimentel has an invitation: Come to the border, be part of what we are experiencing. READ the story here


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Retreat Leader: Sebastian Gomes

Sebastian Gomes, a native of Ontario, earned a BA and MA in Theology and History from Saint John’s University and School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota. His love of history is evident in his approach to contemporary questions about the Catholic Church and its relationship to the wider society. In particular, Sebastian enjoys studying the enduring legacy of the Second Vatican Council and the writings of the recent Popes from Saint John XXIII to Pope Francis.

At Salt and Light as a producer and host, he has created a number of original series and documentaries including, The Church Alive, that won the 2014 Gabriel Award for best religious television series. He produced The Francis Effect, a widely-acclaimed documentary on how Pope Francis rapidly changed the image of the Catholic Church; and The Birth of the Messiah, an exploration of the infancy narratives in the Gospels using the most up-to-date Catholic biblical and archeological scholarship. 

Gomes produced the new documentary entitled, The Francis Impact, to be shown at the AUSCP Assembly. It is a sequel to The Francis Effect to mark the five-year anniversary of the Pope’s election. The film explores how and where the Pope’s vision has taken root and is effecting real grassroots change.  CLICK HERE for more information

WELCOME TO ST. LOUIS, FROM THE ASSEMBLY PLANNERS Leadership Team members, meeting in St. Louis to prepare for June Assembly: Peter Daly, Archdiocese of Washington, DD; Greg Barras, Diocese of Biloxi; Tulio Ramirez, MXY, New York; Sister Jackie Doepker, executive secretary; Lee Bacchi, Diocese of Joliet; Kevin Clinton, Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis; Bill Spilly, Diocese of Rochester; Louis Arceneaux, CM, New Orleans; Aidan McAleenan, Diocese of Oakland; Bob Bonnot, Diocese of Youngstown. Not present: Michael Bausch, Diocese of Rochester; Jim Kiesel, Archdiocese of Baltimore; Clarence Williams, CPPS, National Black Catholic Clergy Conference.

WELCOME TO ST. LOUIS, FROM THE ASSEMBLY PLANNERS
Leadership Team members, meeting in St. Louis to prepare for June Assembly: Peter Daly, Archdiocese of Washington, DD; Greg Barras, Diocese of Biloxi; Tulio Ramirez, MXY, New York; Sister Jackie Doepker, executive secretary; Lee Bacchi, Diocese of Joliet; Kevin Clinton, Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis; Bill Spilly, Diocese of Rochester; Louis Arceneaux, CM, New Orleans; Aidan McAleenan, Diocese of Oakland; Bob Bonnot, Diocese of Youngstown. Not present: Michael Bausch, Diocese of Rochester; Jim Kiesel, Archdiocese of Baltimore; Clarence Williams, CPPS, National Black Catholic Clergy Conference.