Register for 2016 Assembly

Association of U.S. Catholic Priests

2016 Assembly • Chicago • June 27-30

Crowne Plaza Hotel Chicago O'Hare

Address: 5440 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

Phone: (847) 671-6350


AUSCP 2016 Annual Assembly


Monday, June 27

10 AM to 3 PM: Retreat Day (optional) led by Fr. Lou Cameli, “For I Handed on to You What I Received”...A Retreat-Reflection on the Autobiographical Dimension of Ministry.

Father Lou Cameli leads retreat in the Balmoral Room June 27   

Father Lou Cameli leads retreat in the Balmoral Room June 27



4 PM: Opening Session

5:30 PM: Buffet Supper (on patio weather permitting)

7 PM: Presentation by Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ: “Laudato Si': Caring for our Common Home”

Followed by discussion at table and assembly response

9 PM Cash Bar


Tuesday, June 28

7 AM: Optional Mass

7:30 AM: Buffet Breakfast

8:40 AM: Morning Prayer

9 AM: Leadership Team Election

9:20 AM: Discernment of AUSCP Goals

12 PM: Plated Lunch

1 PM: Presentation by Dr. Massimo Faggioli: “Pope Francis and the Unfolding of Vatican II in Today's Church” (followed by table discussion & assembly response)

2:40 PM: Leadership Team Ballot Results

2:45 PM Announcement of Goals for 2016-17

2:50 PM: Implementing Goals thru Member Engagement

3:45 PM: Vespers of Hope

4:30 PM: Free Evening


Wednesday, June 29

7:30 AM: Buffet Breakfast

8:40 AM: Morning Prayer

9 AM: Announcement of Goal Implementation Plans

9:10 AM: Resolution Discernment

12 PM: Plated Lunch

1:30 PM: Presentation by Fr. Peter Phan: “Deus Migrator/God the Migrator: Migration of Theology and the Theology of Migration” (followed by discussion & assembly response)

3:15 PM: Break and load buses for Our Lady of Hope Church

4:15 PM: Mass with Archbishop Blase Cupich as presider.

6 PM: Hosted Bar

6:30 PM Banquet with awards presentation

8 PM Entertainment: The Chicago Community Chorus


Thursday, June 30

7 AM Buffet Breakfast

8 AM: Morning Prayer

8:15 AM: Colloquia Round 1

9:15 AM Break

9:30 AM: Colloquia Round 2

10:30 AM: Assembly Review, Invitation to 2017 Atlanta Assembly, Closing Prayer



Priests’ association returns to the city of its founding


The Fifth Annual Assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests will be held in Chicago, June 27-30, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel, on the theme, “Proclaiming the Gospel of Joy in a Year of Mercy.” The organization was founded by 27 priests who met at Mundelein Seminary in 2011. This will be the first time the association has assembled in Chicago.


Your coverage of the assembly is invited.


Following are several items of particular interest this year:


• The AUSCP welcomes all women religious to hear Keynoter Sister Carol Zinn, speaking on Laudato Si’ on Monday evening, June 27. Other assembly events are for registered members, with this one notable exception. (Coverage of all events is open to members of the media.)


• The Assembly will congratulate the Association of Catholic Priests in Chicago, whose members are observing their fiftieth anniversary this year.


• The AUSCP will observe a “Vespers of Hope” – acknowledging the harm and the healing that is needed as a result of sex abuse for victims, for abusive priests, for priests and leaders who stood by, and for the whole Church.


• Keynote speakers include 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. Her address, June 27, is open to all 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.


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. 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.


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.


• Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich will preside at liturgy on Wednesday afternoon, June 29.


• A banquet Wednesday evening, June 29, will be the occasion for presentation of two new recipients of the Pope John XXIII awards – the highest honors given by the association. Recipients will be Father Doug Dussan, a priest from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, who has served parishioners at home and priests at AUSCP assemblies; and Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, retired auxiliary bishop of Detroit, a founding member of Pax Christi USA, and a highly regarded human rights activist, author and speaker.


• Following the Wednesday banquet, entertainment will be provided by the Chicago Community Chorus, a forerunner in community based musical education engaging more than 130 singers of varying age, culture and ethnicity, and musical experience.


• Priests who choose to arrive early on Monday, June 27, may participate in a retreat with Father Louis Camelli, the Chicago Archbishop's Delegate for Formation and Mission who received the 2015 Touchstone Award from the National Federation of Priests’ Councils. He will guide participants on A Retreat-Reflection on the Autobiographical Dimension of Ministry.


• Priests who participate Thursday morning, June 30, will select from a series of colloquia. Among the topics: “When a Priest Doubts” with Father Donald Cozzens, “Laudato Si’” with Sister Carol Zinn, and “Sexual Orientation” with Father James Schexnayder. AUSCP members are also being asked to select a topic for presentation by Voice of the Faithful and FutureChurch.


The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, founded in 2011 and now a thousand members strong, is the largest association of priests in the United States. With footing in the documents and spirit of the Second Vatican Council, it is “a priests’ voice of hope and joy within our pilgrim church.”


Father Bernard “Bob” Bonnot, a priest of the Diocese of Youngstown, chairs the leadership team of the AUSCP and is available to speak for the association.

Phone: (330) 755-9819



More information is available at the AUSCP website:

or from the AUSCP office, 200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH 44883-3458

Phone: (872) 205-5862