• A2A Assembly to Action: As part of the AUSCP promotion of the "Season of Creation," September 1 - October 4, 2019, the AUSCP Climate Change Working Group has prepared an A2A Newsletter, Eating Choices & Climate Change. You are welcome to used it as a bulletin insert or for small group discussion.
September 18 What’s new today: From NCR: Marie Collins exposes clerical culture behind abuse coverup
September 16 What’s new today: Richard Gaillardetz expects lessons for Church in North America at Amazon Synod
September 13 What’s new today: Is it patriotic (or Christian) to earn money? Opinion in Commonweal
What’s new today (September 3) Massimo Faggioli examines tensions toward scism: The Viganò Letter One Year Later
What’s new today (August 31): Why People Hate Religion (but love Sister Norma)
What’s new today (August 24): Baptism as the foundation of the vocation and ministry of every Christian, clergy and laity alike.” READ the FULL TEXT HERE
ASSEMBLY 2020: Next year Baltimore-Washington, at the Maritime Conference Center • Our Catholic Faith in the Political World Click HERE
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
Cardinal blase cupich
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 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
Sister Norma Pimentel has an invitation: Come to the border, be part of what we are experiencing. READ the story here
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
Photos from the assembly