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